Mary Jane’s Mishap; Or, Don’t Fool with the Paraffin (1903)

UK,
4m, 250 feet/76 metres
35mm film, black and white
silent

A British fantasy film directed by George Albert Smith.

Plot Summary

Mary Jane the maid tries to light a fire by pouring paraffin into the grate. Inevitably there's a huge explosion which fires Mary Jane up the chimney and into the sky, her remains falling messily to earth. An old lady and several other maids mourn at her grave and Mary Jane's ghost appears to fighten them off.

Credits

Crew
Director: George Albert Smith
G.A.S. Films

Cast
Mrs G.A. Smith [real name: Laura Bayley] (Mary Jane)

Alternative Titles

Mary Jane malörje – Hungarian title
Mary Jane's Mishap – alternative title

Extracts included in
Paul Merton's Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema (2010)
Silent Britain (2006)

References

Periodicals
Film History vol.16 no.1 (2004) pp.54-59 – illustrated article (Mary Jane's Mishap: An early British film re-examined by John Barnes)

Books
by Walt Lee p.292 – credits