Frozen Hearts (1923)

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Although Frozen Hearts is meant to be a burlesque of Enemies of Women (which was produced on epic scale by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst), it also lampoons any number of situations generally seen in overblown costume dramas. Stan Laurel's character is a Russian peasant who is in love with Sonia, a girl of his own class (Katherine Grant). But Sonia is taken away by the Czar's forces to perform in a ballet and Stan is arrested. He manages to escape, however, and disguises himself as an officer. He goes to Sonia's rescue but is waylaid by a seductive princess (Mae Laurel, at the time Laurel's common-law wife). Sonia sees them together and gets revenge by flirting with the general (James Finlayson). The general challenges Stan to a duel, and the two fight it out in an impossibly long dueling sequence. Finally, Stan is able to grab Sonia and get away.