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Thrills of Yesterday (1931)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  October 1931 (USA)
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This short takes a comic look at serious moments from past serials. In part I - "Gin" - of "The Curse of a Drinking Heart", a woman is drowning her sorrows in a bar. Upon leaving, she is ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
William Duncan ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Marguerite Marsh ...
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Ruth Stonehouse ...
Herself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)


This short takes a comic look at serious moments from past serials. In part I - "Gin" - of "The Curse of a Drinking Heart", a woman is drowning her sorrows in a bar. Upon leaving, she is attacked. Will anyone come to her rescue? In "Gun-and-a-Half Dugan", the hero and heroine are trapped in a house by marauding gunman above Cactus Gulch. Can our two heroes escape capture? In "The Man Without a Country-Club", a villain is holding a young couple out fishing at gunpoint. Mother Nature may be on our young couple's side. In "The Clutching Foot", villains are trying to get the secret formula from our hero. They manage to tie him up. But as our hero is played by Harry Houdini, how long will it be until his magic can get him out of this predicament? In "The Perils of Pauline Lipschitz", an adventurer in Africa is mesmerized by the dancing blond white woman native to the area. And in "The Yellow Tickee", two Chinese villains are chasing our hero atop a big city's skyscrapers. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy





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October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pepper Pot (1931-1932 season) #2: Thrills of Yesterday  »

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Vitaphone production reel #1261. See more »


Wait Till You Get Them Up in the Air, Boys
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Sung by an off-screen vocal group
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Not Much To See Here
26 March 2011 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

This is a short of about 10 minutes that shows clips of older, silent movies, with modern narration (modern in 1931 anyway).

One of the silent's featured is a William Duncan western short. Duncan made over a hundred of these types of shorts between 1910 and 1920, and it doesn't really matter which one this is.

A second silent covered here is the serial "The Master Mystery" (1920), with Harry Houdini. But hey, he unlocks a door with his feet. That's something.

Another serial touched upon is the Perils of Pauline (1914). Nothing noteworthy was shown here.

The last silent featured in this short is a Larry Semon comedy effort.

All of the silent's are just bits and pieces with a narrator giving "comic" verbal touches. In 1931, the "comic" touches included overt racism which has never really done much for me. Not much to see here except some slightly rare, old silent clips. The "comic narration", if it was ever funny, isn't funny anymore. More for film historians than the average viewer.

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