17 August 2018 | boblipton
Ben Turpin is a Lady Killer and Vice Versa
Ladies Man Ben Turpin is prepared to marry Madeleine Hurlock, but first he must dump showgirl Alma Bennett. Miss Bennett, however, doesn't take kindly to the idea and invades what was meant to be a quiet dinner for the lovers.
After toiling for decades, Ben Turpin began to gain traction after appearing with Chaplin in his Essanay shorts and perfecting his cross-eyed gag. When he moved to Sennett's studio, he became a major star. Armed with a shotgun, a scalpel, a million dollars and a delusional sense of his masculine competence and irresistibility, Sennett's staff found him a willing and capable performer. In private life, he was quite the opposite and when his wife fell ill, semi-retired to nurse her.
As for the ladies, while Miss Bennett declined into obscurity, Miss Hurlock did pretty well for herself, marrying Marc Connelly and Robert E. Sherwood and living into her nineties.