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A ticker-tape spells out a man's doom: he's lost his investments. His
girlfriend, who is very well off, offers him her finances, but he won't
have it. A telegram is sent that he is due an inheritance if he is
married before noon. She rushes out in her car with a priest in tow to
meet him, while he tries proposing to every woman in sight.
It's an amusing comedy, not uproariously funny, but cute. "Marry by a certain time, or forfeit your inheritance" was probably an old plot device even when this was made, and yet it's still around. Here, though, it's the woman's attempt to save the pride of the man she loves. A bit embarrassing that he didn't think to call her when he got the telegram - I don't know if she'd be happy to learn he tried proposing to everyone he encountered.
I have to disagree with the other reviewer--I found "Matrimony's Speed Limit" fun and breezy, even if the plot has been recycled a million times. What makes this version different (at least to me) is that the girl dupes her boyfriend into marriage by sending him a fake telegram, and then ends up giving him all of her own money. The ending is particularly charming, with the new husband realizing the deception and the girl wheedling him into compliance.
Ignore the previous comment - the Keaton film was much
A man does badly on Wall Street but refuses to borrow or take money from the woman he is engaged to, so she sends him a message seemingly from a law firm stating that his aunt has died but he must be married by 12 noon that day to be eligible to inherit her money. He makes several comic attempts to marry women who are at hand before marrying the lady who sent the letter just before noon.
Nice shots of suburban Fort Lee, NJ.
A man must marry by noon or lose his inheritance. It's 11:50 a.m. and
he can't find his fiancée.
This was produced and directed by pioneering female film maker Alice Guy-Blaché. It was produced by Solax Studios when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the beginning of the 20th century. That makes it doubly interesting -- the female director, and the fact it came out of New Jersey, which seems odd today.
One of only two of Guy-Blaché's films to survive out of her ouvre of more than 300, its preservation was initially financed by the Women's Film Preservation Fund upon its inauguration in 1995. I have no idea how you lose 298 or more films, but apparently this happens.
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Maybe shorter is better in the case of early female filmmaker Alice Guy as her work here, the 14-minute "Matrimony's Speed Limit" was not really a great watch, even if the National Film registry thought otherwise. The drama here is not really serious, so it is a comedy film from start to finish. Of course, looking at who made this and that it is already over 100 years old, this is a silent film and in black-and-white. Romance aspect is solid and there are one or two funny moments, but I felt that it simply was not enough to be an interesting watch, even if it runs just for a quarter of an hour, or maybe I should say for so long as this runtime was not common at all by 1913. Anyway, I give it a thumbs down. Not recommended despite the two fairly prolific and talented actors from back in the day.
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