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26 December 1915 (USA) See more »
An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral's uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Syd Chaplin ... A Waiter
Phyllis Allen ... A Militant Guest
Glen Cavender ... A Shrewd Inventor / Ship Captain
Wesley Ruggles ... Inventor's Accomplice / Sub Officer
Josh Binney ... Hotel Manager (as Harold J. Binney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Albert ... Man in Lobby with Bowtie (uncredited)
Frank Alexander ... Man on Crutches (uncredited)
Cecile Arnold ... A Peach at the Hotel (uncredited)
Minnie Chaplin ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Ted Edwards ... Waiter (uncredited)

Louise Fazenda ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert ... Torpedo Loader (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Navigator / Torpedo Loader (uncredited)
Charles Lakin ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Grover Ligon ... Cook (uncredited)

Harold Lloyd ... Cook (uncredited)
Mort Peebles ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fritz Schade ... Chef (uncredited)
Josef Swickard ... Surplus Store Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Avery 
Syd Chaplin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mack Sennett 

Produced by
Mack Sennett .... producer
Production Management
Hampton Del Ruth .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grover G. Tigor .... assistant director

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24 min (TCM print)
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Not Too Many Laughs but It's Interesting, 17 September 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

A Submarine Pirate (1915)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A dimwitted waiter (Syd Chaplin) overhears a couple men talking about using a submarine to rob a ship carrying gold so he decides to buy an outfit and get on board the sub to try and do the thing himself. A SUBMARINE PIRATE really doesn't work too well as a comedy but I think film buffs are going to be entertained simply by how much this thing tries to do. This was Mack Sennett's first film for Triange Pictures so perhaps this explains why this seems to have a much bigger budget and more plot than the type of films he was turning out at Keystone. For 1915 this has a pretty detailed plot as we get all sorts of stuff going on but the most shocking thing is that this appeared to have been shot on a real sub. I thought some of these scenes were really brought to life by Chaplin including one where we see him running around on the front of the sub. We also get a few moments in the sub, which might not be funny but it's still interesting to see. Chaplin, as you'd expect, works best early on when he's playing the moron waiter and I think we get some funny jokes here including one bit where he pretty much has everything that belongs on the table in his pants and coat. At 24-minutes the film doesn't have enough laughs to make it a complete success but film buffs should enjoy it.

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