Mr. Flip

Mr. Flip is a 1909 American silent comedy film made by Essanay Studios, directed by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson and starring Ben Turpin.[1] The film is about a man going to various locations in town where he flirts with the women, and they in turn get revenge on him, causing him to leave their establishment. This film is believed to have included the first cinematic instance of a comedian being hit in the face with a pie, later known as the Pie in the Face, when Ben Turpin was struck.[2] However, the pie Turpin was hit with was hand-held, not thrown.[3]

Mr. Flip
Mr. Flip about to receive the first known 'Pie in the Face'.
Directed byGilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson
StarringBen Turpin
Release date
  • May 12, 1909 (1909-05-12)
Running time
4 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film begins with Mr. Flip, played by Ben Turpin, in a general store, in which he flirts with the woman behind the counter, for which he is carried out of the building on a Hand truck. He travels to a manicurist where he eventually gets the pointed end of a pair of scissors, sticking up out of his chair, when he sits down. He then meets a telephone operator at her desk, he calls her on a nearby phone, and she gets revenge by shocking him with electricity, through the phone, by turning her manual generator.[4] Next at a barber shop two women workers, get even with him by pasting his face with shaving cream and tossing him out of the building. At a bar he flirts with the bar attendants, until he gets sprayed with seltzer, by them and another patron. As the film's climax he enters a restaurant and gets a pie in the face by the waitress.

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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Mr. Flip". Silent Era. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Smith, Michael Glover; Selzer, Adam (January 20, 2015). "Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry". Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231850797. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "A Very Brief History of Slapstick". Splat TV. 2003. Retrieved January 29, 2009.
  4. ^ André Gaudreault. "American cinema, 1890-1909: Themes and Variations". p. 235. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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