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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Did You Know?


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 »


Featured in Den gamle biograf: Episode #1.8 (2011) See more »

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Oliver Hardy provides good support to Larry Semon in The Sawmill
10 August 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

I found this short, The Sawmill, on a Platinum DVD collection of Laurel and Hardy shorts. It stars Larry Semon as one of the workers. Oliver Hardy plays the foreman and chief tormentor of Semon who shares with him a rivalry for the owner's daughter's hand. Unlike the Laurel and Hardy classic Busy Bodies, not all gags take place in a sawmill, some also take place in the owner's house involving a dog and some dynamite. There are also gags involving logs, paint, falling off roofs, and water. All are perfectly executed. There's a cartoonish atmosphere that's infectious here and that would eventually serve Hardy's later partnership with Stan Laurel well. For fans of Laurel and Hardy, this is well worth seeking out!

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