Andy Clyde wishes to go golfing but his wife and brother-in-law, Hector, are convinced that Andy needs to go on a picnic with them. Andy is not 100% in favor of this change in his plans and... See full summary »
Andy Clyde wishes to go golfing but his wife and brother-in-law, Hector, are convinced that Andy needs to go on a picnic with them. Andy is not 100% in favor of this change in his plans and tries every way he knows to avoid the picnic plan. He and Hector discuss it rather loudly and wake up the policeman next door who is sleeping. This leads to further complications. Written by
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This film, which I saw courtesy of the Internet Archive, was my second Andy Clyde short, and where "Lodge Night" had been farce, "Sappy Birthday" is a bona fide comedy of frustration. It shows the versatility of Andy Clyde's pleasant comedy character -- I could see him being the victim of almost any kind of situation. The scenario here -- with the attempt to go on a family picnic that never gets past the driveway, reminds me strongly of Laurel and Hardy's classic short from 1929, "Perfect Day," and this comedy even repeats a gag (involving a jacked tire) from its predecessor.
While it's not as great as "Perfect Day," this short does offer plenty of laughs as frustration mounts of Andy's inability to go golfing, the neighbor's inability to get to sleep, &c. Some of the slapstick seems a little bit forced and random, but Clyde plays it all very well. Some of the highlights are simply his dumbfounded and delayed reactions to what is going on around him, such as his response to finally being told he's been sold a cemetery.
On the whole a successful two-reel comedy but not necessarily an indispensable one.
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