Published On: Fri, Mar 16th, 2012

Cruel Cruel Love Charlie Chaplin tries to Suicide

A silly aristocrat who believes he’s been jilted attempts suicide, but is saved from death and reunited with his fiancee.

A rich lord loves a girl. A maid who has seen the two accosts the lord in a park and embraces him. This is seen by the girl who calls off their relationship. The lord decides to commit suicide, but the butler replaces the poison with water. The girl, her love now restored, rushes to what she thinks is the lord’s deathbed.

Cruel, Cruel Love is a 1914 American comedy silent film made at the Keystone Studios and starring Charlie Chaplin. This was 8th Movie by Charlie

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Plot

This early Chaplin film has him playing a character quite different from the Tramp for which he would become famous. He is a rich, upper-class gentleman whose romance is endangered when his girlfriend oversees him being embraced by a maid. Chaplin’s romantic interest in this film, Minta Durfee, was the wife of fellow Keystone actor, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Cast

Charles Chaplin – Lord Helpus/Mr. Dovey
Edgar Kennedy – Lord Helpus’ Butler
Minta Durfee – The Lady
Eva Nelson – Maid

Rediscovery

Cruel, Cruel Love was presumed a lost film for 50 years until a rather good complete nitrate copy was discovered in South America. Cruel, Cruel Love was then copied and its original two reel format is available for sale.

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