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Smithy (1924)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  20 January 1924 (USA)
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After being discharged from the 372nd infantry, on account of a bean shortage, smithy seeks employment. He finds employment at a construction site, where he helps to build a house, and soon... See full summary »

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After being discharged from the 372nd infantry, on account of a bean shortage, smithy seeks employment. He finds employment at a construction site, where he helps to build a house, and soon causes havoc amoungst other workers. The constuction company owner leaves for a week, and tells his secretary to send a letter to Mr. Smith telling him to complete the construction of the house while he (the owner) is away. The letter is accidently sent to Smithy who manages to complete the house. When the owner returns the house is complete, and Smithy is commended until the last support beam is removed... Written by Paul

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Foreman: Do you know anything about building?
Smithy: No.
Foreman: Jus' the man we're lookin' for.
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not quite sleep-inducing
4 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins at a US Army camp just following WWI. Surprisingly, it is NOT a military comedy, though, as he is given his discharge papers--making you wonder why they bothered having the film begin this way at all. Once out, he finds a job doing construction and mostly he spends his time dropping things and making a mess, though I will admit that his ladder routine was interesting. But apart from that the film just doesn't have that many laughs. Fortunately, it ends with a nice sight gag, but other than that it just didn't seem funny compared to his later "Stan and Ollie" days.

While many reviewers have said that Stan Laurel's films without Oliver Hardy were bad, this isn't quite true. Many, like this one, were not especially good but he also made a few very funny films--so don't give up after watching this listless film. Try DR. PYCKLE AND MR. PRYDE--it's a very good Stan Laurel film and is actually better than most Laurel and Hardy films.


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