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Ford Sterling

  • Nov 03, 1883 - Oct 13, 1939 (age 55)
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1939
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1935
Keystone Hotel
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MovieSep 21, 1935

Keystone Hotel

The Keystone Hotel hosts a very prestigeous beauty contest. …
The Keystone Hotel hosts a very prestigeous beauty contest. When the cross-eyed judge presents the first prize to an elderly cleaning woman, angry members of the audience respond by hurling custard pies. The Keystone Kops are summoned, and arrive just in time to get plastered with pastry.
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The Headline Woman
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MovieMay 15, 1935

The Headline Woman

When the daughter of a newspaper publisher is falsely charged …
When the daughter of a newspaper publisher is falsely charged with murder, a reporter on her father's paper goes into hiding with her. At first hoping to get an exclusive story, the reporter eventually finds himself falling in love and trying to find the real killer.
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1930
Bride of the Regiment
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MovieMay 21, 1930

Bride of the Regiment

Filmed operetta in …
Filmed operetta in technicolor based on hit play/book that opened on Broadway in 1922 and ran 232 performances.
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Show Girl in Hollywood
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MovieApr 20, 1930

Show Girl in Hollywood

'Rainbow Girls' has just …
'Rainbow Girls' has just opened and closed on Broadway when Dixie, a actress in it, runs into smooth talking Hollywood Director Frank Buelow. He tells her she would be a natural, promises her a movie contract, and so she goes to Hollywood, but there is no contract for her. She meets Donny, a washed-up veteran actress (Blanche Sweet), on the lot who becomes her friend. Frank is fired from his studio and the new director finds that Frank's storyline is actually a copy of 'Rainbow Girls' stage play from Broadway. They call Jimmy, the author and Dixie's boyfriend, for the rights and he goes to Hollywood to produce it as a movie. Dixie gets the lead. But things start going wrong when Dizzy Dixie, spurred on by the fired Director Buelow, thinks that she is better than the picture or the studio and starts making demands. Interesting note: Good look at early Hollywood, with cameos by Loretta Young, Walter Pigeon, Noah Beery and a young Noah Beery, Jr. make the film fun to watch
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Spring Is Here
MovieApr 13, 1930

Spring Is Here

Betty a young woman is going steady with Terry but falls for …
Betty a young woman is going steady with Terry but falls for an exciting new comer to town Steve. Betty's father wants her to marry Terry but she doesn't see that she actually is in love with him. With the help of Betty's mother Emily and her sister Mary Jane Terry is able to show Betty that they are meant for each other.
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1929
Sally
MovieDec 23, 1929

Sally

Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone …
Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. Working as a waitress, she goes from job to job until she finds a job that also allows her to dance. At the restaurant, she meets Blair, and they both fall for each other, but Blair is engaged to Marcia. Sally is hired to impersonate a famous Russian dancer named Noskerova, but at that engagement, she is found to be a phony and that Blair is engaged. Undaunted, she proceeds with her life and has her show on Broadway, but she still thinks of Blair.
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1928
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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MovieJan 15, 1928

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gold digging blonde Lorelei …
Gold digging blonde Lorelei and her brunette friend Dorothy are searching for rich husbands.
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1927
For the Love of Mike
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MovieJul 31, 1927

For the Love of Mike

Three men join forces to raise an adopted son.
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Casey at the Bat
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MovieMar 8, 1927

Casey at the Bat

Casey is a slovenly junk man in a turn of the twentieth century …
Casey is a slovenly junk man in a turn of the twentieth century hick town who has a remarkable ability to play baseball. An unscrupulous New York scout signs him up, so Casey and his equally dishonest manager go to the big leagues. Eventually, the scout and manager conspire to get him drunk and bet against him for a crucial game with the pennant at stake.
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1926
Stranded in Paris
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MovieDec 13, 1926

Stranded in Paris

Stranded in Paris is a lost 1926 American silent comedy film …
Stranded in Paris is a lost 1926 American silent comedy film starring Bebe Daniels and directed by Arthur Rosson. The film was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
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The Show-Off
MovieAug 16, 1926

The Show-Off

A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a …
A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a $30-a-week clerk) catches a young bride and then drives her family's finances to the brink of ruin.
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Mantrap
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MovieJul 24, 1926

Mantrap

A sexy young manicurist living with her older backwoodsman …
A sexy young manicurist living with her older backwoodsman husband in a small Canadian town finds herself attracted to a young, rich and famous divorce lawyer who comes to town on vacation.
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Miss Brewster's Millions
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MovieMar 7, 1926

