Susie Slips One Over

This image is taken from a film poster held at the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Released October 7, 1917, Susie Slips One Over is a one-reel Black Diamond Comedy filmed and produced by the United States Motion Picture Corporation (USMPC) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

An advertisement about the film appeared in the November 10, 1917 issue of The Moving Picture World says: “You needn’t be afraid to show Black Diamond Comedies to your most fastidious folks. They are just clean, rapid-fire fun, full of some of the best stunts in trick photography you ever saw–the kind of stunts that bring ‘em back looking for more.”  This echoes the advertisement campaign used by the USMPC for both Black Diamond Comedies and Rainbow Comedies–stressing that these films offer non-offensive fun for all audiences.

In the November 3, 1917 issue of The Moving Picture World, under a section entitled “Comments on the Films Exclusively by Our Own Staff,” the film is reviewed as “A slap-stick number of no great merit. The comedy centers around a rival love affair in which the usual series of slap-stick events takes [sic] place.” This indicates that perhaps the film critics wished the filmmakers had taken more risks with plot and character.

Film prints of Susie Slips One Over are held at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also holds a poster for the film. The UCLA Film and Television Archive has recently (in November 2012) agreed to deposit a DVD of the film with the Luzerne County Historical Society archive in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. More information about the film will be posted here once local scholars have screened it.

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