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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:
The dumb-bell
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


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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1 January 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lumber Jack  »

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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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11 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As a supporting player Oliver Hardy worked in several silent films before teaming with Stan Laurel. This one, The Sawmill, was done with now forgotten silent screen comedian Larry Semon as both star and producer. Hardy did several with him.

I couldn't quite get Semon's style down, he seemed to flit from Buster Keaton, to Harry Langdon, to Stan Laurel with a little Charley Chase thrown in as well. Maybe a dash of Harold Lloyd. He's the little dunce of a worker at a sawmill who's in love with the owner's daughter. But so is Hardy who plays a Simon Legree like foreman who carries a bullwhip to enforce his will.

The more Hardy chased, the more Semon ran until the worm turned and he got the girl at the expense of a sawmill. The Sawmill had a few good moments, but it was not up to the standards of any of the folks that Semon copied.

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