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Teddy at the Throttle (1917)

Gloria Dawn lives down the hall from her sweetheart, Bobbie Knight. The dishonest Henry Black is Gloria's guardian, and he is also in charge of Bobbie's inheritance. The scheming guardian ... See full summary »

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Bobbie Knight a Fickle Hearted Youth
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Gloria Dawn - Bobby's Sweetheart
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Henry Black - Gloria's Rascally Guardian
May Emory ...
The Guardian's Sister
Blanche Phillips ...
Bobby's Mercenary Aunt
Charles Bennett ...
John Bennett - Executor
Teddy the Dog ...
Teddy
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Gloria Dawn lives down the hall from her sweetheart, Bobbie Knight. The dishonest Henry Black is Gloria's guardian, and he is also in charge of Bobbie's inheritance. The scheming guardian and his sister have been spending Bobbie's money, and they hope to have the sister marry Bobbie so that they can keep control over his money. Written by Snow Leopard

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Pretty Good Slapstick Comedy
3 December 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good slapstick comedy, with a good cast and a humorously implausible story line. The action builds up nicely as it goes along, and Gloria Swanson and Wallace Beery also make it well worth watching.

The story features Beery as a dishonest guardian who is managing the affairs of a young woman (Swanson) and a young man, in such a way that he brings profit to himself. Beery is very entertaining in the role, with just the right degree of exaggeration in his mannerisms and expressions to maximize the amusing effect without pushing it too far. He was very well-suited to playing this kind of slapstick villain.

The movie maintains a good tone and pace most of the time, keeping up the energy level while not taking itself too seriously. The climactic chase sequence is amusing, and it is filmed in such a way so as to let itself get away with some very zany developments. Overall, it's a good example of the better kind of the Mack Sennett-style manic short comedies.


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