|Title ID||8368||Collection ID||1187|
|Title||Hanging Out the Cloths; or, Master, Mistress and Maid|
|Theme||Early film in the South East|
|Keywords||Domestic Gardens Clothing Everyday Life Family Play Women Social Class|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A mistress discovers her husband up to no good behind a washing line in this George Albert Smith production from 1897.
A maid hangs washing on a line outside. A man gestures towards her and looks at the camera. He pinches her waist to get her attention and she jumps in alarm. She hesitates before sneaking round the other side of the sheet with him. The well-dressed mistress passes by, stopping to inspect the abandoned washing. Jumping up to peer over the washing line before pulling it down entirely, she discovers the couple. She forces her husband to his knees, pulling at his hair in anger at his infidelity.