Movie Monday: One-Thing-At-A-Time O’Day 1919

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There weren’t any movies released on today’s date. So, I will use yesterday’s date. One-hundred years, ago, yesterday, One-Thing-At-A-Time O’Day was released. Based on a short story by William Pelley, it was directed by John Ince with the adaptation written by George Baker. A lost, silent comedy film, it starred Bert Lytell, Joseph Kilgour, Eileen Percy, Stanton Heck, William Carroll and Bull Montana.


A serious-minded boob named Stradivarious O’Day, because his music-loving mother says he “fiddles his time away”, acquires his nickname because of his motto of “one thing at a time and that done well.” Falling in love when he first sees circus bareback rider Prairie-Flower Marie, O’Day, living off his inheritance, follows the circus until the pestered manager gives him a job cleaning his Ford. With the help of a manual, O’Day learns to drive and secures employment with the circus as a chauffeur. After strong man Gorilla Lawson, who also loves Marie, beats him up, O’Day contacts his friend, boxer Roughneck M’Dool, to teach him to fight. Lawson, frightened by O’Day’s daily development, steals the circus receipts, and the Ford, on the day of their scheduled fight but, O’Day overtakes and whips him. After O’Day weds Marie, he unwittingly goes against his motto when he becomes the father of twins.


7 thoughts on “Movie Monday: One-Thing-At-A-Time O’Day 1919

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    June 25, 2019 at 3:23 AM

    That’s a picture with a thousand possibilities

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 25, 2019 at 4:05 PM

      Exactly! Those early silents frequently had men playing women.

    badfinger20 said:
    July 11, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    You pulled out a movie with no one I know… I know the name Ince but from Tom Ince. You Vic have been a posting fool since I’ve been gone. I gotta long way to catch up.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 11, 2019 at 12:44 AM

      With a last name like Ince, they are probably related.

      I’m not that steady. I didn’t post yesterday. Too much going on…

      No worries.

        badfinger20 said:
        July 11, 2019 at 12:47 AM

        I was thinking they might be.

        I’m upping mine a little for tomorrow and this weekend. Doing a 3 part Mash and a favorite group that no one knows…Shocking Blue.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          July 11, 2019 at 12:53 AM


            badfinger20 said:
            July 11, 2019 at 12:55 AM

            Yes! I’m doing that last…I like their other songs that no one has heard of…thought I would slip them in with the Mash.

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