Mr. Ben Bolter, strolling down the street, sees the bill poster putting up bills of a burlesque show. He persuades his friend, Mr. Merker, to go with him to the show. While purchasing their... See full summary »

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Ben Bolter
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Mr. Merker - a Friend of Mr. Bolter's
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Nina Celeste - an Actress
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Mr. Ben Bolter, strolling down the street, sees the bill poster putting up bills of a burlesque show. He persuades his friend, Mr. Merker, to go with him to the show. While purchasing their tickets, they see Nina Celeste, the leading lady, and she makes an impression on the susceptible Bolter. He sends her a note, asking her to come out and have cakes and coffee. She is highly amused and tells him to come to New York City and call on her at the Hotel des Imbeciles. Bolter takes it in good faith and feels like a regular "cut-up." He goes to New York and wanders around the streets, asking for the Hotel des Imbeciles, gets himself mistaken for a lunatic, has his pockets picked, and finally lands in a police station, where he telegraphs to Merker to come and get him out of his scrape. Merker does so, but gives him a solemn warning never to make such a tool of himself again. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 March 1912 (USA)  »

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Do You Remember Sweet Nina, Ben Bolter?
5 July 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

John Bunny imagines himself a rake and tries to date Lillian Walker. She laughs and sends him a note that she will meet him at "Le Hotel des Imbeciles" in New York and he spends his time trying to locate it.

John Bunny was fast becoming the most popular comic actor in America at this point. While most of his vehicles had him as the wise, almost cynical older man, this example of his being the butt of the comic short subject is typically well performed. In addition, there are also some nice shots of Pre-War New York City.

If you wish to take a look at this movie, you can find a good copy of it at the Eye Institute site on Youtube, along with many other rare examples of shorts from the era.


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