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That Ragtime Band (1913)

Professor Smelts the band leader gets into a romantic rivalry with one of his musicians over the affections of a pretty girl.


Mack Sennett

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Cast overview:
Ford Sterling ... Professor Smelts
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Nick Cogley ... Trombonist
Raymond Hatton ... Trumpet Player
Alice Davenport Alice Davenport ... Mabel's Mother
Edgar Kennedy ... Stage Manager
Charles Avery ... Sousaphone Player
Rube Miller ... Acrobat
Laura Oakley ... Tall Fatima Sister


Band leader/clarinetist Ford Sterling is a romantic rival to trumpeter Raymond Hatton for the affections of pretty Mabel Normand. Sterling enters an amateur night contest at the local vaudeville house, where stage manager Edgar Kennedy gives the quick hook to most of the lame acts. Hatton positions himself in the audience across from Mabel and leads his fellow hecklers in taunting Sterling. Hatton's arsenal contains half-rotten fruits and vegetables which he throws at the haplessly helpless Sterling with amazing accuracy. Finally he heaves a pie that has managed to keep hidden under his jacket, and it glances off clarinetist. Attempting to return fire, Sterling errantly hits Mabel square in the chops with the pastry. The angry recipient of the first thrown pie the face in movie history enthusiastically joins the rest of the audience in throwing anything and everything at the band leader, who has lost the girl but gained the hook. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

1 May 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Band See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is often touted as the first film in which a pie was throne. It is first thrown by Raymond Hatton and it hits Ford Sterling. Later he picks it up and throws it, errantly hitting Mabel Normand, whom he was courting. See more »

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The vaudeville acts contain coarse touches
1 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This pictures the doings of Prof. Smeltz and his German band, Mabel being in love with one of the members. The vaudeville acts contain coarse touches, which are unfortunate, and the "rough-house" ending will not appeal to a refined audience. - The Moving Picture World, May 3, 1913

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