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The Soilers (1923)

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During the Alaska gold rush, a miner hits the mother lode, but a corrupt sheriff jumps his claim, leading to a tremendous fight.

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Bob Canister
Ena Gregory ...
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Mae Laurel ...
Woman in saloon
James Finlayson ...
Smacknamara
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Eddie Baker ...
Prospector
George Rowe ...
Man in saloon
Jack Ackroyd ...
Henchman
Jack Gavin ...
Prospector
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Joe Bordeaux
Sammy Brooks
Al Forbes
Katherine Grant
John B. O'Brien
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Bob Canister has struck it rich in Alaska, but another man learns of it, and steals Bob's claim with the help of a mercenary sheriff. Canister's men are ready to fight, but Bob backs down rather than resort to violence in front of his girlfriend. Later, though, he goes to the other man's home and confronts him, ready to fight for his claim. Written by Snow Leopard

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25 November 1923 (USA)  »

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De viespeuken  »

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The last name of Stan Laurel's character is spelled "Canister" in some scenes, "Cannister" in others. See more »

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NOT politically correct, but quite funny
10 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was one of many parodies Stan Laurel made of famous dramas of the day before he was teamed up with Oliver Hardy. In this case, he lampoons THE SPOILERS, though he also did comic versions of BLOOD AND SAND as well as DR. JECKYL AND MR. HYDE.

The film is much like THE SPOILERS, as it's about claim jumping during the Alaska gold rush. However, it's played for laughs and includes an awfully funny prolonged fight scene between James Finlayson and Stan. The fighting is very brutal and exciting, but what makes it funny is how the very effeminate guy keeps walking into the scene and seems to take absolutely no notice of the fighting. This mincing guy is awfully funny to watch (especially later when making passes at Stan), but I am sure many watching the film will be offended by the sterotype. If you can ignore the tackiness of this humor, it really is awfully silly fun.

Actually, now that I think about it, I am surprised that Truner Classic Movies didn't include this film in it's June 2007 salute to gay images in film--it is a very interesting curio.


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