Dash of Courage (1916)

Release Date - May 7, 1916 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 22 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Gloria Swanson made her first appearance at Mack Sennett's Keystone studios in the 1916 two-reeler. Co-starring with Swanson was her then-husband Wallace Beery and her frequent Keystone leading man, Bobby Vernon. The plot is motivated by a collection for the Policeman's Fund, instigated by head cop Beery. A crook posing as a philanthropist steals the collection, sparking the by-now-obligatory climactic car chase. Swanson plays the daughter of the richest man in town, an otherwise straight role enlivened by an unexpected (and apparently painful) backward faint in reel one. Future comedy star Charley Chase directed the picture under his standard nom de screen Charles Parrott, while corpulent vaudevillian/gag writer Jean Havez shows up in an uncredited comedy cameo.