Cruel, Cruel Love
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|Cruel, Cruel Love|
|Directed by||George Nichols |
|Produced by||Mack Sennett|
|Written by||Craig Hutchinson|
Chester Conklin (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Frank D. Williams|
|Distributed by||Mutual Film Corporation|
|Language||Silent film; English (Original titles)|
Chaplin plays a character quite different from the Little Tramp for which he would become famous. In this short Keystone film, Chaplin is instead a rich, upper-class gentleman (Lord Helpus) whose romance is endangered when his girlfriend (played by Minta Durfee) sees him being embraced by her maid and jumps to the wrong conclusion. She angrily sends Lord Helpus away, saying she never wants to see him again. Distraught, when Lord Helpus arrives home he is determined to end his life. He swallows what he thinks is a glass of poison and envisions himself being tortured in Hell. Not long afterward, the girlfriend's gardener and maid explain to Minta that Lord Helpus was not flirting at all. Minta quickly sends a note of apology to Lord Helpus. upon reading it, Lord Helpus flies into a panic and summons an ambulance to help him before he dies from the fatal dose of poison. There is no danger of Lord Helpus expiring: His butler had stealthily switched the liquid in the glass to harmless water.
- Charles Chaplin - Lord Helpus/Mr. Dovey
- Chester Conklin - Lord Helpus' Butler
- Minta Durfee - The Lady
- Eva Nelson - Maid
Cruel, Cruel Love was presumed to be a lost film for more than 50 years until a complete nitrate film copy in reasonable condition was discovered in South America. Restoration copies were made by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates, and by Lobster Films of Paris, and its original two-reel format is available for sale.
A reviewer from Motion Picture World wrote, "Slight in texture, but it makes a pleasing, laughable picture."
- Savanna Maue (February 16, 2019). "Kansas Silent Film Festival to show 'lost films restored' at weekend-long event". The Topeka Capital-Journal.
- "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". Silentera.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
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