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 ...
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Francis J. Grandon,
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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
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
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Jealous villain Ford Sterling has been spurned by damsel Mabel Normand. Vengeful Sterling wields a large mallot before his two henchman tie Mabel to the railroad tracks. As Sterling steps onto the tracks he drops the mallot onto his feet and reacts in pain for the camera. If one watches him drop the mallot over & over again on video or dvd you can see that the mallot doesn't come any where near his feet. See more »
This silly, manic Mack Sennett classic is good fun for anyone who enjoys silent comedies. It displays Sennett's frantic, deliberately goofy style at its best. It is a parody and a deliberate exaggeration of some of the conventions of melodrama that were apparently routine even in 1913, complete with the villain tying the heroine to a railroad track. Mabel Normand is delightful as the heroine, Ford Sterling overplays the villain for all that it's worth (twiddling his mustache as often as possible), Sennett himself appears as Mabel's rather silly beau, and then-famous racing car driver Barney Oldfield also joins in the fun. There are a couple of very funny gags, along with some real excitement as the good guys try to foil the villain's dastardly plots. While of course thoroughly goofy, this one is well worth tracking down if you like these old silent films.
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