Saturday, July 4, 2015
Silent Film Comedy Spotlight: Seven Bald Pates (1920)
Seven Bald Pates, a comedy from the Christie Film Company, had a unique and interesting plot. On his wedding day, Bobby Vernon learns from a friend that he is being sought by a process server. His friend warns him that the process server is a bald man. Bobby, who is preoccupied with last-minute wedding details, is unaware that he has dropped his marriage license. A kindly bald man picks up the license and offers it to Bobby, but Bobby gets one glance of the man's shiny skull and flees as fast as he can. During the wedding, Bobby's friends repeatedly hustle bald-headed guests into a back room and securely hog-tie them to make sure they keep out of the way. Motion Picture News reported, "[T]he action is fast and often furious when the real representative of the law arrives and starts his search."
The film was co-written by Frank R. Conklin, who was one of Christie’s most prolific writers from 1919 to 1932.