Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life

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Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life.jpg
Directed by Mack Sennett
Produced by Mack Sennett
Starring Mack Sennett
Mabel Normand
Ford Sterling
Barney Oldfield
The Keystone Cops
Cinematography Lee Bartholomew
Walter Wright
Distributed by Keystone Film Company
Release date
  • June 3, 1913 (1913-06-03)
Running time
13 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

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 include the 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.


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