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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.
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Cast

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

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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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 March 1914 (USA) See more »

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Lord Helpus See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Edited into Jekyll & Canada (2009) See more »

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The cruelty of love
24 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

He did do better than 'Cruel, Cruel Love'. Can understand why the Keystone period suffered from not being as best remembered or highly remembered than his later efforts, but they are mainly decent and important in their own right. 'Cruel, Cruel Love' is a long way from a career high, although among the better very early Keystone comedies.

'Cruel, Cruel Love' is not as hilarious, charming or touching as his later work and a good deal of other shorts in the same period. The story is flimsy and the production values not as audacious, the humour only amusing and lacking freshness at times and parts a touch scrappy and occasionally convoluted.

For someone who was relatively new to the film industry and had literally just moved on from their stage background, 'Cruel, Cruel Love' is not bad at all.

While not audacious, the film hardly looks ugly, is more than competently directed and is appealingly played. Chaplin looks comfortable for so early on and shows his stage expertise while opening it up that it doesn't become stagy or repetitive shtick. His character is not one of his most likeable though

Although the humour, charm and emotion was done even better and became more refined later, 'Cruel, Cruel Love' is mildly humorous, sweet and easy to like, though the emotion is not quite there. It moves quickly and doesn't feel too long or short.

Overall, far from one of Chaplin's best but not bad at all. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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