The "money scene" in College Chums occurs early in the film, as a young man argues with his sweetheart via telephone. Their two-way conversation is conveyed by "splitting" the screen and showing hero and heroine in separate irises. Their heated words appear on-camera in the form of written letters, which parade across the screen in the manner of a modern-day TV news bulletin. All of this trickery is secondary to the story itself, which concerns the efforts by the hero's college chum to mollify the heroine by dressing in drag and posing as the hero's sister. This plot device evidently made sense to 1908 audiences, who registered no complaints about the film.
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