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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

Writer:

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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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 »

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Production Co:

Max Linder Productions See more »
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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 »

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Max: Amazing - - when I open the window I smell mothballs -...
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Referenced in Duck Soup (1933) See more »

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Good Comedy
7 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Max Linder wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a superstitious man who breaks a mirror and does anything he can to avoid falling into bad luck. Of course, the more he tries staying away from the bad luck the more he falls victim. There's no question Linder had an influence on Chaplin and various others but this film here doesn't show too much greatness. The film starts off with some incredibly funny moments but it slowly gets rather tiresome even with its short running time of just over a hour. The opening gags with the cat and one dealing with a servant trying to fool Linder into thinking the mirror isn't broke. There's an outrageous blackface joke, which is one of the most offensive I've seen and things went downhill from here. Things went down for Linder as well as he committed suicide in a pact with his wife four years later.


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