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The Sawmill (1922)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  1 January 1922 (USA)
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A bumbling sawmill employee tries to win the hand of the owner's daughter while staying out of the clutches of the mill's bullying foreman.

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The dumb-bell
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The foreman (as Babe Hardy)
Frank Alexander ...
Mill owner
Kathleen O'Connor ...
The boss's daughter
Ann Hastings ...
The owner's daughter
Al Thompson ...
The boss
Rosa Gore ...
(as Rose Gore)
William Hauber
Peter Ormonds
Pal the Dog
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A bumbling sawmill employee tries to win the hand of the owner's daughter while staying out of the clutches of the mill's bullying foreman.

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This holds the record as the most expensive short silent comedy ever produced. The cast and crew (consisting of 75 grips and electrical technicians, caterers, costumers, riggers, prop men and prop makers, construction and paint technicians, payroll cashiers, secretaries and script clerks, special effects technicians, transportation captains and drivers, assistant directors and production assistants) lived in a specially built bunker town while filming the short on location. See more »

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Instant amnesia.
26 June 2007 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Larry Semon was (at best) in the lower second rank of silent-movie comedians, more likely in the third rank. Buster Keaton, in his memoir co-written with Charles Samuels, commented that Semon tended to fill his comedies with all sorts of outrageous gags which had nothing to do with the plot or the characters. Consequently (said Keaton), audiences tended to laugh harder at Semon's shorts than at other comedians' work ... but afterwards they couldn't remember what they'd laughed at. It's hard to see how Keaton can have known this: did pollsters stop audiences on their way out of Semon screenings, and challenge them to synopsise what they'd just seen? But Keaton's observation was apparently made without malice, and certainly seems to be true.

I've sat through 'The Sawmill' twice without laughing at all, and I'm blowed if I can remember what it's about. Semon's in a sawmill, right enough, and he avoids the obvious gags such as tying the heroine to a log as it approaches the buzzsaw. But he doesn't do anything better than that, either. This is very much a run-of-the-mill Semon movie, and I'm not saying that to hang jokes on the word 'mill'.

As IMDb correctly notes, Semon expended a huge budget on this short comedy (and he spent only slightly smaller budgets on some of his others, such as 'The Counter Jumper'). Semon insisted on producing and budgeting his own films (with other people's money), but he was notoriously bad at budgeting and financing ... nearly as bad as Harry Langdon. Semon's eventual bankruptcy was undoubtedly a factor in his early death ... or disappearance, depending on which theory you believe. Anyway, you can definitely believe that 'The Sawmill' is worth a miss. I'll rate it, at absolute most, one point in 10. That sound you hear of sawing wood is the audience snoring.


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