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Hearts and Diamonds (1914)

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Tupper meets the wealthy Miss Whipple at a baseball game. When she declares that she just adores baseball players, Tupper starts up a team.

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Cast

Cast overview:
John Bunny ...
Widower Tupper
Flora Finch ...
Miss Rachel Whipple
Ethel Lloyd ...
Tupper's Daughter
Ethel Corcoran ...
Tupper's Daughter
Charles Eldridge ...
Toper Staggs - The Uncle
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Uncle William
Kalman Matus ...
Jack
Arthur Cozine ...
Harry - The Daughter's Boyfriend
Lennie Smith ...
Misty Catheson
J. Herbert Frank
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Tupper meets the wealthy Miss Whipple at a baseball game. When she declares that she just adores baseball players, Tupper starts up a team.

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Short | Comedy

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TV-G
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26 September 1914 (USA)  »

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(2007 alternate)

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1.33 : 1
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The ballpark scenes were filmed at Federal League Park, also known as Washington Park, in Brooklyn. The park was home to the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the Federal League and was located at the corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd Street in Brooklyn. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Early Comedy of John Bunny
20 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

John Bunny seems to have been the first popular American screen comedian. By 1915, Bunny would be dead and Charlie Chaplin was becoming the top clown. Most of these short comedies from the early 1910s and before don't seem funny today, so their main appeal now is mostly historical. Bunny preceded Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle to the screen the good-natured fat man type. Working for the Vitagraph Company, Bunny's comedy wasn't the knockabout slapstick that Keystone and others made, which is where Arbuckle and Chaplin began, although Bunny still occasionally hits a few people. His films were more situational and plot oriented; at two reels, "Hearts and Diamonds" is longer than most early comedies and allows more time for narrative.

In this two-reeler, Bunny courts the wealthy Miss Whipple (played by his usual leading lady, who's contrastingly tall and thin, Flora Finch). He hides his daughters with their uncle because he believes Miss Whipple will favor a bachelor over a widower. He plays in a rigged baseball exhibition game because of her stated adoration of ballplayers. Some of it's tiresome, but, overall, not a bad comedy for 1914. The gags involving the near-deafness of the uncle work the best.


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