When Ambrose Dared Walrus 1915

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Walrus and his wife run the Walrus Hotel, which acrobats Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose are staying at. Walrus gets a letter from his insurance broker Mr. Cinder demanding a payment. Short on cash, Walrus decides to get his tenants’ money now. Ambrose and his wife are in the middle of a domestic squabble when Walrus pays a visit, and his presence only makes things worse. Mr. Cinder visits Walrus himself, and he carelessly throws his cigarette into a trash can. After he leaves, the hotel catches on fire and the rest of the film is a thrilling five-minute race to pay off the insurance!

—Jerry Velez

Director: Walter Wright
Screenplay: Walter Wright
Production company: Keystone Studios
Producer: Mack Sennett

Stars: Mack Swain, Chester Conklin, Vivian Edwards

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Ambrose’s Sour Grapes 1915

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Ambrose loses his girl-friend to Harry Gribbon in the park. When Ambrose’s “girl-friend”‘s twin sister and husband arrive everybody gets mixed-up between the two twins.
Director: Walter Wright (uncredited)

Production Co: Keystone Film Company
Stars: Mack Swain, Harry Gribbon, Miss McKinnon

A Versatile Villain 1915

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After being falsely accused of theft, Pete, the station master’s assistant, rescues his girlfriend from the genuine villain, marauding crook Desperate Dan.

Director: Frank Griffin (as Frank C. Griffin)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Keystone Film Company
Writer: Edwin Frazee (scenario)
Stars: Charley Chase, Louise Fazenda, Harry Bernard

 

Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913) – 4th Keystone Cops Movie

RACE FOR LIFE

Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel’s anxious boyfriend turns for help to the great Barney Oldfield, who jumps in his racing car and speeds to the rescue.

—Snow Leopard

This is one of the first films to feature the archetypal silent movie plot of a damsel in distress being tied to the tracks of an oncoming train (via TCM)

Director: Mack Sennett

Production company: Keystone Studios
Stars: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling

Fatty’s Magic Pants 1914

Also Known As: Fatty’s Suitless Day

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‘Fatty’ is looking forward to attending a formal occasion. But in order to go, he has to be properly dressed, and he encounters unexpected difficulties in getting himself ready.
Director: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle (uncredited)

Production Co: Keystone Film Company
Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Charley Chase, Minta Durfee

Leading Lizzie Astray 1914

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Summary

A city slicker is driving through a small town when his car has a flat. A local boy and his girlfriend walk by and the boy volunteers to fix the man’s tire. While he’s doing that, the city slicker makes a move on the boy’s girlfriend and persuades her to go back to the city with him. After she leaves, her boyfriend packs up and goes to the city to try to win her back.

—frankfob2@yahoo.com

Director: Roscoe Arbuckle
Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios
Distributed by: Mutual Film

Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Ed Brady

Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life 1913

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Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel’s anxious boyfriend turns for help to the great Barney Oldfield, who jumps in his racing car and speeds to the rescue.

—Snow Leopard

Director: Mack Sennett

Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios
Stars: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling