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The Dumb-Bell (1922)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  16 July 1922 (USA)
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The owners of a movie studio are having problems with a temperamental director, and they promise an actor on one of his pictures that he can have the job if he can find a way to make the director leave the picture.

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The New Director (as Harry 'Snub' