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The First 100 Years (1924)

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A man saves his lady love from Black Mike then comes wedded bliss. He hires a cook, who's brusque, domineering, and constantly smoking a cigar. Out of the blue, the couple gets a visit from... See full summary »

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Harry Langdon ...
Mr. Newlywed
Alice Day ...
Mrs. Newlywed
Frank J. Coleman ...
Roland Stone aka Willie Cheatham (as Frank Coleman)
Louise Carver ...
Phillie Mignon - First Cook
Madeline Hurlock ...
Miss Gainsborough aka Lydia Winkerton - Second Cook
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A man saves his lady love from Black Mike then comes wedded bliss. He hires a cook, who's brusque, domineering, and constantly smoking a cigar. Out of the blue, the couple gets a visit from his old friend, Roland Stone, bluff and portly. Roland befriends our newly-wed's wife, and this friendship deepens after the husband hires a new cook, the lovely Miss Gainsborough, who gives her boss a little too much friendly attention. That night, a prowler skulks, Miss Gainsborough faints, the newly-wed husband comes to her rescue, and she grabs him and holds on. His wife is offended and determines to leave with Roland. Is the marriage over? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 August 1924 (USA)  »

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A plate wobbles after it is thrown into the cupboard by Annie (suggesting a reverse process). See more »

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The First 100 Years are certainly not the worst
24 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched the thirteen-minute partial reconstruction of this short, available on the "Harry Langdon Collection: Lost and Found" DVD set. If you have access to the full twenty-minute-or-so version, contact a film archive as soon as you can.

I don't like to use the word "tragedy" to describe seven minutes of film being misplaced, but I really wish this film existed in a complete version. It's a hilarious comedy of Harry Langdon's total inability to deal with a tough cook he and his wife have hired, her suspicions of the seductive replacement they take on, and a malicious intruder in his house. Placing the wide-eyed innocent Harry among such sordid elements is inspired and places him in his best element. Relatively early in his career he is already playing the entire film like a master, and the direction allows him time to relax and react at a methodical pace. It's his comedy genius that turns what could have been another iteration of a common gag (that catsup looks like blood!) into something hilarious and unforgettable with just a few seconds' worth of facial expressions.

Alice Day seems to have picked up a little of the technique, in fact, and she is great as she reacts Louise Carver's burly cigar-smoking cook, and her suspiciously beautiful replacement. Carver is so over-the-top in her characterization that it's perfect.

This is a great thirteen minutes of comedy in its present form -- my thanks to those who have preserved it, and my hopes for the recovery of the rest!


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