Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Servant Girl's Legacy - 1914

Country: United States
Director: Arthur Hotaling
Writer: E.W. Sargent
Stars: Mabel Paige, Oliver Hardy and Ed Lawrence
Release Date: 28 November 1914 (USA)
Production Co: Lubin Manufacturing Company
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Short | Comedy
A serving girl receives a telegram that she has come into an inheritance. The family she works for suddenly starts to treat her well, and several young men come to court her. Then she receives another telegram telling her the inheritances is only $25. All her new 'friends' desert her, except her poor boyfriend.
In the year that Charles Chaplin made his screen debut with the Keystone Film Company in 'Making A Living' on the 9th February 1914, Oliver Hardy (known as Babe Hardy) was earning a living by acting in one reelers such as 'The Servant Girl's Legacy'. He would have to wait until 1927 when he teamed up with Stan Laurel in the classic silent short film, 'You're Darn Tootin', before he would receive the same level of fame as Chaplin.
A print of this film was found in a basement in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, in 1978.
Released as a split reel along with the comedy You Can't Beat Them. 

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