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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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Sterling Shines but The Film Doesn't
19 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Her Torpedoed Love (1917)

** (out of 4)

A worthless butler (Ford Sterling) learns that the boss he hates has left everything to the cook (Louise Fazenda) so he plans on killing of that boss as well as the cook's husband so that he can marry her and get all the money. HER TORPEDOED LOVE features a pretty wild story, which could have only come from Keystone during this period. Again, it's rather amazing to watch these films today and wonder why the moral police of 1917 weren't more upset over some of the plots to these films. This one here deals with various stages of murder, stealing a woman and countless other acts yet I'm sure people loved this back in the day. With that said, my love for it wasn't all that strong as I felt that once again we have a film that just doesn't contain enough laughs to make it worth viewing. The film clocks in at 20-minutes, which certainly seems to drag at times and it certainly doesn't help that not too much happens during the first ten minutes or so. The second half finally picks up as we get some action of a boat being hit by the "torpedo pirates" and this leads to a chase at the end once everyone realizes what's going on. Sterling is certainly the highlight of the film as he chews scenery like no other villain could. I really didn't care too much Fazenda as she was a bit too bland for my liking.


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