Mr. Buttles is a Machiavellian butler at Everdun Towers, the estate of the Earl of Everdun. He forms a corporation of the servants to work for tips from guests and persuades the impecunious... See full summary »
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Harry Dunkinson ... Mr. Buttles
Richard Travers ... The Earl of Everdun / Huggins - the Earl's Chauffeur (as Richard C. Travers)
Edna Mayo ... Sallie Flighter
Helen Dunbar ... Mrs. Flighter - Sallie's Mother
Thomas Commerford Thomas Commerford ... Mrs. Flighter - Sallie's Father
Dorothy Granville ... Gwendolyn
Ernest Maupain ... Captain Billy Flatsaddle
Lillian Drew ... Mrs. Flatsaddle
Sidney Ainsworth ... Sir Percy Palmerston
Betty Brown Betty Brown ... Dottie Dorrington
Betty Scott ... Mrs. Tipton
Jack Curtis ... James Bagshot - M.P. (as John Archer Curtis)
Mae Edwards Mae Edwards ... Mrs. Wiggles - the Housekeeper
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Mr. Buttles is a Machiavellian butler at Everdun Towers, the estate of the Earl of Everdun. He forms a corporation of the servants to work for tips from guests and persuades the impecunious Earl to act as the drawing card at a salary. The Earl gets Huggins, his chauffeur, who is his double, to masquerade as His Lordship while he slips off to Paris. Huggins' real name is Hemmingway, an author and London newspaper man looking for local color. Huggins falls in love with Sallie Flighter, an American heiress and guest at the Towers. Huggins tells Sallie who he really is, but Buttles, fearing the end of his scheme, makes the girl think he is a bit balmy. Huggins is led into a compromising situation through the visit of a chorus girl, one of the sweethearts of the Earl. Buttles extricates him on his promise not to try again to reveal his true identity. Buttles engineers two proposed elopements in such a way that he stops both and gets handsome tips. The Earl is informed of the love affair of... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

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English

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12 March 1915 (USA) See more »

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Mr. Buttles Is Missing
4 January 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

This three-reel comedy is an adaptation of writer Frederic Arnold Kummer's three act play, which was reportedly a 1908 stage success, despite a mixed reception two years later in New York City. The titular English butler Harry Dunkinson (as Mr. Buttles) presides over the estate of noble employer Richard Travers (as the Earl of Everdun). Because the Earl has no money, Mr. Dunkinson and the servants get by on tips received from guests attending social events. A crisis occurs when Mr. Travers decides to stop entertaining. Travers also appears as chauffeur "Huggins" - thus, playing two parts of a romantic triangle with gold-digging mother Helen Dunbar's fetching young daughter Edna Mayo (as Sallie).

The Essanay production was "one of the most amusing comedies produced in many a day," according to Tarleton Winchester, in "Motion Picture Magazine" (May 1915), "When it is known that Buttles, who serves in the capacity of butler for the Everdun family and pays the impecunious lord two pounds a week for the privilege, forms a company called Buttles, Ltd., for the purpose of making as much possible out of the guests, it is not hard to imagine the fun that follows...

An American girl, her millionaire father and her mother appear on the scene and disturb the landscape and the Lord's peace of mind considerably, but in the end everything turns out right. There is a great deal of amusing business and clever double exposure in the film. Richard C. Travers plays Lord Everdun and his own chauffeur, whom he leaves in charge of the Towers and who proceeds to fall desperately in love with the American girl, whom his employer wants for himself. Edna Mayo, Helen Dunbar, Thomas Commerford and Mae Edwards give fine support."

***** Mr. Buttles (3/12/15) Joseph Byron Totten ~ Harry Dunkinson, Richard Travers, Edna Mayo, Helen Dunbar


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