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Don't Weaken! (1920)

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A dancing instructor gets involved with a newly rich family.


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Cast overview:
Ford Sterling ...
Professor Yonson - the Dancing Master
James Finlayson ...
Lightfingered Luke - Professor Yonson's Assistant
Charles Murray ...
Frank Reilly
Fanny Kelly ...
Reilly's Wife
Harriet Hammond ...
Reilly's Daughter
Joseph Belmont ...
Reilly's Daughter's Beau


Former saloon owner Frank Reilly has recently become part of the nouveau riche, but is having a hard time shedding his working class past and manners. So he decides to throw a party for the upper class primarily to show off the dancing talents of his daughter, taught by Professor Yonson of Paris, he who has no respect for the other dancing teachers at the dancing school where he teaches. One of those teachers, angry at Professor Yonson letting him go, decides to crash the party masquerading as the visiting Prince of Siberia. A boxing ring set up at the party leads to some hijinks between the men, some who aren't who they appear on the surface. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short





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5 September 1920 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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17 July 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a very good Sennett comedy from when he was being distributed by Paramount -- not that there's much evidence, since Paramount never did much to preserve their own features, let alone the shorts that they 'merely' distributed.

Regardless, this is a very good one with two of Sennett's old pros Charlie Murray and Ford Sterling facing each other in a boxing match for the usual nonsensical reasons. Murray is recently rich because of inventing a new sort of fire extinguisher, and Sterling plays a dancing master -- and has the moves to match.

Earlier we get to see them doing some of their standard bits as Murray holds onto his lower-class habits, despite his social-climbing wife and Sterling is obnoxious to his pupils. The two of them really knew how to do these bits and journeyman director Mal St. Clair gives them their heads.

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