|Title ID||8391||Collection ID||1188|
|Title||Dear Boys Come Home for the Holidays|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Family life|
|Keywords||Children Interiors Holidays Clothing Schools Family|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Two boys cause havoc in their family home in this 1904 comedy by James Williamson.
Two young boys enter a house from a carriage on the street outside, running and laughing. A maid carries a suitcase into the house while the boys run into another room. Two women and a man sit at a table together. One of the boys dances around wearing the man's top hat and he chases them both out of the door. A boy sneaks in, stashing flour in the top hat that sits on the dresser. As the women and guest finish their tea the excitable boys enter undetected and tie a corner of the tablecloth to the man's coat-tails while his back is turned. He walks forwards, taking the tablecloth, cups and saucers with him. The man chases the boys around the room, with table cloth still attached to his jacket. He shakes the women's hands and leaves in a hurry, tipping the flour the boys had sneaked into his hat over his head.
The boys are then seen at a table with a baby in a high chair. When the maid leaves, the boys quickly draw a dark moustache, beard and eyebrows on the child's face. The boys laugh with one another before the maid scolds them and comforts the baby. A close-up of the crying child follows.
The boys are then seen on the stairs with a white rabbit. They are seen to replace some food under a cover with the rabbit while the butler seduces the maid. Upon his return, the Butler takes the platter into a room. The boys peer round the open door before running upstairs. Their father enters the hall holding the rabbit by its ears. He takes the boys off, the butler behind waving the cane their father will scold them with. The boys are seen post-caning, sobbing into hankies and limping in pain before they break into laughter, pulling cardboard out from the back of their trousers.