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The Servant Girl's Legacy (1914)

A serving girl receives a telegram that she has come into an inheritance. The family she works for suddenly starts to treat her well, and several young men come to court her. Then she ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Hotaling

Writer:

E.W. Sargent (as Epes W. Sargent)
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Cast overview:
Mabel Paige ... Mandy Spraggs
Oliver Hardy ... Cy (as Babe Hardy)
Edward Lawrence ... Pa (as Ed Lawrence)
Eloise Willard Eloise Willard ... Ma
Marguerite Ne Moyer ... Bess
Frances Ne Moyer ... Grace
Raymond McKee ... Tim
Royal Byron Royal Byron ... Jim
Bert Tracy Bert Tracy ... Messenger
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A serving girl receives a telegram that she has come into an inheritance. The family she works for suddenly starts to treat her well, and several young men come to court her. Then she receives another telegram telling her the inheritances is only $25. All her new 'friends' desert her, except her poor boyfriend, Cy. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy You Can't Beat Them (1914). See more »

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Nothing Becomes a Woman Like a Large Bank Account
24 April 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mabel Paige is an overworked serving girl courted by a very young Oliver Hardy. When she is informed she has inherited her uncle's estate, suddenly everyone is kind to her and young men offer her bouquets and candy. When the next message informs her that the estate is $25, everyone but Hardy loses interest in her.

This is a primitive and standard comedy of the era from the Lubin Studio. Lubin came into the movies via optical equipment and while his films were always of the highest technical quality, his stories and acting were very conservative. The result was that surviving Lubin pictures are not particularly interesting in movie history, but he continued into the 1920s, one of the last two Trust companies standing, at the Betzwood Studio. Only Vitagraph outlasted him.

So this comedy is a competent but not very interesting one. Only the fact that Oliver Hardy had a major role in it makes it of interest.


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