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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 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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Charlie's acid trip
16 June 2004 | by 23skidoo-4See all my reviews

Cruel Cruel Love might be one of Chaplin's funniest Keystone comedies, even though he doesn't play The Tramp! Instead, he plays a variation of the character he played in his debut, Making a Living -- or at least he wears the same costume.

This film lets Chaplin go completely crazy, hamming and mugging mericilessly. This is not the subtle or graceful Chaplin of later years. This is a manic Chaplin, and while this could well have made Cruel Cruel Love into a disaster, instead it makes this film drop-dead hilarious.

Chaplin plays a bigwig who is jilted by his girlfriend. He decides to take poison and kill himself, but his butler gives him water instead, and then laughs his head off as his boss goes through some of the strangest, most convoluted "death throes" ever seen.

This film includes some surprisingly good (for 1914) special effects - namely a dream sequence in which Chaplin hallucinates that he has gone to Hell. At one point, Chaplin actually turns the comedy into horror by adopting a rather bizarre "death face" that actually is a little disturbing to see. For a moment I thought I was watching a Lon Chaney film.

Of the first dozen or so Chaplin comedies for Keystone, this is definitely one of the best, and well worth seeking out.


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