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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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Cast overview:
Larry Semon ...
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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not funny
3 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is definitely a "lesser known" comedy short from the 1920s. The only reason I saw it was because it was on a DVD by Kino Films featuring non-Laurel and Hardy shorts featuring Ollie. They are interesting and historically important, but also generally average to below average for the style film. Compared to shorts by Chaplin, Keaton, Arbuckle and Lloyd, they are definitely a step below them in quality and humor. Also, the accompanying music was pretty poor by the standards of other silent DVDs. I ended up turning OFF the sound due to the inappropriateness of the music to set the proper mood. But, despite this, they are still worth seeing.

The star of this short is Larry Semon--a well-known and popular comic from the silents that is completely unknown today. Read his IMDb biography and you'll find out what an odd life he led and how he died when only 39 years-old.

Well, after seeing this film, I could rather understand WHY Mr. Semon isn't well-known anymore--the film was dreadfully dull. While this wasn't the only Semon short on this Oliver Hardy DVD, it was certainly the most uninteresting. Save yourself the trouble--try to find some other silent short--ANY other silent short!


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