A Clever Dummy 1917

a clever dummy

Dummy inventor Samuel Tinker has just developed a new life-sized mechanical dummy. He and his partner, Peter Clay, modeled the dummy after a janitor in their building. While the inventor’s daughter is in love and engaged to Clay, the janitor pines for the daughter. A misunderstanding breaks up the partnership, and Tinker forbids his daughter from marrying his now ex-partner. But the daughter hopes a possible lucrative purchase of the dummy from a vaudeville company will be the impetus for her father and Clay to mend their differences, and for them again to be married. The janitor, who sees this rift as an opportunity, hatches his own plan to be near the one he loves, the plan which involves him taking the place of the dummy. Not wanting to blow his cover, the janitor keeps on masquerading as the dummy even after the sale to the vaudeville company. A life-like dummy with a mind of his own on the loose has its own consequences.
– Written by Huggo

Directors: Herman C. Raymaker , Ferris Hartman

Producer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Ben Turpin, Chester Conklin, Wallace Beery

 

An Arcadian Maid 1910

An arcadian maid

 

A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer’s wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an engagement ring and promises to marry her. When the peddler runs up some gambling debts, he visits the maid again and tells her they cannot marry until he has enough money to pay off his debt. While the farmer and his wife are asleep, the maid foolishly steals their money. The peddler takes the money and leaves on a train to get out of town. Overcome with guilt, the young maid runs away from the farm. Meanwhile the peddler gets into a fight and is thrown off the train. The maid stumbles upon him by the railroad tracks. She finds the money on the peddler and returns it to the farm couple before they even knew it was missing.
– Written by Pamela Short
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writer: Stanner E.V. Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, George Nichols

A Submarine Pirate 1915

A submarine pirate

An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral’s uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself.
Directors: Charles Avery, Syd Chaplin
Writer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Syd Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Glen Cavender

Hearts And Flowers 1919

Hearts and flowers

When a hotel orchestra leader starts to flirt with a girl in the audience, her fiancé is very displeased. Then the orchestra leader finds out that the hotel flower girl is really a rich heiress, and he shifts his attentions to her. Now the flower girl’s boyfriend is unhappy, and soon there are even more complications.

Director: Edward F. Cline
Writer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Phyllis Haver |

 

Bombs and Brides 1916

 

Bombs and brides

Also known as

Bombs!

Bombs and Blunders

“Bombs!” (Aka Bombs and Brides), 1916, starring Al. St. John and Charlie Murray, director Frank Griffin, produced by Mack Sennett in Keystone Studios and distributed by Triangle, is a 2-reels rare silent comedy.
Al St. John (1893-1963) was a durable and popular American comic actor who appeared some 350 or more films between 1913 and 1952. Starting at Mack Sennett’s Keystone Company, St. John rose through the ranks to become one of the major comedians. Stars of the 1920s, though less than half of his starring roles still survive today. With the advent of sound drastically changing and curtailing the two-reel comedy format, St. John diversified, creating a second career for himself as a comic sidekick in Western films and eventually developing the character of “Fuzzy Q. Jones,” For which he is best known in posterity.

Upon his arrival at Keystone, Al St John was swiftly absorbed into the Keystone repertory company; He appeared in more 1914 films than Charlie Chaplin did. After Keystone, St. John appeared in support of other comics in 2-reelers up to the end of the silent era. Owing to the ensemble nature of many early Keystones, there are films that essentially do not have a comedian central as the fixture, and outside of Charlie Chaplin, the survival rates on Keystones are less than what would be ideal.
Johnny’s first starring roles were made at Keystone, but most of them were made at the very end of the company’s history, just as Mack Sennett was abandoning the “Keystone” moniker in order to extricate himself from the Triangle Film Corporation partnership. . St. John got a chance at solo stardom starting in 1919 with Paramount Pictures and the early Warner Bros. studio, and this led to the extended series of 2-reel comedies for Fox Film Corporation and Educational Pictures. Al St. John starred in more than 70 2-reel comedies through 1932. This is the most important part of his personal legacy, but it remains the least accessible part of his activity.

Al St. John’s association with his cousin, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, was central to his film career. Arbuckle first brought St. John to the Keystone set in 1913; Over the years to follow, Arbuckle routinely employed St. John in playing rubies, rivals and other parts in support of his popular “Fatty” character. When Arbuckle left Keystone in early 1917 to form the Comique Comedy Unit at Paramount, he and St. John was joined by stage comedian Buster Keaton, and the three created a singular cycle of silent comedies that exploited their matched acrobatic abilities and hard-driving capabilities in slapstick.

Louise Fazenda … Italian’s Daughter
Mary Thurman … Miss O’Doherty
Harry Booker … Mayor Tom O’Doherty
Wayland Trask … Stenographer
Edgar Kennedy … Italian Ward Leader
Al St John … Bike Messenger
Jasper The Diving Horse … Jasper, the Diving Horse

Getting Acquainted 1914

Getting Acquainted, subsequently retitled A Fair Exchange, is a 1914 American comedy silent film written and directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Mabel Normand, and produced by Mack Sennett for Keystone Studios. Wikipedia
Initial release: December 5, 1914
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Production company: Keystone Studios
Producer: Mack Sennett

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Mack Swain, Mabel Normand

His Trysting Places 1914

His Trysting place

Two women get the wrong idea when both of their husbands return home with the wrong coats.
Initial release: November 9, 1914 (USA)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Production company: Keystone Studios
Producer: Mack Sennett

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain