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Cupid's Pranks (1908)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 19 February 1908 (USA)
Cupid visits a ballroom dance and tries to bring a couple together.

Director:

J. Searle Dawley
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Cast

Credited cast:
Violette Hill Violette Hill ... Cupid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mr. Barry Mr. Barry
Marie Murray Marie Murray ... Woman (as Miss Murray)
Phineas Nairs Phineas Nairs ... (unconfirmed)
Laura Sawyer
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Storyline

After receiving a scolding for falling asleep on the job, Cupid is sent out in search of potential lovers to unite. While flying over a city, he finds a ballroom dance and identifies a likely couple. He is successful in getting them to meet, but many obstacles still stand in the way of Cupid achieving his goal for them. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Travessuras do Cupido See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Has Its Good Moments & Its Slow Stretches
9 August 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short feature is somewhat uneven, with some good moments that make up in part for its slower stretches. It also features some special effects involving the Cupid character, with some of them working pretty well, and others being a little too rough around the edges. The image of Cupid is perhaps overly cute, but it is balanced by the wryness of some of the story developments.

The pace moves somewhat irregularly from the first. One early scene is pretty good, with Cupid falling asleep and getting scolded for it, and then being sent off to do his job. There is a fairly lengthy sequence that uses some special effects to show Cupid flying over a city. There are a good number of defects in this part of the print, making it hard to tell just how well made it was. This is followed by another slow sequence that doesn't really develop the story.

The main part of the story finally starts when Cupid identifies a couple to unite. It's mostly played for laughs, with a couple of good gags mixed in with other, more routine material. It features some surprisingly cynical moments, which do balance out the tone of the movie somewhat. The closing sequence avoids predictability, but again this part of the print has deteriorated badly over time, rendering many of the details too obscure for it to have its full effect.

The deterioration to the print is not, of course, a fault of the film-makers. But the original movie seems pretty uneven to begin with. It does have some good moments that make it worth seeing, but overall it is not really all that good.


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