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Cruel, Cruel Love (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 26 March 1914 (USA)
A silly aristocrat who believes that he has been jilted attempts suicide but he is saved from death and reunited with his fiancée.




Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Lord Helpus / Mr. Dovey
Edgar Kennedy ... Lord Helpus' Butler
Minta Durfee ... The Lady
Eva Nelson Eva Nelson ... Maid


A rich lord loves a girl. A maid who has seen the two accosts the lord in a park and embraces him. This is seen by the girl who calls off their relationship. The lord decides to commit suicide, but the butler replaces the poison with water. The girl, her love now restored, rushes to what she thinks is the lord's deathbed. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy


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Some sources erroneously credit Chester Conklin and Alice Davenport in the roles of Lord Helpus' butler and Durfee's maid respectively; reliable sources now confirm that Edgar Kennedy plays the butler and Eva Nelson plays the maid. See more »


Referenced in Kitty Can't Help It (1975) See more »

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Chaplin, the Great Man....
23 March 2019 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

I don't know if I should've put a question mark after "Great Man,"--I saw Chaplin and the "Gold Rush" and "The Kid" I think it was on TCM, years ago & thought it was extremely funny then had not watched for years.

Usually--unless it's Lon Chaney--or something dark & grisly, I'm not sure how to speak about a silent comedy; unless it's Buster Keaton & I don't think he's funny. I guess the only litmus test I can use is watching it again & laughing my posterior off, which I did with this film.

I can see many mixed reviews here, but the plot is so simple & screwy, I had to convulse. Chaplin seeing demons or karate-kicking everybody in his path had snot spilling from my nose, so obviously this man is legend. Look forward to more of these....

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26 March 1914 (USA) See more »

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