Lloyd Hamilton is an all but forgotten comedian from silent films who made quite a few films during his relatively short life. Today, only a handful of his 250+ films exist, as the ravages of time on nitrate film stock have certainly taken their toll. It's interesting to see that this comedy short is now available in two different DVD sets--Ham: The Lost Magic of Lloyd Hamilton as well as in Volume 2 of American Slapstick.
This is a better than average Hamilton film thanks to the presence of a bratty kid who makes Lloyd's life miserable. It seems that Lloyd was hired as a combination chauffeur, butler, cook, etc. and isn't particularly adept at any of these tasks. however, to make things worse, there is a bratty kid in the home who does his best to ruin everything. It's a bit cruel but also very funny watching the kid do his nasty pranks. Unfortunately, the beginning of the film and portions where the kid isn't running amok aren't quite as interesting--but the film is still good for a few laughs.
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