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A Prodigal Bridegroom (1926)

Ben returns from the big city with his pockets full of cash. A hard-hearted, gold-digging vamp ensnares him. Ben enjoys being ensnared. In order to get rid of his faithful sweetheart, he schemes up a preposterous tale.

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Randall Faye (story), Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ben Turpin ... Rodney St. Clair
Madeline Hurlock ... Gertie Gray
Andy Clyde ... Rodney's Father
Thelma Hill ... Lizzie Boone
William McCall ... Lizzie's Father
Irving Bacon ... Lizzie's Brother
Marvin Loback Marvin Loback ... Pete - the Hired Man
Dave Morris Dave Morris ... Gertie's Partner
Louise Carver ... Bonnie May
Barney Hellum Barney Hellum ... The Mudpack Salesman
Vernon Dent ... Gertie's Father in Flashback
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Ben returns from the big city with his pockets full of cash. A hard-hearted, gold-digging vamp ensnares him. Ben enjoys being ensnared. In order to get rid of his faithful sweetheart, he schemes up a preposterous tale.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Funny and A Great Cast

A Prodigal Bridegroom is a delightful silent comedy from the Mack Sennett studios. It stars legendary cross-eyed comedienne Ben Turpin, bathing beauty Thelma Hill, and screen vamp Madeline Hurlock.

The story starts with Rodney St. Clair (Ben Turpin) and Lizzie Boone (Thelma Hill) frolicking in a meadow and happily planning their wedding. Rodney is a poor country boy so he goes to the city to earn some money. Unfortunately on the way home he meets gold digging Gertie Gray (Madeline Hurlock) who tries to seduce him into marrying her. Now Rodney must choose between his homely fiancé or the beautiful vamp.

Since this is a Sennett comedy there are a lot of silly gags and even a sword fight. Ben, Madeline, and especially Thelma give wonderful performances. It's a shame Thelma Hill never became a big star because she's a beautiful and talented actress. She died in 1938 at the young age of 31.


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