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The Lightning Bell-Hop (1916)

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The flirty proprietor of the Outside Inn catches his bellboy laughing at him and throws him into the street, just in time to be caught by Musty, who is passing by. When Musty learns that ... See full summary »

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Harry Watson ...
Musty Suffer (as Harry Watson Jr.)
George Bickel ...
Willie Work
Dan Crimmins ...
The Innkeeper
H.H. McCullum ...
The Tragedian
Della Connor ...
Flossie Footlight - the Actress
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The flirty proprietor of the Outside Inn catches his bellboy laughing at him and throws him into the street, just in time to be caught by Musty, who is passing by. When Musty learns that the bellboy has been discharged and that there is consequently a vacancy in the hotel organization, he drops him to the sidewalk, enters the inn and applies for the position. Proving himself the lightning bell-boy of the world, he is accepted. Musty soon learns that the grand stairway of the hotel is a trick staircase and that by pulling a lever the stairs will straighten out, converting the stairway into a chute. After descending the incline on his own account, he tries it out on various patrons with satisfactory results. The elevator, operated by hand power, sticks when a corpulent guest acts as cargo and a horse is commandeered to raise the lift. All goes well until a passing farmer inadvertently cuts the rope with his scythe. Then follows a vivid illustration of the descent of man. Musty plays ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 April 1916 (USA)  »

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The Mishaps of Musty Suffer #6: The Lightning Bell-Hop  »

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Musty Suffer
11 April 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

George Kleine was a member of the Edison Patents Trust who made most of his money importing Italian films into the United States. With the outbreak of the First World War, however, his supply of films dried up, so he went into production himself. Because Italian slapstick was the most brutal and unrepentant variety current, he produced the Musty Suffer series, which tied with Billie Ritchie's series for nastiness and beat it hollow for filth. For the role of Musty he got Harry Watson Jr., whose performance as a tramp clown had made him a Ziegfeld star in 1907.

In this one, Musty gets roped into being the bellhop of the Outside Inn, a hotel in which the elevator is powered by Musty hauling on a rope. Variations on this make up the majority of the gag and while it is funny, it is certainly not the best of the series. Still, at least no one performs plastic surgery on him with a hack saw in this one.


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