Miss Brewster's Millions

Polly Brewster, a penniless …
Polly Brewster, a penniless Hollywood model/movie extra inherits one million dollars. But her new lawyer, Tom Hancock, informs her that she has to spend it all within 30 days to inherit $5 million more from her spiteful Uncle Ned Brewster who tries to prevent it from happening.
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The American Venus
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MovieJan 25, 1926

The American Venus

Mary Gray, whose father manufactures cold cream, is …
Mary Gray, whose father manufactures cold cream, is engaged to sappy Horace Niles, the son of Hugo Niles, the elder Gray's most competitive rival in the cosmetics business. Chip Armstrong, a hot-shot public relations man, quits the employ of Hugo Niles and goes to work for Gray, persuading Mary to enter the Miss America contest at Atlantic City, with the intention of using her to endorse her father's cold cream should she win. Mary breaks her engagement with Horace. When it appears that she will win the contest, Hugo lures her home on the pretext that her father is ill, and she misses the contest. Chip and Mary return to Atlantic City, discovering that the new Miss America has told the world that she owes all her success to Gray's cold cream. On this note, Chip and Mary decide to get married.
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1925
Stage Struck
MovieNov 16, 1925

Stage Struck

A young woman dreams of becoming a great actress. …
A young woman dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend starts to flirt with an actual actress, she becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival.
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1924
Wild Oranges
MovieJan 20, 1924

Wild Oranges

Millie Stope lives with her grandfather on a remote …
Millie Stope lives with her grandfather on a remote island. Her grandfather fled there for political reasons. But they're not alone. An escaped prisoner, Nicholas, is terrorizing them, and ...
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1923
The Day of Faith
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MovieOct 21, 1923

The Day of Faith

The Day of Faith is a 1923 American silent drama film …
The Day of Faith is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by Tod Browning. The film is considered to be lost.
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1922
Oh, Mabel Behave
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MovieJan 20, 1922

Oh, Mabel Behave

Oh, Mabel Behave is a 1922 American silent comedy film …
Oh, Mabel Behave is a 1922 American silent comedy film starring Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, and Ford Sterling. Sennett and Sterling also directed the film. This film was likely filmed in 1915 or 1916 as it is listed as produced by Triangle Film Corporation, which was defunct by 1922.
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1919
Yankee Doodle in Berlin
MovieMar 2, 1919

Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Behind enemy lines, Captain …
Behind enemy lines, Captain Bob White disguises himself as a woman in order to fool members of the German High Command, including the Kaiser himself.
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1917
Stars and Bars
MovieFeb 18, 1917

Stars and Bars

Stars and Bars is a 1917 American silent film comedy produced …
Stars and Bars is a 1917 American silent film comedy produced by Mack Sennett. It was directed by Victor Heerman. The film starred Ford Sterling and Harry Gribbon. Also appearing were Nick Cogley, May Emory, Hugh Fay, and Gene Rogers.
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1915
Fatty and the Broadway Stars
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MovieDec 15, 1915

Fatty and the Broadway Stars

Fatty and the Broadway …
Fatty and the Broadway Stars is a 1915 American short comedy film directed by and starring Fatty Arbuckle.
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Court House Crooks
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MovieJun 5, 1915

Court House Crooks

A judge and his frivolous wife are celebrating their second …
A judge and his frivolous wife are celebrating their second wedding anniversary. The wife insists he buy her a gift. He goes out and buys her a necklace and pendant, which he promptly loses. Its finder is the judge's district attorney, who thinks he can give it to the girl he is trying to woo, namely the judge's wife. An unemployed young man happens to have what was the discarded jewelry case, and the judge seeing it in his possession believes the unemployed man stole the necklace and pendant. The police manage to capture the unemployed man who is brought to trial. But when the district attorney, who is trying the case, sees for what the unemployed man is charged, mayhem ensues as the judge, district attorney and unemployed man work at cross purposes to get what they each want. An unexpected source may see that justice is eventually served.
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That Little Band of Gold
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MovieMar 15, 1915

That Little Band of Gold

A happy young couple …
A happy young couple become engaged, and soon afterwards they are married. But after their marriage, the husband begins to stay out carousing with his friends, leaving his wife at home with her mother. Then, when the three of them go to the opera together, the husband spots one of his friends in another box. Soon the domestic difficulties reach their peak.
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1914
Tango Tangles
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MovieMar 9, 1914

