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A clerk in a failing antiques store gets a big idea on how to move the merchandise so that he can save the store and possibly win the girl.

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A clerk in a failing antiques store gets a big idea on how to move the merchandise so that he can save the store and possibly win the girl.

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The Pawn Shop
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This early Harold Lloyd "glasses" short seems like a variation on Chaplin's THE PAWNSHOP in set-up, with Snub cast in the Albert Austin role, competing for the affections of Bebe Daniels in a failing antiques shop. After you get past that set-up, the similarities vanish. Lloyd's character -- still wearing his bow tie -- indulges in some rough slapstick combat with Snub.

Even though there's no clear sign of the go-getter of the 1920s, Lloyd was clearly searching for a style of comedy midway between the rough, Keystone-style slapstick of his early works and the more realistic comedy he would become the master of it. It starts here with characters who look like they could exist in the real world, even if they don't act like it.


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