Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, in his return to the big screen, plays a cook who takes in a young boy left in a restaurant by his mother. The two of them become friends but soon a cop is on their trail when the plan of taking the boy to an orphanage. HEY, POP! would be Arbuckle's first talkie but it was more importantly his return to acting after a very long hiatus due to the now infamous court trial. The film is basically just a short version of Chaplin's THE KID but the actor manages to make it a lot more entertaining than it deserves to be. The first thing you're going to notice is that Southern accent of Arbuckle's, which just isn't the type of voice you'd expect from him after watching all those Keystone shorts he made. However, the voice actually manages to work extremely well for this film because it just has a loving nature to it and it really makes you believe that this guy wants to take care of the kid. Considering the studio still had to "sell" the actor to a public who for a time hated him, the opening pretty much has Arbuckle showing off some skills in the kitchen. There's also a rather large food fight as well as a few scenes where the actor must show how well he could bounce around a bed. HEY, POP! certainly isn't a masterpiece but it's an entertaining movie that fans of Arbuckle should enjoy.
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