Tango Tangles

Out of costume, Charlie is a clean-shaven dandy who, …
Out of costume, Charlie is a clean-shaven dandy who, somewhat drunk, visits a dance hall. There the wardrobe girl has three rival admirers: the band leader, one of the musicians, and now Charlie.
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Between Showers
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MovieFeb 28, 1914

Between Showers

Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady …
Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady cross a muddy street. The rival finds a wooden plank which Charlie takes from him. They fight over an umbrella belonging to the rival. A policeman settles the dispute, ultimately arresting the rival. An innocent tramp is pushed into the lake.
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A Thief Catcher
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MovieFeb 19, 1914

A Thief Catcher

The Keystone Cops pursue a thief.
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In the Clutches of the Gang
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MovieJan 17, 1914

In the Clutches of the Gang

In the Clutches of the Gang …
In the Clutches of the Gang is a 1914 American short comedy film featuring Roscoe Arbuckle. The film is believed to be lost.
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Teddy Sampson
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Teddy Sampson

Nora Sampson, better known by her stage name Teddy …
Nora Sampson, better known by her stage name Teddy Sampson (August 8, 1895 – November 24, 1970), was an American stage and silent film actress who appeared in at least forty-one motion pictures between 1914 and 1923.
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1913
Some Nerve
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MovieDec 25, 1913

Some Nerve

Some Nerve is a 1913 short comedy film featuring Fatty …
Some Nerve is a 1913 short comedy film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
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Cohen Saves the Flag
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MovieNov 27, 1913

Cohen Saves the Flag

Cohen is a sergeant in the Union Army and the bitter rival of …
Cohen is a sergeant in the Union Army and the bitter rival of another officer for the attentions of Rebecca. Like most burlesque Jewish characters of this period, this caricature borders on anti-semitism. Yet Cohen is also the hero of the film.
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The Speed Kings
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MovieOct 30, 1913

The Speed Kings

Papa is taking his daughter Mabel to an automobile race. Mabel …
Papa is taking his daughter Mabel to an automobile race. Mabel is in love with Teddy Tetzlaff, but Papa prefers Earl Cooper, and he schemes to try to prevent Tetzlaff from winning the race. As the race begins, Papa and Mabel are watching it together with conflicting loyalties and strong emotions.
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When Dreams Come True
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MovieSep 22, 1913

When Dreams Come True

When Dreams Come True is …
When Dreams Come True is a 1913 American short comedy film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
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The Faithful Taxicab
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MovieSep 18, 1913

The Faithful Taxicab

The Faithful Taxicab is a 1913 American short comedy film …
The Faithful Taxicab is a 1913 American short comedy film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
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Mabel's Dramatic Career
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MovieSep 8, 1913

Mabel's Dramatic Career

Long after jilting his girlfriend, …
Long after jilting his girlfriend, Mabel the kitchen maid, Mack is startled to see her onscreen at the local cinema.
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Professor Bean's Removal
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MovieJul 31, 1913

Professor Bean's Removal

Professor Bean's Removal is …
Professor Bean's Removal is a 1913 American short comedy film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
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Peeping Pete
MovieJun 23, 1913

Peeping Pete

This early Keystone has Pete spying on his neighbor's wife …
This early Keystone has Pete spying on his neighbor's wife through one of those little knotholes in a fence. The neighbor (Sterling) notices and chases him all over town with sheriff and family close behind. Fatty Arbuckle plays the peeper's wife(!).
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A Bandit
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MovieJun 23, 1913

A Bandit

Willy is a rather effeminate young man, and is abused by the …
Willy is a rather effeminate young man, and is abused by the town bully. He suspects that the bully is a coward at heart, so disguises himself as a bandit and shoots up the town. Everybody, including the sheriff, flees in terror, and their consternation is ludicrous when they discover that the terrible bandit is none other than harmless Willy.
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The Waiters' Picnic
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MovieJun 16, 1913

