This Essanay "Snakeville" comedy was recently restored from a 16mm print discovered by Chris Snowden and a partial 35mm print from the George Eastman House. The comedy in this short is about as subtle as a sledgehammer (pun intended), but there are some good gags. A count shows up in Snakeville to deliver a letter telling matronly Margaret Joslin that she has inherited a lot of money, so of course he wants to romance and marry her. Cross-eyed Ben Turpin has a couple of great gags. When the Count's hat is stuck over his head, due to a sledge-hammer, Turpin pours some gasoline on the hat and sets it on fire. That really doesn't work, much to the Count's displeasure. Later, Turpin is trying to sneak out of a second-story hotel room. He ties his bed-sheet rope to a dresser drawer, but his weight pulls the drawer out of the dresser and he tumbles down to the ground. This is no classic, but a fascinating rare Snakeville comedy.
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