September Slapstick: Villainy Defined | Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913)

Barney Oldfield — 1st car racer to break 60mph on an oval, and later 100mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — is the celebrity focus of the title, but it is Ford Sterling who steals the show, hamming it up as the sneering, mustache-twisting, henchmen-having villain.

This 4th Keystone Cops movie also features Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett, who pulls double-duty as Mabel’s boyfriend as well as the film’s Director. It contains one of the earliest examples of a young damsel (Normand) tied to the tracks of an oncoming locomotive train. The rescue chase is thrilling, and the ending left me jaw-dropped stunned.

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One Response to “September Slapstick: Villainy Defined | Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913)”

  1. From Muted Mayhem to Silent Screams « The Giddy Says:

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