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The First Hundred Years (August 17, 1924)

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The First Hundred Years
 

Released on August 17, 1924: The perils of a newlywed couple as they set up housekeeping.

Produced by Mack Sennett

Directed by Harry Sweet

The Actors: Harry Langdon (Mr. Newlywed), Alice Day (Mrs. Newlywed), Frank J. Coleman (Roland Stone), Louise Carver (first cook, Phillie Mignon), Madeline Hurlock (second cook, Miss Gainsborough, aka Lydia Winkerton), Tiny Ward (Black Mike and bearded man)

 
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I remember as a very young boy hearing my father joke about marriage, saying with a grin that the first hundred years is the toughest . . . it is all downhill after that. He would have been a teenager when this movie was filmed, and I am guessing that this was a common joke in those days, and the title of this short comedy about newlyweds speaks to that joke. The comedy opens with big black Mike, actor Tiny Ward, forcing his attentions on pretty little girl Alice Day, and being heroically saved by strong young man Harry Langdon. Now, we know we are in for a good time when Harry tosses the big brute over the high cliff and we watch as he falls all the way to the bottom, crashing onto the sandy shore surely killing him . . . but suddenly we see him jump up and down shaking his fist at Harry! What follows is a dozen minutes of the funniest sight gags ever that will surely bring happy smiles to your face almost a hundred years later. Louise Carter, the first cook that the newlyweds hire is too funny for words . . . I just love that gal, who is the picture of an alpha female when men were tough and some of the women were tougher. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with lots of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Alice Day, Frank J. Coleman and Harry Langdon
Alice Day, Frank J. Coleman and Harry Langdon
Alice Day and Frank J. Coleman
Alice Day and Frank J. Coleman
Alice Day clutches to Harry Langdon after he saves her from Black Mike
Alice Day clutches to Harry Langdon after he saves her from Black Mike
Alice Day and Harry Langdon look at his broken pocket watch
Alice Day and Harry Langdon look at his broken pocket watch
Alice Day and Tiny Ward
Alice Day and Tiny Ward
Alice Day dances with Frank J. Coleman
Alice Day dances with Frank J. Coleman
Alice Day
Alice Day
Alice Day kisses Harry Langdon after he saves her from the bad guy
Alice Day kisses Harry Langdon after he saves her from the bad guy
Alice Day reads a book after dinner
Alice Day reads a book after dinner
Alice Day
Alice Day
Alice Day
Alice Day
Frank J. Coleman visits Harry Langdon and Alice Day
Frank J. Coleman visits Harry Langdon and Alice Day
Frank J. Coleman and Harry Langdon
Frank J. Coleman and Harry Langdon
Frank J. Coleman
Frank J. Coleman
Harry Langdon and Alice Day do the dinner dishes
Harry Langdon and Alice Day do the dinner dishes
Harry Langdon and Madeline Hurlock
Harry Langdon and Madeline Hurlock
Harry Langdon plays piano as Alice Day and Frank Coleman dance
Harry Langdon plays piano as Alice Day and Frank Coleman dance
Harry Langdon sics the dog onto Louise Carver
Harry Langdon sics the dog onto Louise Carver
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Louise Carver answers the phone
Louise Carver answers the phone
Louise Carver smoking a cigar
Louise Carver smoking a cigar
Louise Carver stares at the bulldog
Louise Carver stares at the bulldog
Louise Carver arrives at the home
Louise Carver arrives at the home
Madeline Hurlock clutches Harry Langdon
Madeline Hurlock clutches Harry Langdon
Madeline Hurlock reads Harry's palm
Madeline Hurlock reads Harry's palm
Madeline Hurlock sees the dark stranger
Madeline Hurlock sees the dark stranger
Tiny Ward enters behind Harry Langdon
Robert Warwick as Joseph Harris