Movie Monday: The Brash Drummer & The Nectarine 1914

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One-hundred, five years ago, today, The Brash Drummer and The Nectarine was released. A short, silent, black & white comedy, it was written and directed by George Ade, a popular American humorist for his time and a follower of Mark Twain. Starring Wallace Beery and Bevery Bayne, this piece was one of Ade’s Fables in Slang.


Gabby Gus made the town regularly every month. He was a swell guy and thought he could cop most any Jane that he took a liking to. Clara Louise Willoughby, a farmer’s daughter with a pretty face and figure, took the salesman’s eye. He looked the old gent up in Dunn and Bradstreet and, discovered that the old boy was worth some coin. Then, he set his traps for the daughter. Dad, however, sent her away to boarding school and when she returned, she was the swellest peach in the orchard. They all fell for her. Gus hastened to her home where he discovered she was some lemon when it came to the country stuff and that she was a real ‘highfalutin’ society butterfly now. […] her aspirations were higher than a poor hick drummer. She made him feel awfully small. [Source]

I can’t find a video clip of this film but, I did find Ade’s Fables in Slang in audio book form. It has 26 stories and was published in 1899. [Disclaimer: It is nearly two hours long.] ~Vic

5 thoughts on “Movie Monday: The Brash Drummer & The Nectarine 1914

    badfinger20 said:
    June 20, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    I have read about Wallace Beery…he was huge but in some scandal that brought down his career.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 20, 2019 at 1:53 AM

      I was reading about him. His first wife was Gloria Swanson. She claimed he raped her on their wedding night and gave her something to drink that aborted a pregnancy.

      He was not well-liked in the business. I stumbled across something about his implication in the beating death of a comedian.

        badfinger20 said:
        June 20, 2019 at 9:16 AM

        Thats right… Ted Healy the creator of the Three Stooges I believe. It was covered up.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          June 20, 2019 at 5:05 PM

          Yep. Whomever was blamed wasn’t who did it.

            badfinger20 said:
            June 20, 2019 at 5:17 PM

            It was a lot of those unknown cases back in those days like Thomas Ince.

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