Matrimony's Speed Limit

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Matrimony's Speed Limit
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché
Produced by Alice Guy-Blaché
Starring Fraunie Fraunholz
Marian Swayne
Solax Film Company
Release date
  • 1913 (1913)
Running time
14 minutes
Country United States

Matrimony's Speed Limit is a 1913 silent comedy short film produced and directed by pioneering female film maker Alice Guy-Blaché. It was produced by Solax Studios when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the beginning of the 20th century.[1][2][3]

The story concerns a young man (Fraunie Fraunholz) who refuses to accept financial assistance from his wealthy girlfriend (Marian Swayne) in favor of earning his own fortune on the stock market. She concocts a plan to convince him that he will collect an inheritance from a wealthy aunt if he marries before noon. While he desperately proposes to every female he meets, she is trying to reach him before he finds a girl who will say "yes". With only minutes to go before the deadline expires, he gives up his search and intends to commit suicide under the wheels of the next passing car. However, the vehicle contains both his fiancee and a minister, who marries them on the spot.[4][5]

One of only two of Guy-Blaché's films to survive out of her ouvre of more than 300, its preservation was initially financed by the Women's Film Preservation Fund upon its inauguration in 1995.[6] Subsequently, it was selected to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress in 2003.[7]


  1. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8 
  2. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  3. ^ Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5 
  4. ^ "Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)". 
  5. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Movies: Matrimony's Speed Limit". All Movie Guide. 
  6. ^ "Women's Film Preservation Fund". New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). 
  7. ^ "Films selected to the 2003 National Film Registry". Associated Press. December 16, 2003. 

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