Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)

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Early, forgotten screen comic Fraunie Fraunholz stars in this surviving one-reel farce about a man who loses his shirt on the stock market, and ashamed, resolves to break up with his rich girlfriend (Marian Swayne). She, however, concocts a scheme whereby Fraunie will "inherit" a fortune if he marries before noon. After desperately proposing to every woman who crosses his path -- including an old maid who faints dead away and a married woman -- Fraunie decides to end it all by throwing himself in front of a coming automobile. Said vehicle, however, is carrying not only Marian but also a minister, and the lovebirds are wed right then and there. Fraunie gets a fit when he discovers that Marian has tricked him, but their union is soon sealed with a kiss.

Alice Guy-Blaché

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