The Waiters' Picnic

Louis, the chef and Oscar, the head waiter, are in love with Mabel …
Louis, the chef and Oscar, the head waiter, are in love with Mabel the pretty cashier. The Waiters' picnic is held, and Mabel is the cause of much trouble between Louis and Oscar. Mabel accidentally falls over a high bank and Louis, in attempting to rescue her, falls over too. Oscar and the other picnickers rush to the scene, and by means of a human rope pull Mabel up. Louis is left to his fate but by superhuman efforts manages to near the top, when Oscar pushes him back again. That night the headwaiter makes things as unpleasant as possible for the chef, and the latter retaliates by sending out some weird concoctions from his kitchen, causing the patrons to heap maledictions upon Oscar. The methods of the chef in handling the victuals are comically shown and will cause oceans of laughter. The chef finally decides to gain a terrible revenge by killing his rival, so he prepares a seemingly appetizing dish, which is liberally sprinkled with poison. It looks so good that the headwaiter presents it to Mabel, who is about to go home and she wraps a napkin about it and goes out. Louis waits until the poison shall have taken effect and then enters the dining room to gaze at his dead enemy. He is surprised to see Oscar serenely walking about, and when he learns what has occurred he bolts for the door and rushes madly down the street. Police and pedestrians attempt to stop the supposed mad man, but he bowls over every one in his path and continues on his flight, pursued by a howling mob. He arrives at Mabel's home in time to prevent the family eating the poisoned food, and then falls into the hands of Oscar who administers a well merited heating.
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Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life
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MovieJun 2, 1913

Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life

Virtuous Mabel rejects the …
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.
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The Gangsters
MovieMay 29, 1913

The Gangsters

An amusing burlesque of gang fighters. The police go after …
An amusing burlesque of gang fighters. The police go after them, one by one, and each guardian of the peace is caught and despoiled of his clothing and compelled to return to the station. The police put a dummy officer on a plank extending out into the water, and when the gangsters go after him the live police close in on them and a battle royal takes place in the water.
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The Foreman of the Jury
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MovieMay 22, 1913

The Foreman of the Jury

Jones is broke. His girl is …
Jones is broke. His girl is giving a birthday party, and her various suitors give her costly presents. Jones finds a beautiful lavaliere, which be gives to Mabel, and wins her heart. He is chosen as the foreman of a jury, and when petty offenders are brought to trial turns a deaf ear to all pleas for mercy, gaining the hatred of the other jurors. Finally a man is brought up who is to he tried for stealing the necklace Jones found. A strong case is shown, and all the other jurors want to find him guilty, but Jones holds out for an acquittal. Mabel comes into the court room and sits alongside of the complainant. The necklace is seen and an uproar takes place. Jones is accused as a thief and in a highly melodramatic manner takes a huge vial from his pocket, drinks the contents and falls back dead.
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Mabel's Awful Mistakes
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MovieMay 12, 1913

Mabel's Awful Mistakes

Mabel has two suitors, Smith …
Mabel has two suitors, Smith and Jones. Smith is an elderly man who impetuously sweeps everything before him, and his dashing ways win Mabel's heart. Poor Jones is downcast when he learns that Mabel is to marry Smith, and follows Smith home. He learns that Smith is already married and has ten little children. Peering through the window he sees the terror-stricken family bullied by Smith. Smith and Mabel go to the minister's house to be married, and Jones, dogging their footsteps, attempts to interfere but is driven away by Smith. Jones has an idea, and rushing to the Smith home he tells Mrs. Smith that her husband is marrying another girl. She grabs two arms full of little ones, and with the rest toddling at her heels she arrives in time to prevent the wedding. Smith and his wife and the kids go home, and Jones gets the gin. In revenge, Smith captures Mabel and carries her to the old saw mill. Tying her on a board he awaits the moment when the saw shall cut her in two. Jones tries to rescue her but is driven away by Smith. Jones telephones the police, who have many exciting adventures before they reach the spot. In despair, Jones holds back the big fly wheel. It lifts him off his feet and he revolves rapidly around, but he finally masters it and holds it back. In a laughable melodramatic manner the doors are broken down and the heroine is rescued "in the nick of time."
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That Ragtime Band
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MovieMay 1, 1913

That Ragtime Band

Professor Smelts the band leader gets into a romantic rivalry …
Professor Smelts the band leader gets into a romantic rivalry with one of his musicians over the affections of a pretty girl.
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His Chum the Baron
MovieApr 28, 1913

His Chum the Baron

Smith's chum is a very poor Baron. Smith and the Baron are …
Smith's chum is a very poor Baron. Smith and the Baron are invited to a ball, and the Baron, not having evening clothes of his own, "borrows" Smith's dress suit. He is having the time of his life when Smith arrives, thoroughly angry, and taking the Baron in a room takes the clothes away from him. The Baron is in a terrible predicament, dodging around from room to room, as people intrude upon his hiding places. He tries to hide his face with a handkerchief, and a lady catches a glimpse of him as he dives under a bed. She screams in terror, thinking he is a mad man, and then the poor Baron is chased all over the house. Someone telephones for the police and they assist in the capture and lead him away,
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Safe in Jail
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MovieMar 7, 1913

