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The Surf Girl (1916)

Several people have decided to go swimming at the swimming pool at Coney Island. They include a young woman with a strong armed boyfriend, and another young woman accompanied to the park by... See full summary »

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Harry Edwards
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Cast overview:
Fritz Schade Fritz Schade ... The Lifeguard Captain
Raymond Griffith ... The Assistant Lifeguard
Al Kaufman Al Kaufman ... The Sledgehammer Man
Ivy Crosthwaite Ivy Crosthwaite ... The Sledgehammer Man's Wife
Glen Cavender ... Poppa - the Angry Father
Dale Fuller ... Momma
Julia Faye ... The Daughter
Albert T. Gillespie Albert T. Gillespie ... Bar Patron / Swimmer (as Bert Gillespie)
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Several people have decided to go swimming at the swimming pool at Coney Island. They include a young woman with a strong armed boyfriend, and another young woman accompanied to the park by her overprotective parents. Complications begin when the second young woman begins cavorting with the assistant lifeguard, of who her father does not approve. In trying to get the assistant lifeguard to leave his daughter alone, the father inadvertently gets involved with the second young woman, which brings her strong armed boyfriend into the picture. Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1916 (USA) See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Daughter: I leaned over to tickle the ostrich and he swallowed my locket.
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Simply insane
13 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Surf Girl" is about the misadventures of a family at the beach. Much of the time, Pa is being slapped around by his very tough wife. During one of their bouts, their daughter sneaks off to go swimming....and meet men. When Pa learns of this, he is determined to keep his daughter and men apart--with varying success.

This film does not have anyone in it who you'd recognize today and it has very little real plot. However, I really did like it. Now you can't compare the quality of this silent short to those of the 1920s. Comedy was FAR less refined in the 1910s and for its time period, "The Surf Girl" is a pretty dandy film. The biggest reason I liked it is because of its frenetic pace. When one joke falls flat, it doesn't matter, as another one is coming almost immediately. In addition, there are tons of knockabout stunts that will leave you almost breathless. Clever and cute.


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