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Leap Year (1924)

Passed | | Comedy | 11 January 1924 (France)
A young man, heir to his misogynistic and millionaire uncle, and in love with a nurse, gets in trouble when he gives advice on marriage to his girlfriends.


James Cruze, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (uncredited)


Walter Woods (adapted by), Sarah Y. Mason (from the story by)




Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Stanley Piper (as Roscoe {Fatty} Arbuckle)
Lucien Littlefield ... Jeremiah Piper
Mary Thurman ... Nurse Phyllis Brown
John McKinnon John McKinnon ... Mumford - the Valet
Clarence Geldart ... Scott Travis
Harriet Hammond ... Loris Keene
Allen Durnell Allen Durnell ... Tommy Blaine
Gertrude Short ... Molly Morris
Winifred Greenwood ... Mrs. Travis
Maude Wayne ... Irene Rutherford


A young man, heir to his misogynistic and millionaire uncle, and in love with a nurse, gets in trouble when he gives advice on marriage to his girlfriends. Written by EST <cimas@sinfo.net>

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The film has no cast list, but Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle is listed on the title page, and 9 other actors are listed in intertitles just before they appear in the movie. See more »


Jeremiah Piper: [making home brew] You know how it is, do I have enough raisins in here?
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, Laughsmith Entertainment copyrighted an 56-minute version of this film, with a new musical score compiled by Rodney Sauer and Susan Hall and performed by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. See more »

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Leap Year is a Poor Performance
6 June 2005 | by mcalfieriSee all my reviews

I watched Leap Year last night on TCM, expecting to see evidence of lost brilliance, since Arbuckle has been touted as a comic genius of the silent years. I was very disappointed. Notwithstanding his status in 1920, his performance in Leap Year simply does not age well. While much has been written about the impact the scandal had on Arbuckle's film career, it may be that his career probably would have died anyway. Let's be honest, jumping up and down and grimacing in front of the camera is about all he did in Leap Year (though he did have some nice acrobatics). Arbuckle is not a peer of Chaplin or Keaton. The scene where he "swims to Japan" is forgettable - there is nothing special there. In fact, the long shots suggest that perhaps he did not do his own diving. For a long time I wondered what was lost when Paramount destroyed "Gasoline Gus" and some of the other features they had in the "can" when the Arbuckle scandal broke. If Leap Year is any indication, I don't think that silent film fans are missing anything.

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Release Date:

11 January 1924 (France) See more »

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Should a Man Marry See more »

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1.33 : 1
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