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A Spanish Dilemma (1912)

Jose and Carlos, brothers, are smitten with the same Senorita, and as she cares for the one as much as she does for the other, there comes the great difficulty of choosing, for brotherly ... See full summary »

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Mack Sennett
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fred Mace ... Jose
Mack Sennett ... Carlos, Jose's Brother
Mabel Normand ... The Señorita
Dell Henderson ... A Friend
Alice Davenport Alice Davenport
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... At Duel
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... At Party
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Jose and Carlos, brothers, are smitten with the same Senorita, and as she cares for the one as much as she does for the other, there comes the great difficulty of choosing, for brotherly love is so strongly imbued that each is loath to do anything to vanquish the other. In fact, they are what might be called the "non-militant rivals." Their endeavors to induce the girl to decide between them are most unique, and each time they find themselves even. At last they draw cards, only to find, when this plan has been successful, the young lady lost to them both by being betrothed to another. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy The Engagement Ring (1912). See more »

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Funny Rivals Court a Cute Senorita
20 October 2012 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

Fred Ward and Mack Sennett are two Spanish brothers seeking the hand of a lovely senorita played by Mabel Normand. They provide some simple amusement in this pleasant little ditty. They cut cards, do shooting tricks with a gun and duel with swords to determine who will be the one to get Mable.

Dell Henderson also appears as a friend trying to help Mable decide between the two brothers. Unfortunately Henderson and Ward physically look alike with both being slightly rotund, so I was not sure on first viewing who was who. It is easier to see the difference in scenes where they are together, Henderson is taller and Ward has more of a baby-face.

The first shot, about 30 seconds, seemed ruined, but the rest of the shots are fine.

The movie amounts to a little comedy sketch that would work well on Saturday Night Live today. The ending is a cute surprise.

This is a Vitagraph Film, but not much different than the Biograph films the cast starred in that same momentous year of 1912.


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