Pluck and Plotters 1918

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An early and amusing Semon from the days before his budgets and ego ballooned out of control. He is the utterly inept janitor in an office building, where an inventor is busy cutting a deal for a new sort of — well, it looks like it might be a racing car, but it might be a zeppelin. But when Larry is not wielding a broom and forcing everyone into either ducking or taking a pratfall, or dunking an ice cube into the water cooler like an over-sized tea bag, he is fouling up industrial espionage. There is is a lovely thrill comedy bit with Madge Kirby at risk.

As with Semon’s other comedies of this period, he is the star but not the whole show, and that produces more varied and greater belly laughs. In this period his camera work was more interesting than his competitors, his gags as funny or funnier and although his story construction was no thing of beauty, it served as a fine framework for the gags…by boblipton (New York City)

Director: Larry Semon (as Lawrence Semon)

Production Co: Vitagraph Company of America
Writer: Larry Semon (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Stars: Larry Semon, Madge Kirby, Frank Alexander

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Double Trouble 1927

double trouble

“Snub” and his much larger dancing partner, “Fat” (Marvin Loback), struggle with each other in the room they share, try to crash the local vaudeville house and end up having to repossess a piano from their former landlord.

Director: James D. Davis
Stars: ‘Snub’ Pollard, Marvin Loback, Harry Martell

The Big Shot 1929

 

Fat and Snub are a reporter and photographer who try to track down a reclusive Scotsman for an interview and photo.
Director: James D. Davis
Stars: ‘Snub’ Pollard, Marvin Loback, Thelma Daniels

Feet of Mud 1924

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As Harry has “cleaned up” on the football field and won the big game, Natalie’s dad figured that he should do the same in the world of work before marrying his daughter. Harry’s chance to prove himself comes with an “engineering” job with the city. But it’s sanitary engineering, and while our street sweeping hero tries his best, he just can’t avoid making enemies. When he stumbles into the midst of a lively Chinatown tong war, it’s Harry’s bravery that saves Natalie and wins the day.

Director: Harry Edwards (uncredited)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Harry Langdon, Florence Lee, Natalie Kingston

Idle Eyes 1928

idle eyes

Comedy/short

The film begins with Ben Turpin looking for some food. He’s a hobo and is resorting to trying to steal food from a baby. That ‘baby’ is actually four year-old midget, Billy Barty.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Ben Turpin, Georgia O’Dell, Helen Gilmore

The Eyes Have It 1928

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A beautiful young woman is rescued by Ben and gives him her photo. When it is found in his pocket, his henpecking wife and shrewish mother-in-law immediately jump to the wrong conclusion and go on the warpath.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Cast: Ben Turpin, Jack Lipson, Helen Gilmore, Georgia O’Dell

J-U-N-K 1920

 

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A Hank Mann slapstick comedy where he plays a Junk Dealer’s Helper.

Production Co: Hank Mann Comedies

Stars: Hank Mann, Madge Kirby, Jim Welch, John J. Richardson