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Live Wires and Love Sparks (1916)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  19 March 1916 (USA)
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Bill, a worker for the telephone company, is eating with his family when the woman across the hall comes to ask whether she can use Bill's phone. When she then asks Bill to come and fix her... See full summary »

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Billie Ritchie ...
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Gene Rogers ...
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Bill, a worker for the telephone company, is eating with his family when the woman across the hall comes to ask whether she can use Bill's phone. When she then asks Bill to come and fix her own telephone, Bill takes advantage of the chance to flirt with her, only to be discovered by her angry husband. And Bill's worries don't end there - his rent collector is looking for him, and there is also an unknown man pursuing him, with the intention of forcing Bill to accept an official-looking envelope. Written by Snow Leopard

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Lots of Activity, But Not Very Funny
8 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There is all kinds of activity in this Billie Ritchie short comedy, with characters racing around for almost the entire running time, but most of it is just not that funny. Ritchie apparently once claimed that Charlie Chaplin got some of his material from Ritchie, but even if that is so, Ritchie certainly did not have the range of comic talents that Chaplin possessed.

The whole story has Ritchie's character, a telephone company worker, being pursued by everyone from a jealous husband to his own angry wife. While it has lots of energy, most of it just does not have much of a sense of timing, and although there are a handful of decent gags, most of it relies on routine slapstick ideas. There is a decent finale that shows some creativity, and it makes up just a little for the routine nature of most of the rest of the movie.


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