Friends, Romans and Leo (1917)

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7 September 2013 | boblipton
| Plentius Baddius
This is a weak comedy from Edison's "prestige" division, Conquest Films, when Edison was moving out of the motion picture business, following the failure of his synchronized movie-and-sound machines. Everyone looks like a some one of the Classical era, except that Caesar smokes cigars, Raymond McKee wears glasses like a current Broadway comedy star and he owes his creditors millions of "simoleans."

In other words, the jokes in this comedy are all anachronistic, and once you've gotten through the first couple, there isn't much variation. McKee does take a couple of fancy pratfalls and Juanita Fletcher, playing Caesar's daughter costumed like Cleopatra, is quite pretty. However, Alan Crosland shoots this one all in mid-length shot and it's over after one reel -- not soon enough, if you ask me.

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6 October 1917

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