Is this really Max Linder, ...

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Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostMon Jul 24, 2017 5:01 pm

… as the bfi claims on their website?
http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web/Details/ChoiceFilmWorks/150393698

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I've compared the sequence on the right, from Will he overtake them? (orig.: Les attrapera-t-il?) with an excerpt from The cupboard (L'armoire), in which Linder's participation has been confirmed.

Taking into account that Max, during that time (c1907), sometimes used disguises like wigs (e.g. in The joys of tight boots (Chaussure trop étroite), I find it nevertheless difficult to recognize him in this one.

Does anyone?
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostMon Jul 24, 2017 5:21 pm

Max Linder was 5' 2" tall and with shoes on maybe 5'3" In this short film footage, the male character appears taller than that.
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostMon Jul 24, 2017 5:21 pm

It doesn't look like him to me.
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostTue Jul 25, 2017 12:01 am

It's clearly a time-travelling Jerry Colonna
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostTue Jul 25, 2017 1:08 am

The shape of the face is wrong, and he doesn't have Linder's eyes
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostTue Jul 25, 2017 5:00 am

No, it really doesn't look like Linder to me, either.
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostTue Jul 25, 2017 8:16 am

Hi hi...the chap on the right has an uncanny resemblance with actor Stephen Fry.
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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostWed Jul 26, 2017 9:53 am

Yes, too tall and stiff to be Linder. The unidentified guy seems similar to Harry Gribbon.

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Re: Is this really Max Linder, ...

PostThu Jul 27, 2017 6:36 am

Thanks for confirming my suspicion.

Sadly, the 'bfi' has messed up their listing of Linder-films, even more.
More than half a dozend films, which they list, are clearly re-issue titles, at least two have been mixed up with other releases, which in turn prompted Richard Abel, in his book "The Ciné goes to town", to write reviews for the wrong title.
Since this has not been corrected over the course of twenty years, especially while research of the 'primitive' period has intensified, I wonder if they at all check for mistakes in the existing entries, and if need be, correct them?
Thanks again.
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