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Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

TV-G | | Comedy | 6 February 1921 (USA)
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.


Max Linder


Max Linder


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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)


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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Release Date:

6 February 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sieben Jahre Pech See more »

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Max Linder Productions See more »
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(2003 alternate) | (1963 cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Max: [Posing as the Railroad Station Master, to the black woman traveler to New Orleans] And it's free, honey child!
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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 Robert Israel. See more »


Referenced in Gilligan's Island: Gilligan vs. Gilligan (1966) See more »

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Reflections for Max Linder
21 August 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After drinking too much at his bachelor party, wealthy Max Linder stumbles home, disoriented. He confuses his window and closet. Servants accidentally break Max' full-length mirror and conceal the fact by having a Max look-alike (Harry Mann) pose as his reflection. The ruse works through his morning shave, but Max realizes the glass is missing and throws a shoe at the mirror. Unfortunately, the new glass arrived and repairs were made. Max broke the mended mirror and fears "Seven Years Bad Luck" will follow...

The "mirror scene" in the opening minutes wasn't the first or last time this "bit" was done; however, it was the best. There are other great moments in this feature. The main story involves "false friend" F.B. Crayne trying to steal pretty Alta Allen (as Betty) from luckless Max. You'll lose track of the plot while marveling at how Max is able to sneak on a train and evade pursuers. Note how his disguise as a Black porter avoids the stereotypical qualities common for the time; there are no exaggerated lips or eyes, and Max' stance is explained by his over-sized pants. A female passenger is unable to accept the "masked" Max...

There are those who like Max with the lions, but the scenes do look forced. Much better is the finale. When Max in thrown in jail, he meets an inmate (Cap Anderson) who demands, "Scratch my back!" Max initially declines, but taking care of the other man's "itch" becomes pleasurable when they dose off and Max dreams his new companion is female. When they wake up, Max wants "Mary" again, but his new partner has a hard time giving up the relationship. In the end, switching partners appears to solve the problem.

********* Seven Years Bad Luck (2/6/21) Max Linder ~ Max Linder, Alta Allen, F.B. Crayne, Harry Mann, Cap Anderson

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