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A Prodigal Bridegroom (1926)

Ben returns from the big city with his pockets full of cash. A hard-hearted, gold-digging vamp ensnares him. Ben enjoys being ensnared. In order to get rid of his faithful sweetheart, he schemes up a preposterous tale.

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Rodney St. Clair
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Gertie Gray
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Rodney's Father
Thelma Hill ...
Lizzie Boone
William McCall ...
Lizzie's Father
Irving Bacon ...
Lizzie's Brother
Marvin Loback ...
Pete - the Hired Man
Dave Morris ...
Gertie's Partner
Louise Carver ...
Bonnie May
Barney Hellum ...
The Mudpack Salesman
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Gertie's Father in Flashback
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Ben returns from the big city with his pockets full of cash. A hard-hearted, gold-digging vamp ensnares him. Ben enjoys being ensnared. In order to get rid of his faithful sweetheart, he schemes up a preposterous tale.

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vamp | sweetheart | scheme | big city | usa | See All (22) »

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Short | Comedy

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Passed
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26 September 1926 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Funny and A Great Cast
17 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Prodigal Bridegroom is a delightful silent comedy from the Mack Sennett studios. It stars legendary cross-eyed comedienne Ben Turpin, bathing beauty Thelma Hill, and screen vamp Madeline Hurlock.

The story starts with Rodney St. Clair (Ben Turpin) and Lizzie Boone (Thelma Hill) frolicking in a meadow and happily planning their wedding. Rodney is a poor country boy so he goes to the city to earn some money. Unfortunately on the way home he meets gold digging Gertie Gray (Madeline Hurlock) who tries to seduce him into marrying her. Now Rodney must choose between his homely fiancé or the beautiful vamp.

Since this is a Sennett comedy there are a lot of silly gags and even a sword fight. Ben, Madeline, and especially Thelma give wonderful performances. It's a shame Thelma Hill never became a big star because she's a beautiful and talented actress. She died in 1938 at the young age of 31.


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