THE LOVE MAGNET (1916)
Article 4210 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Lloyd Hamilton
Featuring Lloyd Hamilton, Bud Duncan, Ethel Teare
What it is: Slapstick antics
When his best friend Ham steals his girl, Bud visits a scientist who has created a love magnet, which is capable of causing women to fall in love with the one who points it.
Here’s another foray into the silent slapstick world of Ham and Bud. They’re about their usual type of business; stealing a prime newspaper-selling location from a child, short-changing customers, etc. Once the love magnets show up, the movie turns into a variation of one of the oldest cinematic routines, the chase scene; it turns out that you can get too much of a good thing. On top of the magnets themselves, the fantastic content is augmented by the appearance of a couple of women that may be sirens or mermaids, though that’s a bit ambiguous. It’s mildly amusing at best.