Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ambrose's Fury - 1915

Country: United States
Director: Walter Wright
Stars: Mack Swain, Cecile Arnold and Chester Conklin
Release Date: 25 March 1915 (USA)
Production Co: Keystone Film Company
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Followed by Foxy Ambrose (1919)
Plot Keywords: Character Name In Title
Genres: Comedy | Short
This silent short stars Mack Swain and is fairly typical of the type films they were doing at the time. Using the tried and true plot of philandering spouses, this one has to do with married Mack making eyes at his neighbor. They both agree to meet at the beach, so when Mack takes his wife, he quickly ditches her. At the same time he's running around with this fair lady, the lady's husband is at Swain's home romancing the housekeeper. The only one in this flick that ISN'T a philanderer is Swain's poor wife.
Sadly, though this film is better made than most Keystone films of the day, it also lacks any real laughs. The closest it comes to that is later in the film when a cop starts bonking a guy on the head and the husband starts shooting at Mack--all very, very typical Keystone gags. 

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