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When Love Took Wings (1915)

Three men in love with the same woman contend with each other and with her father, until one of them takes her on an airplane in an attempt to elope with her.


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Cast overview:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Reckless Fatty
Helen Carlyle Helen Carlyle ... The Girl (as Ollie Carlyle)
Frank Hayes ... The Girl's Father
Al St. John ... Hank Perkins, Fatty's Rival
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux ... Fatty's Rival - the Girl's True Love
Ted Edwards Ted Edwards ... Rev. F. Brown - Minister
Glen Cavender ... Police Dispatcher


As a woman is being courted by a suitor in her home, her father is welcoming another man who also wants to marry her. The first suitor is sent away, but soon a third man also comes to the house, also hoping to marry the daughter. The father prefers this third suitor, and tries to send the other two away, only to see them seize his daughter and leave. Soon afterward the second man, calling himself 'Reckless Fatty', takes her up in an airplane. They are then pursued by all of the others, plus the police. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy







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1 April 1915 (USA) See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The Good Comic Chase Sequence Makes It Worth Seeing
28 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Keystone comedy takes a very familiar theme of its era and revises it slightly, making for an offbeat story with some amusing moments. The first part is nothing special, but the comic chase that comes later makes the movie worth seeing. Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John, and Frank Hayes head up the cast, and they do a good job when the material allows them to.

The story setup has a romantic rivalry amongst three different suitors (Arbuckle, St. John, and Joe Bordeaux) for the hand of a daughter whose father (played by Hayes) is taking an active role in choosing her mate for her. For a brief time the suitors shift alliances against one another, and then Arbuckle and the woman go off on their own in an airplane, pursued by the others in a variety of conveyances. The antique plane gives it an old-fashioned feel, although of course in its time it represented the future of technology.

There actually may have been material for more screen time here, and it seems to have been made with the free-wheeling improvisational style that characterizes so many Keystone features of the era. The airplane sequences were clearly meant to be the showcase, with the rest of the plot being used mostly to set up the air scenes. The setup has only a few good moments, and the ending, while attempting to vary the usual formula a bit, falls rather flat. Overall, it's probably about average for its time and genre.

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