La prima biciclette di Robinet (Tweedledum on his first bicycle), 1910

The Robinet-films were produced by “Ambrosio”, Turin and featured Marcel Fabre as Robinet (Tweedledum).
Tweedledum’s attempts to master the bicycle lead him into situations both thrilling and comical, and the ride proves most adventurous. He barely escapes with his life, and causes a mad scramble on the part of pedestrians who cross his path. (Moving Picture World, Oct. 15, 1910)



All Dolled up 1921

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Spinster heiress Eva Bundy, who is in love with Rodolpho, a swindler after her money, is saved by cashier Maggie Quick from being robbed in a department store. When a jealous rival presents evidence of Rodolpho’s previous marriage, Eva is heartbroken and sends her elegant wardrobe to Maggie as a reward. In escaping from an unwelcome admirer, Maggie meets James Montgomery Johnson, whom she believes to be an aristocrat; actually, he is Eva’s chauffeur. Together they succeed in averting a blackmail plot against Miss Bundy, and as a result she adopts the couple, who then decide to marry.

—Pamela Short

Director: Rollin S. Sturgeon
Writers: John Colton (story), Andrew Percival Younger (as A.P. Younger)
Stars: Gladys Walton, Edward Hearn, Richard Norton

Robinet aviatore (Tweedledum, aviator), 1911

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The “Robinet” films were produced by the Società Anonima Ambrosio, Turin (Italy) and featured Marcel Fabre in the role of Robinet (Tweedledum).

Tweedledum builds an airship and makes a flight. Chimneys are tumbled down, the fragments striking pedestrians in the street, buildings are wrecked, and finally the machine collapses. His downward flight ends after he has been precipitated through a roof and the floors below, and his career as an aviator ends when the police put him in a cell.

—Moving Picture World synopsis



Robinet Boxeur (Tweedledum as a boxer) 1913

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The “Robinet” films were produced by the Società Anonima Ambrosio, Turin and featured Marcel Fabre in the role of Robinet (Tweedledum).
As “Robinet” Marcel Fabre (1885 – 1927) appeared in at least 137 films between 1910 and 1915.
Tweedledum is witness of a boxing bout between a white man and a negro, in which the latter is successful, and, full of anger at the indignity to his own race, the comedian challenges the black to a fight to a finish, and straightway goes into training. His work with the ball is so heavy that he shatters the walls of his gymnasium, punches off the head of inoffensive pedestrians, causes others to explode by a terrific body blow, sends a tram hustling back the way it has come by a sturdy thump, and when he gets into the ring causes the negro to shrink with fear, and easily puts him out. (The Cinema – News and Property Gazette, Mar. 12, 1913)

Production Co: Società Anonima Ambrosio

Starring: Marcel Fabre


Her First Flame 1920

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It is the year 1950; women have taken over men’s jobs and have become the aggressors in romantic situations. Lizzie Hap stuffs the ballot box, defeats her opponent, Minnie Fish, and is thereby elected Fire Chief of the all female fire department, and succeeds in winning the hand of her fair loved one, Willie Wart.

Director: Bruno C. Becker
Stars: Gale Henry, Milburn Morante, Hap Ward



The Detectress 1919


Aspiring detective Lizzie goes to Chinatown to track down some stolen papers, not realizing she’s had them in her pocket all along.

Cartoonist E.C. Segar saw this film in 1919 and was inspired to use Gale Henry as the model for Olive Oyl for his Thimble Theatre comic strip, which later became the Popeye strip.

Gale Henry can also be seen on the following films on this site

Mighty Like a Moose (1926 short) and Love ’em and Weep

Directors: Bruno C. Becker, Gale Henry

Production Co: Bull’s Eye
Stars: Gale Henry, Milburn Morante, Hap Ward




Alexander den Store 1917


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Members of the upper class regularly frequent Alexander Nyberg’s elegant establishment. Affairs of the heart and misunderstandings create the comedic scenarios that accompany the guests. Based on the Gustav Esmann play of the same name.

Director: Mauritz Stiller

Writers: Gustav Esmann (play), Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Hauk Aabel, Arthur Alftán, Gucken Cederborg