Gentlemen of Nerve (1914)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 16 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Charlie Chaplin's 30th Keystone comedy is again set at the auto races, as were his earlier films, Kid's Auto Race, Mabel at the Wheel and Mabel's Busy Day. However this time, as Chaplin scholar Harry Geduld suggests, it was likely shot at the Keystone studios with shots of the race intercut. Charlie tries to sneak in by walking backwards through the gate but is turned back. He has a contretemps with Ambrose (Mack Swain), also trying to sneak in. The two resolve their differences for the moment and try to sneak in through a gap in the fence. Swain gets stuck and Charlie tries to help him through the gap with pushes, kicks and by trying to wedge him in with a baseball bat. Mabel and boyfriend Chester are there too, but Chester insists on flirting with the unlikely Phyllis Allen. Mabel, fed up with Chester's infidelity, is charmed by the nervy gentleman tramp. When Chester returns to the grandstand to reclaim a protesting Mabel, Charlie comes to her rescue. He shoves Chester into Ambrose and a cop, who arrests both as troublemakers, to the delight of Charlie and Mabel. Mabel rewards Charlie by letting him kiss her hand, and she playfully tweaks his nose as the new couple enjoy the rest of the race.

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bum, car, extramarital-affair, love-triangle, police, race/ethnicity, rescue