The Adventure of the Rival Undertakers (1914)

While glancing over the morning paper, Mr. T.R. Sampson, a prominent citizen of Rapid City, finds an item, which erroneously states he is not expected to live. Ketcham Quick and Sneakum, ... See full summary »

Director:

Lee Beggs

Writer:

Robert E. Innis
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Cast overview:
Hughie Mack ... Ketchum Quick - 1st Undertaker
Lee Beggs ... Millionaire T.R. Sampson
George Stevens George Stevens ... Sneakum - 2nd Undertaker
Richard Leslie Richard Leslie ... John
Josie Sadler Josie Sadler ... John's Wife
William Shea ... The Irishman
Frank O'Neil Frank O'Neil
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While glancing over the morning paper, Mr. T.R. Sampson, a prominent citizen of Rapid City, finds an item, which erroneously states he is not expected to live. Ketcham Quick and Sneakum, two rival undertakers, energetic and alive to every phase of their business, hear of the threatened demise of Mr. Sampson, and anticipate a possible job for themselves. John, a poor relative of Mr. Sampson, also learns of the report, and he and his wife decide to call and extend their sympathy, secretly looking forward to getting a goodly share of his worldly goods. The two undertakers endeavor to ingratiate themselves with Sampson. Both arrive about the same time, and professional jealousy nearly causes them to come to blows. They send in tokens of sympathy with their cards, and Mr. Sampson laughs boisterously. He decides to teach them a lesson and have a little fun. The butler announces John and his wife, and Sampson determines to learn the true state of their feelings toward him, so orders the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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undertaker | one reeler | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rival Undertakers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rich in touches of human truth
21 September 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Queer characters well played under the direction of Lee Beggs, who also plays the "sick" financier, make fun in this satirical farce at whose climax two undertakers fight for the custom of a corpse only playing dead to see the joke through. It hardly could be called a delightful theme, but it is rich in touches of human truth. William Shea and Josie Sadler help, as do Hughie Mack and George Stevens, the undertakers. Serviceable offering, by Robert E. Innis. - The Moving Picture World, June 6, 1914


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