Love and Pain (1913)

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As was often the case in the Keystone comedies, "love" and "pain" are virtually interchangeable in this half-reel farce. Believing that his sweetheart has rejected him, a rubeish Romeo decides to shoot himself. Unfortunately, he misses, whereupon he elects to commit suicide with poison. Fortunately, he is rescued at the last minute by his now-contrite girlfriend. A parody of the popular stage melodramas of the period, Love and Pain achieved its laughs by absurdly exaggerating the grim central situation. The film was originally released in tandem with another Keystone comedy, The Man Next Door.