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His Double (1912)

Joe Howell is not welcome at the home of Mr. Burleston. Although young Miss Helen thought very much of him, Mr. Burleston is determined that his daughter should marry Count "Lacking Koyne."... See full summary »


Alice Guy


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Credited cast:
Blanche Cornwall ... Grace
Darwin Karr ... Jack


Joe Howell is not welcome at the home of Mr. Burleston. Although young Miss Helen thought very much of him, Mr. Burleston is determined that his daughter should marry Count "Lacking Koyne." When Jack Howell discovers who his rival is he hits upon a plan which not only puts his rival out of running, but outwits the "old man." It is fortunate for Jack that in physical frame he had the appearance of the Count. The only things he needed to make him look like the Count's double were a little mustache and an apology for a chin beard. These Jack's costumers easily supplied. Everybody mistakes Jack for the Count, even the Count when he looks through a mirrorless frame imagines himself looking in a mirror. Jack imitates the Count, going through some vanity stunts right before the Count's eyes, the Count believing all the while that he is posing before a mirror. Jack's pranks give Burleston considerable cause to question his own sanity. When the Count goes Jack comes. First the Burleston sees ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 July 2019 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

There is a rather unaccountable belief that this is a lost film but it certainly exists. Many years ago it (or at least most of it) was on youtube as part of an (at least) five-part compilation of Guy's Solax films. Part 5 was the first seven minutes of His Double. When I came back to search for Part 6, the whole lot had vanished. But I can say for absolute certain that the first seven minutes of the film exist and probably so does the rest of the film.

It is a not very good film. - the usual story of a father who is determined his daughter should marry a count leading the boyfriend to dress up as the count in order to thwart his plans. He also gets the girl to pretend to be a ghost. That is as far as the first seven minutes takes you.

Sadly the most important part of the film comes later with the two counts wadering around and throughly confusing the father but meeting at one point either side of a mirror whose glass has been removed for repair (the removal comes in the first seven minutes - this is exactly the same preparation for what follows later used by Max Linder in Seven Year's Bad Luck). The two look-alikes either side of a non-existent mirror was a vaudeville act with a long history but this film is the first known film use of the gag. Later Chaplin uses it in a referential way (there is no mirror) in The Floorwalker 1916, Charley Chase uses it very elaboratly in Sittin' Pretty 1924 and Max uses it in Seven Year's Bad Luck (rather differently from all other versions, including the later Marx Brothers' Duck Soup version, because the people either side of the mirror do not really resemble each other - a joke in other words, like the Chaplin one, at yet another remove). If anyone has Parts 5 and 6 of that compilation, do us all (and Alice Guy) a big favour and make them available.

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28 August 1912 (USA) See more »

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