Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Slapstick Summer Series: Moving On | Alkali Ike's Auto (1911)

Related to yesterday's post, Ike (first 'Alkali Ike', then 'Universal Ike' after the actor moved from Essanay to Universal Studios) was another pre-Tramp/Fatty character portrayed in multiple films -- this time, by Augustus Carney, and in almost 50 different movies.

Alkali Ike's Auto, the first in the series and directed by Essanay co-founder, Broncho Billy Anderson, features Carney's 'Ike' in competition with 'Mustang Pete' (Harry Todd) to win the affections of 'Betty Brown' (Margaret Joslin). In a case of life imitating art, Joslin later married Todd after first being married to Carney!

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