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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 »


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 Robert Israel. See more »


Referenced in 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) See more »

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Slickly made, though not always hilariously funny
11 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

To me, this movie was highly reminiscent of a Harold Lloyd or Buster Keaton film, though with fewer laughs. Now this ISN'T to say it wasn't funny or was a bad film--but the number and intensity of the laughs was lower than other similar films. And the reason it looked a lot like a film by these other comedians is that Max Linder originated so many of the comedy routines we took for granted in films by later comedians--such as the mirror gag that was copied in DUCK SOUP (1933). Also, in the scenes where Max steps on and off the train so acrobatically are exactly the sort of thing I would expect Keaton or perhaps Chaplin to do. Chaplin himself credits much of his success to things he learned by watching early Linder films, though by the time he made it to Hollywood, Linder's film apparently lost a lot of their frenetic spark.

This film ostensibly is about Max breaking a mirror and trying to avoid bad luck--though everything he did only made things worse. While a promising premise, the movie really seemed to lose direction and the original plot is seldom in evidence later in the film. Some very good and interesting moments, but a lackluster and vague plot didn't help this movie. Still, it is nice to see Linder in a full-length film and it is well worth seeing for its finer moments. to highlight Linder's talents.

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