Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life
|Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life|
|Directed by||Mack Sennett|
|Produced by||Mack Sennett|
|Distributed by||Keystone Film Company|
|Release dates||June 3, 1913|
|Running time||13 minutes|
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913) is a silent comedy short, directed and produced by Mack Sennett and starring Sennett, Mabel Normand, and Barney Oldfield as himself. It is considered one of the earliest to create the common archetypal silent film plot of a villain tying a young damsel to the tracks of an oncoming locomotive; a holdover from the Gaslight era of Victorian stage melodrama.
Barney Oldfield races a speeding locomotive to rescue a damsel in distress tied up on the tracks by evil villain Ford Sterling.
- Mabel Normand - The Girl
- Mack Sennett - The Boy
- Ford Sterling - The Jealous Villain
- Hank Mann - Villain's accomplice
- Barney Oldfield - Himself, a racing driver
- Al St. John - another accomplice of the Villain
- Helen Holmes - Beauty, talking to Oldfield at Picket Fence
- William Hauber - ?
- Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life at the Internet Movie Database
- Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life at AllMovie
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