Walk,—You, Walk! (1912)
Production Company: Kalem Co. Director: P.C. Hartigan? Cast: Marin Sais (Rose), Marshall Neilan? (Sam), Ruth Roland (Nell). Transfer Note: Copied at 16 frames per second from a 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress from source material provided by the New Zealand Film Archive. Running Time: 15 minutes (silent, no music).
The concept for Walk,—You, Walk! is as old as the battle of the sexes: When Rose’s date tries to get fresh, she walks out and teaches him a lesson, with the help of her sister. What makes this 1912 Kalem comedy so much fun is the sheer pleasure shown by the women in outsmarting the men. It’s a Kristen Wiig comedy 100 years ahead of its time.
The resourceful sisters are played by Ruth Roland and Marin Sais, two Kalem girls who starred as take-charge heroines throughout the late teens and early 1920s. Born into a San Francisco theatrical family, Roland started at Kalem in 1909 and was soon churning out 50 films a year at the...