One of four films released by Chicago's Essanay Corporation during the last week of August, 1908, A Disastrous Flirtation certainly lives up to its title. The hero, who fancies himself a ladies' man, cannot resist winking at every comely lass who passes his way. Unfortunately, he winks once too often, and soon the would-be Romeo is running for his life, pursued by an angry boyfriend. Disaster does indeed plague our hero for the rest of the picture (which runs -- literally -- ten minutes). "The Essanay Company has a splendid pantomimist, whoever he is" enthused the trade magazine Variety over the film's uncredited leading man (could he have been Ben Turpin, who was then employed by Essanay as a combination actor and studio janitor?)
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