Safe in Jail

Safe in Jail is a 1913 American short comedy film featuring …
Safe in Jail is a 1913 American short comedy film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
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1912
Hoffmeyer's Legacy
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MovieDec 23, 1912

Hoffmeyer's Legacy

Hoffmeyer is harassed by creditors, but thinks his troubles are …
Hoffmeyer is harassed by creditors, but thinks his troubles are over when he receives a legacy of $500. He sneaks away from his wife to make a "flash" around town, and comes home at 2 A.M., feeling happy. His joy is short-lived, however, when he finds the door locked, and his spouse on the other side demands the money before she will permit him to enter. He takes half of it and hides it under a barrel, and his wife, peeping behind the curtain, sees him. After he has retired she goes out to get the rest of the money, and Hoffmeyer locks the door and refuses to let her in until she sends in the money. Clad in her nightgown, she is being thoroughly chilled, when she sees men approaching and runs away. Frightened, Hoffmeyer, clad in his pajamas, goes out to bring her back. The chase is joined in by neighbors and police, presenting ludicrous situations, until Hoffmeyer catches up with his spouse and is arrested with her. The police magistrate in the night court suffers an injury to his dignity when the struggling pair are brought before him, but he quickly counts the money taken from them and fines them $500.
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Mabel's Adventures
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MovieDec 16, 1912

Mabel's Adventures

Mabel's Adventures is a 1912 American short silent …
Mabel's Adventures is a 1912 American short silent comedy film starring Mabel Normand and produced and directed by Mack Sennett for the Mutual Film Corporation.
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Mabel's Lovers
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MovieNov 4, 1912

Mabel's Lovers

Mabel has many admirers, and when she arrives at the …
Mabel has many admirers, and when she arrives at the summer resort she receives a number of proposals of marriage. Unable to decide, she determines to put the men to a test, so, before going bathing she fills her stockings with ugly bumps. When she discards her coat her unsightly limbs cause the men to heat a hasty retreat, with the exception of Black, who peeped when she made herself up. The next day when Mabel appears minus her ugly protuberances, Black is the envied of all, while the men who deserted her try to get into her good graces again, but without success.
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At Coney Island
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MovieOct 28, 1912

At Coney Island

The Boob takes his girl to Coney Island, where she flirts with a …
The Boob takes his girl to Coney Island, where she flirts with a married man and eludes the Boob. They visit all the amusement devices, and many comical scenes are shown as the Boob tries to get his sweetheart back again. They finally land in a ballroom, where the clumsy and heavy-footed Boob is pushed aside for the light-footed rival. His little son, however, has been on his trail and brings his mother to the scene, where she asserts herself in a positive manner and leads her erring husband away by the ear. The girl, weeping and regretful, throws herself into the arms of the happy Boob.
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The Flirting Husband
MovieOct 21, 1912

The Flirting Husband

Mrs. Smith is married to a man who is such an inveterate flirt that …
Mrs. Smith is married to a man who is such an inveterate flirt that he not only causes continual annoyance to his wife, but is in danger of being beaten by the husbands and sweethearts of the women he annoys. After Smith has made himself obnoxious to a couple of his wife's friends, whom he has not met before, they decide to lay a trap for him and teach him a lesson. They flirt with him deliberately, and go to the park with him. Here one manages to make her escape, and runs back to Mrs. Smith. The other makes a fool out of him, and finally gets him to play "Blind Man's Buff" and ties a handkerchief over his eyes. As he is groping about for his fair companion, Mrs. Smith slips into his arms. He tears the handkerchief from his eyes and faces the music.
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The Water Nymph
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MovieSep 23, 1912

The Water Nymph

A young man is in love. His parents invite him to spend the day …
A young man is in love. His parents invite him to spend the day with them at the beach frolicking in the water. The girlfriend not yet having met his parents, the young man and his new love decide have a little fun at his father's expense by having the girlfriend vamp him at the beach, with him not knowing who she is. His father is generally a loving husband when he's under the lock and key of his wife, but a beautiful young woman in a bathing suit flirting with him at the beach may be too much for him to resist, especially as his wife has left him to his own devices. The son secretly watches on with glee as his father tries to woo his girlfriend.
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1883
Ford Sterling
BirthNovember 1883

Ford Sterling

Ford Sterling was born.
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