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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.

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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

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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

Max: Amazing - - when I open the window I smell mothballs -...
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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 »

Connections

Featured in L'homme au chapeau de soie (1983) See more »

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Totally Surprising!
30 July 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

To be honest with you, I had never heard of the silent actor Max Linder until I picked up his DVD compilation from the library the other day. On it contains many shorts along with this, his feature from 1921, to the audiences of today, to which I say Thank You Very Much! Because this film is just WAITING to be discovered! Max plays a ridiculously rich guy, who is about to get married, and how a single day's sequence of events could seriously jeopardize his engagement. I was surprised to learn that this is the first movie that uses the "mirror" gag that we've seen countless times (most notably by the Marx Bros). Linder does this gag so astonishingly well, all other attempts in any other comedy (including animated!) pales in comparison. There are many other witty gags on display here, some fun with animals, some VERY clever disguise work (with some rather funny, but never offensive black person disguise) and some very amazing stunt work. And here's another reason why you should see this. With most silent movies nowadays, I don't find much particularly funny anymore. But with this, I was laughing out loud at least 3 times during the movie. And when I notice myself laughing, then it must mean something!


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