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Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)

Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns ... See full summary »

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Mack Sennett
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Mack Sennett ... Mabel's Boyfriend
Ford Sterling ... The Villain
Barney Oldfield ... Barney Oldfield
Raymond Hatton ... Loyal Henchman
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Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns for help to the great Barney Oldfield, who jumps in his racing car and speeds to the rescue. Written by Snow Leopard

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Trivia

Fourth of twelve movies that starred The Keystone Kops. See more »

Goofs

Jealous villain Ford Sterling has been spurned by damsel Mabel Normand. Vengeful Sterling wields a large mallot before his two henchman tie Mabel to the railroad tracks. As Sterling steps onto the tracks he drops the mallot onto his feet and reacts in pain for the camera. If one watches him drop the mallot over & over again on video or dvd you can see that the mallot doesn't come any where near his feet. See more »

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Referenced in Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913) See more »

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Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life is mostly blah but interesting to see once
28 July 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having recently discovered the films of Mabel Normand and seen some of her great slapstick scenes with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life was a big disappointment for me since Ms. Normand spends most of the short film tied onto railroad tracks because villain Ford Sterling didn't accept Mabel's rejection of his advances (glad to see her do so by knocking him down, however!). When her bashful boyfriend Mack Sennett finds out, he gets real-life race car driver Barney Oldfield to help him rush to her rescue. Also on hand are the Keystone Kops who get a hilarious scene at the end. Other than that and some of Mr. Sterling's over-the-top performance, this was mostly blah for me. Worth a look at least once for silent movie buffs. I saw this on YouTube with a score that contained some modern music from John Williams and other scores from recent movies and TV shows.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барни Олдфилд мчится, спасая жизнь See more »

Company Credits

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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