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Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  2 June 1913 (USA)
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Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns ... See full summary »

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Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns for help to the great Barney Oldfield, who jumps in his racing car and speeds to the rescue. Written by Snow Leopard

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Not especially funny
22 June 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Barney Oldfield was like the Mario Andretti, Ricky Bobby or Dale Earnhardt of his day--a racing legend. However, today he's mostly forgotten despite his being the first man to achieve the amazingly fast speed of 60 miles per hour (fine...but at that time it WAS quite the achievement). As a result of his fame, he later went on to appear in a few films--and "Barney Oldfield's Race for Life" is one of them. It's a short comedy from Keystone starring Barney as well as the prolific Mabel Normand and Ford Sterling. Mabel is, as usual, the lady in distress and Sterling, as usual, is the Snidely Whiplash sort who kidnaps her and chains her to the railroad tracks. So, it's up to Oldfield and his partner to race to the rescue and get her before the train can cut her into pieces. Unfortunately, at the end the director had no idea what to do so Sterling just starts killing cops!! None of this (particularly the cop massacre) is funny but at least it had a couple nice stunts and driving sequences. Mostly of historical interest.


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