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Ambrose's Lofty Perch

(1915)

directed by Walter Wright, 12 minutes

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Keystone comedy star Mack Swain takes advantage of his rotund figure to play a king in search of a queen. He selects his fiancé by process of elimination but the one he chooses already has another suitor, a second-rate Robin Hood. This Robin is a mean shot with a bow and arrow but goes limp at the first sight of a snake. Symbolism abounds for a most irreverent send-up of the costume drama. Unfortunately, the source materials are less than ideal for this hilarious Keystone short.

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Created almost 2 years ago.

Just darling. The way the speed of the film changed the dancers into the fullness of their comedy was delightful. Such childlike people it seems behind this, carefully planning the black and white composition with a visual eye to solid geometrical shapes.