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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30 April 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

First, I must tell you that I think Ben Turpin is one of the unfunniest screen comics in the history of the cinema. There are screen comics -- Larry Semon, for example -- who are complete nullities so far as I am concerned, but Ben Turpin's screen performances go beyond not funny into the realm of active terror. In the 1920s, when he had developed his cross-eyed gag, he was invariably cast in some horrific role, armed with a shotgun or performing delicate surgery. Some people must have thought it was funny, but it makes me want to flee the scene of the coming crime.

However, even Ben Turpin had to start somewhere, and this is near the beginning of his on-screen career. He plays a young dandy in a world populated by women, all of whom he wants to tap on the shoulder and all of whom retaliate with traditional comic attacks, often involving seltzer bottles. There is little ornamentation of this basic gag and it goes on for the longest two or three minutes I have ever spent in a theater.

Today he would be subject to a class action suit for sexual harassment. Too bad an audience has no such recourse.


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