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A Dash Through the Clouds (1912)

Not Rated | | Crime, Short, Comedy | 24 June 1912 (USA)
Aviation enthusiast Josephine rescues her suitor, Chubby, from an angry mob with the help of Slim and his airplane.


Mack Sennett


Dell Henderson


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Credited cast:
Fred Mace ... Arthur aka Chubby
Mabel Normand ... Martha
Phillip Orin Parmelee Phillip Orin Parmelee ... Slim, the Aviator (as Phillip Parmalee)
Sylvia Ashton Sylvia Ashton ... Carmelita - Young Mexican Woman
Jack Pickford ... Mexican boy who warns Chubby
Kate Bruce ... Old Mexican Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Townsman
Edward Dillon ... Carmelita's Objecting Relative
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman ... Townsman
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Townswoman
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... Townsman
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Townsman
Alfred Paget ... Townsman


Arthur and Martha are sweethearts, but Martha becomes fascinated with the sport of aeroplane riding, and later is infatuated with the aviator. Arthur is a tutti-frutti salesman and goes to a neighboring Mexican town to sell his gum. Here he is a "cut-up" among the ladies. The Mexicans, incensed at Arthur's attentions to their sweethearts, attempt vengeance. Arthur sends a boy with a note to Martha that his life is in danger at the hands of the Mexicans. This is where Martha and her aeroplane driver shine, for with the aeroplane they dash to the rescue. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Crime | Short | Comedy


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Release Date:

24 June 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As was common with early films, this was rereleased with very different titles. If the characters are Arthur and Martha, its the original. See more »

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Decent Sennett Film
6 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Dash Through the Clouds (1912)

** (out of 4)

A woman (Mabel Normand) is out on a date (Fred Mace) when a pilot (Phillip Parmalee) offers to take her up in the plane. She jumps at the chance but this of course makes her date jealous who heads off to a Mexican town where he angers some of the locals and needs help escaping. A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS really isn't a very good film but I think there are some interesting moments in it that will make film buffs want to check it out. One such thing are the early shots taken up in the plane, which certainly look pretty good even by today's standards. The cinematography was actually impressive all things considered and I think these shots make the film worth sitting through. Another good addition is that the three leads are all entertaining and especially Normand who comes across very charming. The problem I had with the movie is that it simply wasn't that funny. The majority of the jokes fall flat on their faces and in reality there's simply not too much going on for the majority of the running time.

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