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


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


The Pride Of Pikeville 1927

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In Pikeville, the on again off again engagement between Ruth Hawkins and Walter Yates is off again after Ruth calls it off because of him laughing at her singing voice, which she believes is beautiful. She sees a photo of Baron Bonamo, international ladies man, in a magazine, he who travels the world on his brand of horseback making a name for men everywhere. To make Walter jealous, she writes herself a letter signed by Bonamo, stating that he is in love with her because of her singing voice. Meanwhile, Pearl Pepper, a plain Jane of a woman who is also from Pikeville, runs across Baron Bonamo in her travels and falls under his spell, although he has no interest in her. Pearl’s roughneck father, Colonel Pepper who is traveling with her, believes there is impropriety between Bonamo and his daughter for which he will not stand – they get married or else. When they collectively arrive in Pikeville, complications ensue with now two women who are so-called in Bonamo’s life, one he doesn’t…
Director: Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)

Production Co: Mack Sennett Comedies
Writers: Randall Faye (story), Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler)
Stars: Ben Turpin, Thelma Hill, Andy Clyde

The Jolly Jilter 1927

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Ben Turpin, now engaged to a gold digger, goes to visit his former lover, a dancing girl at the theater. The dancing girl doesn’t want to let Ben go and makes many empty threats. Eventually she follows Ben home and he is also visited be his fiancée and her mother.

—Packy Sporre

Director: Edward F. Cline

Production Co: Mack Sennett Comedies
Writers: Randall Faye, Clarence Hennecke
Stars: Ben Turpin, Madeline Hurlock, Sunshine Hart



The Daredevil 1923

The Daredevil-1923

The movie makers are filming the next installment of the western serial, “Get Your Man”. The movie’s leading man wants his stunt double to do the next dangerous stunt. Purely by accident, a hapless, cross-eyed aspiring actor named Joe Magee ends up doing the stunt perfectly. He ends up doing dangerous stunt after stunt, all by accident, that fit the movie so perfectly that the movie’s leading lady wants him in the picture. The exasperated director finds that getting Joe to do the stunts on command is an entirely different story.


Director: Del Lord

Production Co: Mack Sennett Comedies
Writers: Mack Sennett, Rob Wagner (story)
Stars: Ben Turpin, Harry Gribbon, John J. Richardson


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


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

The Rodeo 1929


The film begins with a family at home having a meal. The biggest laugh involved some candles being substituted for asparagus and the hilarity that resulted when the people and dog at them. Later, the decide to go to the rodeo but 1001 problems occur on the way there in the car.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Writers: Carl Harbaugh (scenario), Jefferson Moffitt (scenario)
Stars: Raymond McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson