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Old 11-03-05, 07:16 AM
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Silent Car Chase or Auto Racing Films on DVD

Would any silent film experts using this forum be able to help me locate silent car chase or auto racing films on DVD? I am specifically looking for titles between 1900-1929, with paticular interest in these years:

1923
1917-1918
1906-1912

If there is a dvd copy out there of what I believe to be the earliest car chase film - Runaway Match (Alfred Collins, 1903) - that someone could direct me to, then that would be utterly fantastic.
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Old 11-03-05, 07:30 AM
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Does it need a car crash in it?
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Old 11-03-05, 07:33 AM
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Nope. Just either a car chase or auto racing in the film. Car crashes are just the gravy...
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Old 11-03-05, 10:30 AM
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The one film that springs to mind is "Something New" from 1920 with Nell Shipman. This is available from Milestone on a nice double-feature DVD paired with "Back To God's Country".

There is only one car involved in the chase -- it is a Maxwell and is being chased by Mexican bandits on horseback I believe. It's been a couple of years since I watched it and I don't remember the details of the plot but what I do remember is the Maxwell being driven over boulders and other incredible terrain. It plays almost like a big advertisement for the durability of the Maxwell. The chase goes on for some time consuming, as I recall, the majority of the running time of the film.
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Thanks for that, cinefan. I'll keep an eye out for it. Not enough films with female leads, I say. Thanks for the info on the make of the vehicle too. Usually that is much harder information to track down.
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Old 11-03-05, 11:21 AM
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Chaplin's Mabel at the Wheel (1914) leaps to mind.

I know there's a car wreck in The Show Off (1926) -- can't remember if there's any 'chase', though...
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Old 11-04-05, 12:07 AM
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Thanks for those titles. I think Charlie Chaplin generally steered away from automotive slapstick material that Mack Sennett tended to specialise in. Apart from Mabel at the Wheel (1914), Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), and A Jitney Elopement (1915), I am not aware of any other Charlie Chaplin films with car chases or races in them, but I could be wrong.

The Show Off indeed seems to have a car chase. Or at least, according to this passing review:
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