Hard Knocks and Love Taps (1921)

When a well off man from the city arrives in a hick town to woo a wealthy widow, he encounters first an ornery model T ride to the shabby hotel, then his rival for the widow as they go on ... See full summary »

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Roy Del Ruth
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Murray ... Plato Mulligan
James Finlayson ... Plato's Rival
Charlotte Mineau ... The Widow
Kathryn McGuire ... The Village Belle
Marvin Loback Marvin Loback ... The Belle's Sweetheart
Andy Clyde ... The Sweetheart's Rival
Al Cooke ... The Jack of All Trades
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When a well off man from the city arrives in a hick town to woo a wealthy widow, he encounters first an ornery model T ride to the shabby hotel, then his rival for the widow as they go on to a local fair. tempers flair and a challenge to a boxing match is met. Written by WesternOne

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The School Master's Pet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cut Down and Sped Up
5 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's a one-reel version of the 1921 two-reel comedy HARD KNOCKS AND LOVE TAPS, with a commentary voiced by Warner Brother's expert for comedy shorts, Art Gilmore.

Somehow, Warner Brothers wound up in possession of most of Mack Sennett;s independent shorts. So they decided to get some money out of them by reducing them to the sort of chaotic-looking comedy that Sennett had produced during his Keystone heyday of 1913-1920. In truth by the time the original short was produced, Sennett's productions were much more sophisticated, both in plot construction and editing. However, by 1951, people had forgotten that. Even though Sennett had produced his last short eighteen years earlier, people thought of his work as almost prehistoric, filled only with Keystone Kops falling down in pursuit of.... well, something. So this short was produced to reflect that understanding.

Too bad it seems to be the only known footage of that short. I'd like to see the original some time.


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