6.3/10
143
6 user 3 critic

Flirting with Fate (1916)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 9 July 1916 (USA)
In the midst of an emotional depression, a man hires a murderer to kill him. But the despair soon passes, and the man must now escape the killer he's hired to end his life.

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Robert M. Baker (story)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Augy Holliday
Jewel Carmen ... Gladys - the Girl
Howard Gaye Howard Gaye ... Roland Dabney
W.E. Lawrence ... Harry Hansum
George Beranger ... Automatic Joe
Dorothy Haydel Dorothy Haydel ... Phyllis
Lillian Langdon Lillian Langdon ... Mrs. Kingsley
Wilbur Higby Wilbur Higby ... The Landlord
J.P. McCarty J.P. McCarty ... The Detective
Edit

Storyline

In the midst of an emotional depression, a man hires a murderer to kill him. But the despair soon passes, and the man must now escape the killer he's hired to end his life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of a would-be suicide who hires a "gunman" to kill him and the changes his mind after seeing a certain young woman. he fears the gunman, who is instructed to "kill on sight," and his attempts to avoid the "excecutioner" are said to be the funniest thing he has ever done. (Print Ad- Urbana Daily Democrat, ((Urbana, Ohio)) 21 September 1916)

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Augy is escaping a Policeman jumping into a car, the camera is visible in the front car window. See more »

Connections

Featured in I, Douglas Fairbanks (2018) See more »

User Reviews

 
Lacking
9 July 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

This is a typical modern comedy starring Douglas Fairbanks, before he began on his path of adventure swashbucklers with "The Mark of Zorro" in 1920. Some of them, such as "Wild and Woolly" (1917), are quite good. "Flirting with Fate", however, is lacking. As fellow commenter wmorrow59 said, the pacing is slow to begin, especially when compared to a film like "Wild and Woolly". It's much too tiresome for a comedy.

The pacing does pick up after Fairbanks's deal with Automatic Joe, though. Finally, Fairbanks employs his acrobatic skill for humor. Hiring an assassin to kill oneself is always a promising plot device, and the resulting irony this time had me chuckling. Giving a receipt for the business transaction is hilarious. On the other hand, the comical intertitles in the style of Anita Loos lack her cleverness. Sometimes they address the audience--or the orchestra, but they seem forced. Loos had worked with Fairbanks on "His Picture in the Papers", "The Mystery of the Leaping Fish", and, later, "Wild and Woolly", giving him his voice. This film could have used her and her husband director John Emerson.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

9 July 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fine Arts Film Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed