By far the best short in an otherwise awful collection
I recently have rented several DVDs from Netflix that fall under the title "Old Time Comedy Classics". I know they have at least eight DVDs, as this is volume 8. The previous DVDs were earlier issues and were a good bit funnier than those in volume 8, though I still haven't been all that impressed with any of the entries. It seems that these are all lesser-known silent comedies and I can easily see why they aren't as well known--most just aren't that funny.
Fortunately, the first film in the set is actually quite watchable--though it still seems far from a "comedy classic". Jimmie Adams, a comedian who bears a strong resemblance to comedian Charley Chase, stars as a man going to the hills of Tennessee to visit his kin. On the way, he meets a sweet lady and they hit it off well. However, they don't realize that both are coming to visit relatives who are in the middle of a serious feud. Instead of a warm welcome, her kin tries to blow his butt off and he is forced to make a run for it. Unfortunately, his relatives don't seem much nicer, as they treat him rather poorly to say the least! My favorite gag involved the spare bedroom--a clever little bit indeed.
While this film probably won't make you think that Adams is equal to the talents of Chase, it is still a pleasant little film and has more than enough laughs to make it worthwhile. The direction and acting are just fine and the only serious complaint I have is that the ending was rather anticlimactic.
Too bad this short isn't much like the other four films in the set.
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