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Cruel, Cruel Love (1914)

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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lord Helpus See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

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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Referenced in Hired Gun (1973) See more »

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3 Early Chaplin
8 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cruel, Cruel Love (1914)

*** (out of 4)

Charles Chaplin short from the Keystone Studios has him playing a broken man who decides to kill himself after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Minutes after taking the poison he receives a letter from her saying she wants him back. This is an early Chaplin film so naturally he hadn't perfected his skill as a comedian but he turns in an interesting performance here. While the film isn't fall down hilarious it does offer up enough good scenes to make it worth viewing. One of the better scenes in the film has Chaplin seeing his future with suicide and going to Hell where two devil keep messes with him in the flames. Another nice sequence has Chaplin trying to fight the doctors trying to save him at the end of the film. Edgar Kennedy has a brief role as the butler.


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