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Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck-- but in doing so, causes himself the worst luck imaginable.

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Max Linder

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Max Linder
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Max Linder ... Max
Alta Allen ... Betty - Hi's Fiancée
Ralph McCullough Ralph McCullough ... John - His Valet
Betty K. Peterson Betty K. Peterson ... Mary - His Maid (as Betty Peterson)
F.B. Crayne F.B. Crayne ... His False Friend
Chance Ward Chance Ward ... The Railroad Conductor
Hugh Saxon Hugh Saxon ... The Station Master (as High Saxon)
Thelma Percy ... Station Master's Daughter
C.E. Anderson C.E. Anderson ... A Jail Bird (as Cap Anderson)
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After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck-- but in doing so, causes himself the worst luck imaginable.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sieben Jahre Pech See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Max Linder Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2003 alternate) | (1963 cut)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The broken mirror routine is a precursor to the one in Duck Soup (Marx Brothers). See more »

Quotes

John - His Valet: I hope you don't see this as a sign of seven years bad luck, Sir! You'd better be careful getting about today, Sir.
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Alternate Versions

In 2003, Film Preservation Associates, Inc. copyrighted a 62-minute version of this film with music compiled and directed by . See more »

Connections

Edited into En compagnie de Max Linder (1963) See more »

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Highly watchable silent film predates Chaplin and Keaton...
14 April 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I never heard of Max Linder before--a jaunty little Frenchman with a mustache, cane and top hat, a wealthy man with servants, who reacts when his full-length mirror is inadvertently broken by his hired help. He then goes to extremes to avoid seven years of bad luck.

While the rest of the plot is thin on inspiration, it does prove that SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK is a watchable little silent film with a frisky score by Ralph Israel that perfectly fits the on screen action.

Numerous gags involve plenty of acrobatic stunts aboard a train, an escape from the cops by making himself comfortable inside a lion's den, pretending to be the stationmaster at a train station and wooing the agent's daughter, and a footchase aboard the running train to escape being a stowaway without a ticket.

Not a bad comedy for 1921, it's one of a hundred Max Linder films that have survived, out of some 400. Gassed during World War I, Max's health problems interfered with his budding career. He committed suicide in 1925 in a pact with his wife when the public response to his films was only lukewarm. TCM showed a decent print of this one, along with a couple of other much less impressive shorts.


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