The Traveling Salesman (1916)

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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Frank McIntyre repeated his original role in this film adaptation of his Broadway success The Travelling Salesman. Much of the comedy was predicated on the fact that salesman Bob Blake's (McIntyre) female customers find him irresistible, despite his considerable bulk and abundance of double chins. But the film's biggest laugh was engendered when Blake was able to start a Model T Ford on a cold winter's night with only one turn of the crank. This mechanical impossibility was repeated, after a fashion, in Woody Allen's 1973 comedy Sleeper, with a 200-year-old Volkswagen subbing for the Model T. The Travelling Salesman was remade in 1921 as a vehicle for Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.