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The Grab Bag Bride (1917)

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Al St. John ... The Villain
Alice Lake ... The Girl
Wayland Trask Wayland Trask ... The Beau
Mai Wells Mai Wells ... The Homely Woman
Frank Hayes ... Justice of the Peace
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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1917 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Backup, All the Way
4 February 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Al St. John's uncle, Roscoe Arbuckle, had gotten a new contract with Joe Schenck. While he was busy putting together a crew and scripts, Al went to the Triangle lot -- where Mack Sennett's second team put together comedies at a cheaper price to fill out the bill -- and with future Buster Keaton cameraman Elgin Lessley, filmed a few short comedies. This is the only one that survives.

It's not a particularly good one, mostly because it's a knock-off of those charming rustic comedies in which Roscoe and Mabel Normand would play young lovers. Lake is a pretty good stand-in for Mabel, but the husky young man who is supposed to be Arbuckle is pretty much of a nullity. Al is a money-hungry villain, up to no good and achieving no good end. And the titles are all doggerel. You can skip this one.


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