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Are Crooks Dishonest? (1918)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  23 June 1918 (USA)
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Con artists Harold and Snub attempt to outwit phony psychic Miss Goulash and her "professor" father.

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Snub (as Harry Pollard)
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Old lady in park
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Old man in park
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Miss Goulash has just finished conducting a séance at the Mystic Temple, so she and her father decide to take a walk to the park. Meanwhile, two con men are in the park, playing a confidence game with the use of fake jewelry. They succeed in conning Professor Goulash and several other targets. But when they try their trick on Miss Goulash, she becomes suspicious. She soon tricks them out of their money, and gets them pursued by the police. When the con men try to elude a police officer by hiding in the Mystic Temple, they soon find themselves in another battle of wits with Miss Goulash. Written by Snow Leopard

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Good Comedy, & A Chance For Bebe Daniels to Shine
19 October 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a good Harold Lloyd comedy, with many funny moments and good gag ideas, featuring Lloyd with frequent supporting players Snub Pollard and Bebe Daniels. This one stands out among the many movies they made together, in offering Daniels a very good role that gives her a chance at times to take the spotlight and even outshine the other two.

The setup has Daniels as a medium, and Lloyd and Pollard as two con men. Daniels's character easily outwits them in a first encounter in a park, but then they meet up again in a much more prolonged battle of wits. These two skirmishes are both quite amusing, and the latter also features some clever visual ideas. The movie starts out just a little slowly in setting things up, but once the characters come together, it moves quickly.

Daniels is even more appealing than usual, and her character gives her more opportunity than usual to compete on equal footing with Lloyd. The part is well-written, and it fits well with her strengths. All of the characters are likable, amoral scamps, but her character is the one with the most depth to it, so it's easy to wish her well.

Lloyd and Pollard, of course, hold up their end nicely, and the result is an enjoyable short comedy with some good material.


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