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Curses! (1925)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 17 May 1925 (USA)
When Buttonshoe Bill steals some papers from Buckwheat Ben, and kidnaps Ben's daughter, Rodney Hemingway comes to the rescue.


Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (as William Goodrich), Grover Jones (uncredited)


Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (as William Goodrich)


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Al St. John ... Buttonshoe Bill


Buckwheat Ben has some papers that the villainous Buttonshoe Bill and his gang are planning to steal. Bill sneaks into Ben's cabin, renders Ben unconscious, and steals the papers. Ben's daughter Nell is horrified when she discovers the crimes, and Rodney Hemingway comes to her aid. But Bill and a henchman abduct Nell and plan to do away with her, while at the same time luring Hemingway into a trap. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 May 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le ciné-roman de Picratt See more »

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Production Co:

Reel Comedies Inc. See more »
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(restored DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul E. Gierucki of Laughsmith Entertainment produced an extensive reconstruction of this film in 2004/2005 with the assistance of film historians Cole Johnson, Steve Massa, David B. Pearson and Richard M. Roberts. The final result appears on the DVD collection, "The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle" with an original score by David Drazin. See more »


Rodney Hemingway: Curses! This gun is not properly lubricated.
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, Laughsmith Entertainment copyrighted an 18-minute version of this film, with an original piano score performed by 'David Drazin'. See more »

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25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Curses (1925)

*** (out of 4)

Unique short that spoofs the cliffhanger serials of the silent era. The villain (Al St. John) kidnaps a beauty and the hero must try to save her without getting killed himself.

This is actually a very smart little film that does a great job at making fun of serials with everything from over-dramatic endings to outrageous and impossible stunts. If you're a fan of the silent serials or the Westerns from this era then you should have a good time with this two-reeler. The film is certainly clever enough to know what it's spoofing and for the most part it's entertaining from start to finish. This was directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and he brings some nice style to the picture. I will say that the movie needed more laughs but it's still worth watching.

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