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Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy | Western  -  6 July 1919 (USA)
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Billy Blazes confronts Crooked Charley, who has been ruling the town of Peaceful Vale through fear and violence.

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The mining town of Peaceful Vale is a rough place, and sheriff 'Gun Shy' Gallagher can do little about it, since the town is ruled by Crooked Charley, the gambler. Charley runs Pierre the tavern keeper out of town, and takes Pierre's daughter Nell as his prisoner. But when Billy Blazes sees Charley's henchmen harassing Pierre, he rescues Pierre and then proceeds to confront Charley back at the tavern. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Western

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6 July 1919 (USA)  »

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Coco de Chicago  »

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Billy first points his pistol below the bad guy's waistband, but it is then above the waistband in the next shot. See more »

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Pretty Good Parody Feature
21 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This one reel comedy is a pretty good parody of the westerns of its time. It's nothing fancy, but it takes a light, upbeat approach and has some funny gag ideas. Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels always seem to work together well, and Snub Pollard is also here, in a smaller role.

Lloyd plays the title character, who is a parody of the kinds of western heroes common both at the time and in many other eras. The character is probably based more than anything on the kinds of characters played by William S. Hart, but you wouldn't have to be familiar with Hart's movies to be able to enjoy most of "Billy Blazes".

The story squeezes quite an assortment of familiar western elements and themes into 13 minutes or so of film, and it does a good job with most of them. The big showdown between Billy and the villain is played strictly for laughs, and it features some clever turns.


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