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The Speed Kid
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Dangerous Dan McGraw (as Oliver N. Hardy)
Frank Alexander ...
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Sheriff Phil O'Delfa (as Bill Hauber)
James J. Jeffries ...
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Grover Ligon
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Avery DuPoise is a wealthy business man, organising a race. He meets one the competitors of the race, who is in love with DuPoises daughter. Another competitor crashes into the action, who is also in love DuPoises daughter. DuPoise suggests that who ever wins the race will have the opportunity to visit his daughter every Wednesday night. An action packed races commences, with one competitor doing more than usual to win the race. Written by Paul L

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There's a lot of energy--just not that many laughs
3 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that back in the early 1920s, Larry Semon was one of the top movie comics--as he is practically unheard of today. In fact, I think the only reason I found this short on DVD was because like many of Semon's films, his co-star was Oliver Hardy and this film was part of Passport Video's "The Laurel OR Hardy Collection"--films featuring one or the other before they were permanently teamed in 1927.

The plot involves a rivalry between Semon and Hardy. Both want the same girl and oddly her father says that the winner of an auto race can then have permission to date her. Since Hardy always plays the villain in these films, it's not surprising that he cheats and uses many underhanded tricks to try to win the race. The race scenes and ones leading up to it are pretty good. Like other Semon comedies, this one is full of physical humor and is very high paced--much more so than the more polished shorts of Keaton or Lloyd. When the pacing AND the jokes come together, Semon's films are wonderful and very entertaining. The problem here is that while the stunts are excellent, there just aren't all that many laughs--making this a little better than a time-passer. Good, but certainly not among Semon's best work.


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