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
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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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1 January 1922 (USA)  »

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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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Frenetic Slapstick Comedy from Larry Semon ( did he ever do anything else?)
16 November 2006 | by (Seattle, United, States) – See all my reviews

In the 'teens and '20's, Larry Semon was a second-echelon comedian primarily in two-reel comedies. His comedies, while expensively mounted and populated with good comic actors, never quite made the leap to Chaplin, Arbuckle or Keaton standards.

It was set in (naturally enough) a lumber camp. Larry plays the "rugged he-man type" usually portrayed by Wallace Beery or Jack Holt. Semon's physical bearing makes this an amusing target.

The Sawmill was a very expensive comedy to make, more than some Chaplin pictures, but it just doesn't make it as a great comedy. If you like Ben Turpin, Lloyd Hamilton, or Charley Bower (You may have to look these names up) you'll like Semon.


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