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Minta Durfee and Charles Chaplin.
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Cruel, Cruel Love
Also known as Lord Helpus in the USA; Charlot marquis in France
(1914) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by George Nichols

Cast: Charles Chaplin [the jilted suitor], Minta Durfee [the girl], Eva Nelson [the maid], William Hauber [the gardener], Glen Cavender [the doctor], [?] ? [the practical joker]?

The Keystone Film Company production; distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. Scenario by [?] Craig Hutchinson? Cinematography by Frank D. Williams. / No copyright registration. Released 26 March 1914. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: Poison. [?] Completed or shipped? on 5 March 1914. The film was reedited and rereleased in the USA as Lord Helpus by W.H. Productions Company in 1918. / The film was released in Spain on 22 July 1915. [?] Sited credits for Chester Conklin, Edgar Kennedy, Billy Gilbert and Alice Davenport appear to be inaccurate.

Comedy.

Synopsis: A jilted suitor is convinced he has consumed poison.

Survival status: Prints exist [35mm nitrate positive, Spanish language intertitles]; in the holdings of Film Preservation Associates [16mm fine-grain duplicate reduction negative]; in the holdings of Lobster Films, Paris [16mm fine-grain reduction positives]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Animals: Horses - Boarding houses - Bottles (Milk) - Communication: Telephones - Curtains - Domestics: Maids - Letters - Medical: Doctors - Milk - Notes - Poison (False) - Practical jokes - Street scenes - Transportation: Ambulances, Automobiles

Listing updated: 21 March 2012.

References: Film viewing : Brownlow-Parade p. 498; Jacobs-Chaplin p. 135; Lahue-Kops p. 145; Lahue-Mack p. 294 : ClasIm-225 p. C14 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

 
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