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Ambrose's First Falsehood (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 12 December 1914 (USA)
Ambrose tells his wife he is on a train voyage to join a pal and dates at a cafe. However, he has some explaining to do when the train wrecks and a cafe proprietor and his dancer girlfriend... See full summary »

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F. Richard Jones
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mack Swain ... Ambrose
Minta Durfee ... Mrs. Ambrose
Edgar Kennedy ... Cafe Proprietor
Charley Chase ... Ambrose's Buddy
Cecile Arnold Cecile Arnold ... Ambroses's Buddy's Girlfriend
Dixie Chene ... Entertainer
Billie Brockwell Billie Brockwell ... Floozie
Grover Ligon Grover Ligon ... Waiter
Josef Swickard ... Funeral Director
Ted Edwards Ted Edwards ... Funeral Director's Assistant
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Ambrose tells his wife he is on a train voyage to join a pal and dates at a cafe. However, he has some explaining to do when the train wrecks and a cafe proprietor and his dancer girlfriend arrive looking for her purse. Music composed and performed by Donald Sosin. Presented by CineMuseum (on behalf of Keystone Films).

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Short | Comedy

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1914 (USA) See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Ambrose in Trouble (1999) See more »

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Funny Keystone Film
10 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ambrose's First Falsehood (1914)

*** (out of 4)

Nice comedy from Keystone has Mack Swain running into an old buddy (Charley Chase) who has a couple ladies with him. The friend talks Swain into sending his wife a note saying he's taken a train for some business. All seems to go well until there's a report in the newspaper that the train crashed and everyone on board has been killed so now the wife think's she is a widow when in fact her husband is out having a good time. This is obviously an early version of SONS OF THE DESERT where Laurel and Hardy had a similar issue. I think fans of that film will enjoy this early one just to see how much was changed in regards to the story as well as seeing how this one plays out. For a Keystone film I must say that this is perhaps one of the best I've seen because there are quite a few laughs scattered throughout this. I thought Swain was terrific in his role and I really liked how nervous he was while out dancing and having a good time. The look on his face is just priceless as well as when he gets home and realizes that he's in trouble. Cecile Arnold also deserves a lot of credit in the role of the wife. The scene where she reads the newspaper is just priceless and I really enjoyed her comic timing throughout. Chase doesn't get much to do but it's still nice seeing him here.


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