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Alkali Ike's Auto (1911)

Both "Alkali" and "Mustang" Pete loved Betty Brown, and the lady had her hands full in keeping the lovers from shooting each other. One day "Alkali" called on Betty with a pair of handsome ... See full summary »
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Victor Potel
Fred Church
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Both "Alkali" and "Mustang" Pete loved Betty Brown, and the lady had her hands full in keeping the lovers from shooting each other. One day "Alkali" called on Betty with a pair of handsome saddle horses and asked her to go riding with him. She agreed, but the resourceful "Mustang," driving up with a handsome horse and carriage, carried off the lady. "Alkali" goes to the village inn, inclined to drink himself to death, but finally trades for an old junk automobile his two horses, and clambering in the seat, starts in pursuit of his rival and the lady. Overtaking them, he has no difficulty in persuading Betty to ride with him. But the auto breaks down and "Alkali," endeavoring to fix it, turns on the juice and the rattle-trap car starts down the trail at lightning speed, leaving "Alkali" behind. After a thrilling and exciting ride the car is ditched and poor Betty is thrown headlong into the road. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 May 1911 (USA)  »

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Fairly Good Short Comedy
25 March 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly good short comedy that makes reasonable use of its characters and possibilities. Some of it is a little too silly, but a lot of it works pretty well. The best laughs in it probably come more from the situation itself than from any of the specific gags.

Alkali Ike seems to have been a rather popular character for a while. In this feature, he and Mustang Pete get into a rivalry over a woman, and the two begin a one-upmanship battle while trying impress her, with consequences that are generally amusing. There's nothing especially creative, but it has an easygoing style that makes it pleasant to watch. Its probably a little better than average for the short comedies of its era.


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