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Her Torpedoed Love (1917)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  13 May 1917 (USA)
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A young woman works as a cook as the sole means of support for herself and her husband, who, because of the nature of his profession, only works one day a year. She is unaware that her ... See full summary »

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A young woman works as a cook as the sole means of support for herself and her husband, who, because of the nature of his profession, only works one day a year. She is unaware that her wealthy, aging and gout-ridden employer, Phillip Nobrains, has left her everything in his will. Nobrains' crooked butler, Reginald Scuttle, does learn about the will. To get Nobrains' money, Scuttle plans on getting rid of both Nobrains and the girl's husband so that he can enter into what only he would know is a fake marriage with her, she who would become an heiress. To get rid of Nobrains, Scuttle misinforms him of the fact that some submarine pirates will be targeting his upcoming cruise vacation. For the husband, Scuttle manages to get him a job as a cabin boy on the cruise. Scuttle's scheme goes according to plan, until... which leads to mayhem for all concerned. Written by Huggo

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It is very low on laughs and features a very bizarre plot to say the least!
13 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Louise Fazenda and Ford Sterling (evil butler) Charley Chase and Edgar Kennedy in small roles submarine pirates?

Ford Sterling played in a ton of films for Mack Sennett. He played a variety of roles--including heroes, the leader of the Keystone Kops as well as villains. In "Her Torpedoed Love" he's in the role of a slimy villain--a butler who wants to kill off his boss and marry the boss' cook--who is already married! Now here comes the ODD part of the plot--the plot to kill the boss. His boss has been sent a letter from a shipping company warning him about 'submarine pirates'(what's a submarine pirate???) and Ford alters the letter to make it sound like there are NO submarine pirates. And, so, the boss and the cook's husband head off to their probable demise. What's next? See the film to find out for yourself.

The film doesn't have a lot of laughs but it does have an engaging little plot. It also has Charley Chase and Edgar Kennedy in small supporting roles. Worth seeing if you are a huge fan of the genre--but a film that probably won't impress others.

By the way, one reason the film might mention 'submarine pirates' instead of German subs (which were a serious threat at the time) is that the US was not yet at war with Germany and I assume Keystone didn't want to alienate its audience by making the subs German. However, by the time the film came out in May, the US was officially at war with the Central Powers (including Germany) and I am surprised that they didn't go back and change the intertitle cards to make them the now dreaded Germans.


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