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His Bitter Pill (1916)

Jim, the apple of his mother's eyes, is the big-hearted galoot of a man and is sheriff of his small town. He is sweet on Nell, who he has known all his life. Just as he is about to propose ... See full summary »

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Fred Hibbard (as Fred Fishback)
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Complete credited cast:
Mack Swain ... Jim - a Big Hearted Sheriff
Louella Maxam ... Nell - the Girl Jim Loves
Ella Haines Ella Haines ... Jim's Mother
Edgar Kennedy ... Diamond Dan - Jim's Rival
Tom Kennedy ... Dan's Henchman
Joey Jacobs Joey Jacobs ... The Widow's Son
William Hauber William Hauber ... The Bar Fighter (as Bill Hauber)
Rudy Unholz Rudy Unholz ... The Saloon Waiter
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Jim, the apple of his mother's eyes, is the big-hearted galoot of a man and is sheriff of his small town. He is sweet on Nell, who he has known all his life. Just as he is about to propose to her, he finds out that he has missed his opportunity as Diamond Dan, a big city slicker, has already proposed to her, to which she's accepted. Regardless, she has always loved Jim more as a brother. But when Jim finds out that Diamond Dan isn't as upstanding as he appears, Jim has to decide whether to let Diamond Dan go as Nell loves him, or arrest Diamond Dan and risk losing Nell's friendship. If the former, Jim just hopes that Diamond Dan will neither harm Nell and/or Nell can figure out for herself that he's not the man for her, but rather a big galoot who has always loved her and will always care for her is. Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rough Diamond See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Nell - the Girl Jim Loves: Jim! I Always Loved You... As A Brother.
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Oedipus Tex
14 September 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Keystone lampooned many a popular movie in its day. If we often don't notice this, it's because his target was frequently a D.W. Griffith melodrama and we are unfamiliar with the conventions and techniques used by the man that Sennett called "The Master". We do, however, recognize a western when we see it. If it sometimes seems that this is more a straight western than a spoof, it's because we remember some of the weird psychological westerns made in the 1950s, like RANCHO NOTORIOUS. It's not realism, Keystone was experimenting again.

Even as this movie was being made, the western was being turned on its head by William S. Hart, who brought the "Good Bad Man" to the movies. He would get the Sennett treatment the next year in HIS FOOTHILL FOLLY. For the moment, this one is aimed at the sort of sentimental western that infested the genre.

Mack Swain (in a role that in a couple of years would typically go to Ben Turpin) is a rootin' tootin' man's man, a sheriff who can punch out everyone in a bar fight, who shoots so well that his bullet pattern can be recognized on corpses and who can ride his horse past the Keystone cyclorama as well as any. He also loves his grey-haired mother and pretty Louella Maxam, but is much too shy to say so, particularly as she has fallen for Edgar Kennedy, a book-learnit varmint. The usual western tropes ensue.

The casting of fat Mack Swain, the most accomplished scene-stealer in the industry, makes this funny. If the entire cast plays the movie only slightly on the broad side, it may look like a pretty straight drama to the modern audience. However, it should be remembered that the typical cowboy star was a stoic fellow, more often chosen for his ability to ride a horse and wear a big hat than to act. So wooden was the typical cowboy star that the horse was often a better actor and given sizable billing.

Sennett had assembled a comedy troupe that could not only fall on their buttocks. They could act. Some would get the chance to prove it over the decades and some would fade into obscurity -- there's always fresher, more promising talent in Hollywood. This may seem to the modern eye pretty much a straight western of the era, but it was far more. It was better written, better staged -- the bar fight is better fight choreography than would be seen for twenty years -- better shot and better edited than anything this side of Hart's unit.

It is often difficult to appraise anything this old properly. Yes, it needs to be judged by our standards. It also needs to be understood in the context of its period. The modern audience looks at this and sees pretty much a decent, standard western. The contemporary audience would find this a very superior western -- and audaciously funny.


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