Lady Barrister (1908)
Short, Comedy · 6 June 1908
A woman attorney is seen in her apartment with her poor henpecked husband, who is more like her man servant than her better half. She is so taken up with her studies in law that she finds no time to bother with household duties, thus putting the burden on her husband who is compelled to take care of the baby, clean the house, do the cooking and be on hand, ready to answer whenever the wife calls on him to attend to her wants. Things do not run very smoothly, however, which is not at all surprising, so she finally decides to take a hand in the domestic affairs herself. She makes an attempt to care for the baby, but gets interested in her books and forgets that the child is living. Then she goes into the kitchen to cook a meal but makes such a bad job of it that she finally decides to let her spouse continue in his capacity of cook and nurse. Soon she is summoned to her office by a hard looking criminal who is in trouble and wants her to defend his case. She leaves her husband in the dining room caring for the child, and hurries to interview the client. The husband's curiosity aroused, he peeks through the keyhole and soon becomes furiously jealous as he sees the client in familiar conversation with his wife, so bolts in and orders the man from his house. The next scene is in the court room when the lady barrister arrives with her client. A female friend being also in the court room becomes jealous on seeing that her friend's lawyer is a woman, so it is not long before a free-for-all fight and hair-pulling match takes place. The husband packs the baby in a trunk, starts for the court and arrives just as the wife has won her case, and, in the excitement, leaves it there. The old judge finds it and, discovering the contents, sends it to the parents. When they arrive home the female lawyer has come to the realization that her domestic duties are more to her than the study of law and takes her baby to her heart and promises her husband that she will devote the rest of her life to her family.
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