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A Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema

Author: Pamela Short from Canada
15 July 2015

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Poor but amiable Irish lad, Chimmie Fadden ( Victor Moore ) , lives with his mother and brother Larry ( Raymond Hatton ) in New York's Bowery. When Chimmie is arrested for fighting to defend a newsboy from a bully, Fanny Van Cortlandt ( Anita King ), a millionaire's daughter on a charity mission, who witnesses the fight, arranges for his release. After Chimmie rescues Fanny from a masher, he becomes a bumbling servant at the Van Cortlandt Long Island mansion, where he falls in love with Hortense ( Camille Astor ), the French maid. One night Chimmie discovers his brother Larry and the valet Antoine ( Tom Forman ) stealing the silver. Chimmie knocks Antoine unconscious and hides Larry in a fireplace when Van Cortlandt ( Ernest Joy ) enters to investigate. Feigning intoxication, Chimmie takes the blame for the noise, and Larry escapes with the silver. The next day Chimmie, now discharged, finds Larry and takes the satchel of silver to return it, but the police arrest him for the crime. After Larry confesses, at the insistence of his mother, Chimmie, now released, finally steals a kiss from Hortense.

This 1915 silent comedy was directed by Cecil B. DeMille for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. Starring actor Victor Moore, this film now tragically remains a lost silent.

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The 34 Year Old Cecil B. DeMille

Author: Single-Black-Male from London, England
17 November 2003

DeMille adapted E.W. Townsend's play into this film which, although it may have been enjoyable to watch when it was released, does not stand the test of time. His early films are insipid, which means that he's probably a better producer than director.

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