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Rips and Rushes (1917)

A dancing class features a group of girl students and one blonde favorite, who's got three men vying for her love, played by fat Hughie Mack, oily, villainous Jimmy Aubrey and handsome (but... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Semon (as Lawrence Semon)

Writers:

C. Graham Baker (scenario), Larry Semon (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hughie Mack ... Vernon Rastle
Jimmy Aubrey ... His Lordship (as James Aubrey)
Alice Mann Alice Mann ... Girlie
John Costello John Costello ... Girlie's Old Man
Joe Simberg Joe Simberg
Earl Montgomery Earl Montgomery
Pietro Aramondo Pietro Aramondo
Murray Simberg Murray Simberg
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... (as Edward Dunn)
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A dancing class features a group of girl students and one blonde favorite, who's got three men vying for her love, played by fat Hughie Mack, oily, villainous Jimmy Aubrey and handsome (but short) young man Joe Rock, the one she cares for. Her father prefers Aubrey, and Rock is thrown out. The three rivals get into an on-running berserk chase through the house compete with clothes shredding and enough smashed crockery to make the floors look like a beach. Written by WesternOne

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1917 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Big and Little
18 July 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Fat dancing instructor Hughey Mack loves Alice Mann, but her father wants her to marry "His Lordship" Jimmy Aubrey, while she prefers a third man who doesn't look like a refugee from a freak show in this Vitagraph comedy directed by a new-to-movies Larry Semon.

This one looks like it was derived from Keystone's "Ambrose and Walrus" matchups, in which Mack Swain and Chester Conklin would whale on each other. If Aubrey looks like a Chaplin imitator, he came by it honestly, being another veteran of the Fred Karno pantomime troupe. The gags are almost all hard knock slapstick and as a warning that the polite drawing room comedy that Vitagraph had clung to heretofore was a thing of the past, both the lead comedians have their trousers ripped to shreds.

It's not a great comedy, but it's beautifully photographed and the National Film Preservation Board has posted a remarkably clean copy to their internet site.


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