Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)

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Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns ... See full summary »

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  • Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, and Ford Sterling in Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)
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28 July 2007 | tavm
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| Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life is mostly blah but interesting to see once
Having recently discovered the films of Mabel Normand and seen some of her great slapstick scenes with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life was a big disappointment for me since Ms. Normand spends most of the short film tied onto railroad tracks because villain Ford Sterling didn't accept Mabel's rejection of his advances (glad to see her do so by knocking him down, however!). When her bashful boyfriend Mack Sennett finds out, he gets real-life race car driver Barney Oldfield to help him rush to her rescue. Also on hand are the Keystone Kops who get a hilarious scene at the end. Other than that and some of Mr. Sterling's over-the-top performance, this was mostly blah for me. Worth a look at least once for silent movie buffs. I saw this on YouTube with a score that contained some modern music from John Williams and other scores from recent movies and TV shows.

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