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The Baron (1911)

Two waiters, vain of their personal appearance, have their photographs taken by an itinerant photographer. The boss catches them and "Fired!" is the result. One of them hits upon a scheme ... See full summary »

Director:

Mack Sennett

Writer:

Edwin August
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dell Henderson ... The Baron / A Waiter
Mabel Normand ... The Heiress
Joseph Graybill ... The Baron's Friend
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Mother
Fred Mace ... Boarding House Dupe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... Woman at License Bureau
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... License Bureau Worker
Alfred Paget ... Boarding House Lodger
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray
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Storyline

Two waiters, vain of their personal appearance, have their photographs taken by an itinerant photographer. The boss catches them and "Fired!" is the result. One of them hits upon a scheme to get easy money by posing as a baron. Things are coming his way, when he is met by his erstwhile friend, who gives the snap away. However, he would have succeeded in marrying an heiress, but for a mix-up at the license bureau, giving him a dog's license instead of a marriage license. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El barón See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released as a split reel along with the comedy The Villain Foiled (1911). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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Not the Last Time Sennett Would Use the Plot
23 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Dell Henderson pretends to be a foreign Count on using that as an edge, talks the guardians of heiress Mabel Normand into having her marry him.... assuming he can borrow enough money from from the other folks at his boarding house for the honeymoon.

It's a story that's not particularly original to Mack Sennett's comedy unit at Biograph, and it's one that he would carry with him when he left and pass it on -- Chaplin would use the gimmick as the basis of THE COUNT, for example.

At a half reel, there isn't much elaboration, nor was there much in the way of gags for Sennett in this period, not for a half-reel comedy. People look fairly normal, although Mabel does have an amusingly bilious expression on her face at the prospect of the wedding vows.


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