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Hearts and Diamonds (1914)

Tupper meets the wealthy Miss Whipple at a baseball game. When she declares that she just adores baseball players, Tupper starts up a team.

Director:

George D. Baker (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Bunny ... Widower Tupper
Flora Finch ... Miss Rachel Whipple
Ethel Lloyd ... Tupper's Daughter
Ethel Corcoran Ethel Corcoran ... Tupper's Daughter
Charles Eldridge ... Toper Staggs - The Uncle
William Shea ... Uncle William
Kalman Matus Kalman Matus ... Jack
Arthur Cozine Arthur Cozine ... Harry - The Daughter's Boyfriend
Lennie Smith Lennie Smith ... Misty Catheson
J. Herbert Frank J. Herbert Frank
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Tupper meets the wealthy Miss Whipple at a baseball game. When she declares that she just adores baseball players, Tupper starts up a team.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1914 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2007 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 'famous' pitcher's name "Matty Christheson" is clearly a take-off on the great New-York Giant pitcher Christy Mathewson (whose nickname was Matty). Despite the intertitle, it's a fictional name. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2007, Kino International Corp. copyrighted a 33-minute version of this film, with an original piano score composed and performed by Ben Model. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Pretty good for 1914--but not by the standards of later silent comedies
18 October 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In his day, John Bunny was among the most famous film comedians in the world--though today practically no one would recognize his name. This rotund comic made a huge string of short films in the days before Chaplin, Lloyd and Keaton and the only contemporary comic of similar stature was the Frenchman, Max Linder. Few of Bunny's (or Linder's) films remain--having disintegrated over time due to their being made of unstable nitrate stock. I have seen three of his films--and unfortunately this is probably as many as any living person has seen. By the standards of the later comedians, these films aren't great--but how can you judge a comic's entire body of work with only three films?!

As for HEARTS AND DIAMONDS, it's a mildly funny film about a rather mercenary Bunny trying to court a rich lady. To impress her, he pretends to love baseball since it's her greatest passion. But, unable to impress her by showing up to games, he creates his own team and competes against the traveling professional team. It's got a few good moments but it's not super-funny. Interestingly enough, the film is not "slapstick" in style but is a nice and watchable narrative.


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