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The Fainting Lover (1931)

Back in the last century, in the 1940's, Camel cigarettes had an ad slogan that boasted... "not a cough in a carload." "Fainting Lover" is a comedy from Mack Sennett that doesn't have a ... See full summary »

Director:

Mack Sennett

Writers:

John A. Waldron (story and scenario), Earle Rodney (story and scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Andy Clyde ... Uncle Ed Roberts
Wade Boteler ... Bert
Vernon Dent ... Dr. Dudley Schmidt
Addie McPhail Addie McPhail ... Mrs. Roberts
Anna Dodge Anna Dodge ... Aunt Helen (as Anna Hernandez)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spencer Bell Spencer Bell ... Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
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Back in the last century, in the 1940's, Camel cigarettes had an ad slogan that boasted... "not a cough in a carload." "Fainting Lover" is a comedy from Mack Sennett that doesn't have a laugh in a single frame of the two reels. The three writers, one of which must have noticed the absence of comedy, either thought they were writing "East Lynne" or else were preparing themselves to write television comedy. This Andy Clyde short, in which Andy plays second fiddle to a bad performance by the usually reliable Wade Boteler, finds Boteler (as Bert) courting the daughter of Andy Clyde and Addie McPhail, and Andy reminds him that he shouldn't take her for granted, especially at a gathering where Dr. Dudley Smith, accomplished musician, artist, sportsman, lecturer, world traveler, singer, dancer and worker of cross-word puzzles, is putting heavy moves on Helen, Bert's intended. Bert allows as how he'll do something special for her on her birthday coming up next month. The something special ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balked at the Altar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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For Crying Out Loud!
13 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Wade Boteler thinks he's going to marry Andy Clyde's niece, but the wedding features Vernon Dent in a German accent; Boteler's role is to disrupt the cermeony with his weeping and wailing in this poor Mack Sennett short.

Sennett's comedy empire had contracted mightily from the 1910s, and here he is, directing this insufferable, laugh-free short, something he had left to far more capable hands for more than a decade. He soon would be out of independent production, still with his own logo, but effectively a line producer for Paramount. Even his occasional successes, like the W.C. Fields shorts, now recognized as classics, were seen as abject failures at the time.


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