Found in: Slapstick 2020
Forgotten Clowns: Douglas Maclean

Douglas Maclean: One a Minute

classified PG

Slapstick 2020


Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020

Jack Nelson
Douglas MacLean, Marian De Beck, Victor Potel |
66 mins, 1921, USA

Douglas Maclean was one of the biggest stars of light comedies in American silent film. Most of his 23 features however are lost, incomplete or inaccessible and so his name, face and films are completely unknown today.

In this rare screening of One a Minute (1921) Maclean plays a young lawyer who returns home to run the family drug store which is facing fierce competition from a competing chain store across the street. He devises a plan to market a panacea from a secret formula which, ironically, turns out to be the real thing.

With special thanks to Ben Model.

Film preserved by the Library of Congress, presented here in new restorations by Undercrank Productions.

With an introduction by film historian Kevin Brownlow and live piano accompaniment from John Sweeney.