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Her Fame and Shame (1917)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 25 March 1917 (USA)
Louise Fazenda was a natural comedienne (not unlike Carol Burnett) who rose quickly to the front ranks of early silent comedy kingpin Mack Sennett's Keystone company. Here she gets a prime ... See full summary »

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... Bernard O'Reilly
... Maggie - the Hasher
Harry Booker ... Maggie's Father - the Restaurant Owner
Sylvia Ashton ... Carrie Little - the Leading Lady
... Cashier & Advance Man
Frank Opperman ... The Sheriff
... The One Man Orchestra
Harry Depp ... The Dutch Comedian
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Louise Fazenda was a natural comedienne (not unlike Carol Burnett) who rose quickly to the front ranks of early silent comedy kingpin Mack Sennett's Keystone company. Here she gets a prime role as the starstruck daughter of a provincial hotel and cafe's owner. At their establishment, apparently, no knack for hospitality or gastronomy is required. When a burlesque troupe blows into town, she first serves them "indigestion a la carte" then tries to make her name onstage to save pop's mortgage. Fazenda quit acting at the end of the 1930s but remained Hollywood royalty; she married producer Hal B. Wallis and was a beloved social figure until her 1962 demise. - Dennis Harvey

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25 March 1917 (USA)  »

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The Cash Box  »

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Nothing brilliant nor objectionable...just a typical sort of Keystone comedy
21 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

When I think of Keystone Studios, I think of slapstick. In the 1910s, this studio run by Mack Sennett specialized in the sort of rough and tumble low-brow humor that the public loved. The films tended to have lots of physical laughs--with folks getting bonked on the head, kicked in the butt and other such diversions as opposed to plot. In this sense, "Her Fame and Shame" is a somewhat typical Sennett film-- filled with pratfalls and bonking but slightly more plot than usual...slightly.

Louise Fazenda stars as a girl whose father runs a crappy restaurant. Into this dump arrives a traveling company of entertainers who are deadbeats. Instead of paying for their god- awful meal, the leader of this group tries to skip out. When Louise confronts him, she foolishly pays HIM to take a 50% share in the troop. Her father is NOT thrilled and goes to the show to collect his money.

Overall, this is a modestly entertaining little film. None of the humor is particularly good nor bad--making it more of a time-passer than anything else.


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