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The pest is a Puerto Rican who tries running from human hunters he is hysterically funny


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Credited cast:
Jimmy Smith
Glen Cavender ...
The landlord
The poor tenant
Joy Winthrop ...
The pest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mae Laurel ...
A woman in court


The pest is a Puerto Rican who tries running from human hunters he is hysterically funny

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Comedy | Short




Release Date:

4 December 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Booklegger  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the film, there are nuts for sale called "Nigger Toes". These are actually Brazil nuts and is the only known film to reference them as such. The nuts were called this for a lengthy time but fell out of favor with the general public due to it being more like a racial slur. See more »

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The Pest has some good and bad moments for an early Stan Laurel short
30 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Despite being the star of this pre-teaming with Oliver Hardy short, Stan Laurel is not the title character. That happens to be a woman played by Joy Winthrop who follows Stan as he tries to sell a book about Napoleon. I found this rarity on the "Saved from the Flames" DVD collection. There's three gags that I found really funny: The time a dog that Stan's trying to get away from jumps high enough to his window to bite him in the neck, Laurel's inadvertently punching a judge because of his tripping on the floor, and a stop motion scene of Stan getting away from that lady I mentioned by immediately sliding down the banister of a large set of steps that looks similar to the one he and Ollie pushed a piano (and fell with it) on in The Music Box. Not everything works, for instance, Stan's tiger disguise leads to an unconvincing chase between police and dogcatchers not to mention a tasteless racist gag involving a chauffeur. And his suddenly becoming a heroine's boyfriend also is unbelievable. Still, for anyone that's a fan of Stan Laurel, The Pest is worth a look. P.S. Stan's common-law wife, Mae, is credited on IMDb as appearing as a woman in court but I found no such scene.

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