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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

super silly fun

8/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
7 July 2006

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This is a totally silly silent comedy. Is it sophisticated or cerebral? NO WAY!! But, despite being just totally silly, it made me laugh repeatedly and my wife kept laughing at me because I couldn't stop laughing at the antics of Andy Clyde and Billy Bevan.

The film starts with the duo complaining because they are hungry and have no money. They try a variety of ways to steal a meal, but keep getting caught. Billy sees a cop walking his beat and taking a few liberties along the way--taking some "free" fruit from a local grocer. Billy reasons that if he has a police uniform, free food would naturally come his way. Andy wants to get in on the act and jumps in a baby carriage that Billy pushes along his supposed beat. When they enter a restaurant, Billy just assumes he can eat whatever he wants for free. Andy's solution is to cover himself up completely with a blanket and keep reaching around stealing other diners' food. I particularly liked when Andy started smoking under the blanket and customers were shocked to see that the "baby" was a smoker! It is interesting to note that the movie was directed by Del Lord. Lord later directed many of the Three Stooges shorts and you can see some of the Stooges' bits here being done a decade earlier by different people (so apparently they weren't Stooge bits after all). In particular, the oyster soup with the oyster that is very alive and very annoying--Curly Howard did this same bit at least three or four times on film.

All-in-all, a very silly and unbelievable film that is just plain funny. And if you are the type of person that can laugh at silly and stupid things, then this movie is for you!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

There Was A Fly In My Soup

7/10
Author: getyourdander from United States
8 February 2011

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This Mack Sennett starts with a couple of hobos (wandering Willies) trying to get something to eat. They devise a plan to steal a cops uniform as cops always seem to get free food. Billy Bevan gets the uniform when they fake a baby swimming off into a park lake & drowning. This leads to the cop shedding his uniform to save the baby.

Meanwhile, Andy Clyde fits himself into the empty baby carriage and creates his own kind of mayhem as they go to a restaurant to eat. A lot happens there as all kinds of little gags happen in quick succession. Then, the baby & the fake cop are found out by the restaurant owner. This pretty much sets up the last half of the film.

The last half is a chase scene that pulls off one sight gag after another. While the Landlord is in pursuit of Bevan in a car, the Key Stone cops somehow get involved in the chase too. The plot kind of gets lost in all the chasing sequences but the show ends when Bevan's car is sort of folded like an accordion.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Disjointed, But Has Some Good Gags

Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio
5 February 2002

This Mack Sennett/Billy Bevan short comedy is disjointed, but it has a few pretty good gags that compensate for other stretches of more routine material and for some dated details that mar it a bit. The plot has Bevan and Andy Clyde as two drifters or "Wandering Willies", who get into a series of silly escapades. Director Del Lord epitomizes Sennett's approach to movie-making, and so in typical Sennett style, the segments often barely connect with each other, and it just keeps throwing one gag after another at the viewer, hoping that some of them will connect. In this one, a few of the gags are indeed quite good, and they make it worth watching. It could have been better overall with a more disciplined approach that would do a better job of high-lighting the best material, but that was not Sennett's style.

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