Silent movie stars were often up to no good and their antics included everything from minor mischief to outright villainy. But what to do if they were caught in the act? The old innocent routine!
One of my very favorites is this scene with Ford Sterling from A Muddy Romance. What is he pretending to do to the bushes? “I’m just here polishing the leaves and would never DREAM of draining the lake!”
In The House in Kolomna, Ivan Mosjoukine plays a soldier who is trying to make more time with his girlfriend by going undercover in her house disguised as the new cook. Unfortunately, he’s a great boyfriend and a good soldier but a terrible cook and he’s in for a lecture.
Mary Pickford? The heroine of Sparrows? Smash a brat’s head with a large stick? Why, the very idea! She was hitting… flies! Yeah, that’s it. See the huge one she smacked?
In Mum’s the Word, Charley Chase and Martha Sleeper are undercover servants who need an explanation for sitting in the middle of the hall. Obviously, they are picking up dust, an old Spanish custom.
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