Mr. Flip flirts with every woman he sees, and ends up with a pie, shaving cream, and seltzer in his face.

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A young man considers himself quite irresistible, and through his egotism runs the gamut of misadventures. After dressing himself in extraordinarily bad taste, he sallies forth to conquer the fair sex. He first enters a dry goods store, approaches the ribbon counter and endeavors to start a flirtation with a saleswoman, and is severely reprimanded by receiving a slap in the face, and is ejected from the store. He then in turn enters a manicuring parlor, telephone office, a lady barber shop, bar room and lunch room, and in each instance his fate is the same as that experienced in the dry goods store. However, he apparently refuses to be subdued, and we next find him occupying a box seat at a vaudeville show. A very attractive soubrette is doing a song and dance, and after starting a flirtation with her, he sends her a bouquet with his card, requesting that she meet him after the show. The actress, upon going to her dressing room, formulates a plan to have her colored maid keep the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 May 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy The Bachelor's Wife (1909). See more »

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The First Pushed Pie
1 November 2012 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Reviewers here do not seem to understand the historical significance of this film. This is the first film in history where a man's face gets mashed by a pie.

Think of the thousands of films and television shows where someone receives a pie in their face. All the great comedians of the 20th century received pies in the face from Mabel Normand and Chaplin to Lucille Ball and Woody Allen.

Of all the comedians of the 20th century, Ben Turpin was the very first to receive a pie. Admittedly it is pushed in his face and not thrown. However, it is the climax of the film. This indicates that Broncho Billy Anderson and Ben Turpin knew they had hit on someone good. They probably never realized how good. It was Mack Sennett who started to incorporate pie throwing in his films starting in 1913, four years later.

While the sexism of another age is offensive or amusing, the real historical value of bringing pies in the face to cinema makes this a unique and must-see part of cinema and comedy history.

All hail Ben Turpin and Broncho Billy Anderson for their amazing invention of this universally loved gag.


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