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A Movie Star (1916)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  26 January 1916 (USA)
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Just as the local movie theater is about to begin showing a picture, the star of the film arrives and comes to see the movie himself. On screen, the star must rescue his girl from danger. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Mack Swain ...
Handsome Jack - Screen Hero
Louella Maxam ...
Nell - Jack's Screen Sweetheart
Mai Wells ...
Jack's Screen Mother (as May Wells)
Ray Grey ...
Jack's Screen Rival
Phyllis Allen ...
Jack's Real Wife
Harry McCoy ...
One-Man Orchestra
Nick Cogley ...
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Just as the local movie theater is about to begin showing a picture, the star of the film arrives and comes to see the movie himself. On screen, the star must rescue his girl from danger. In the theater, the star finds that not all of the audience admires his acting as much as he does. Written by Snow Leopard

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Entertaining Self-Parody
5 February 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short feature has some pretty good comedy that is a bit more understated than Mack Sennett's usual fare, and it is also an entertaining self-parody of the movie industry (as it existed in the 1910's - but surely there are close parallels in any era). It has a film-within-a-film setup that works pretty well, with Mack Swain as "A Movie Star" watching one of his own films. The parallel action comes across well most of the time, and it is worth watching the audience closely for the details of their responses to the screen action. It seems a little more structured than many of Sennett's earlier films, but it also has a good dose of the roughneck slapstick for which he was usually known. This one's worth a look for anyone who likes silent comedies.


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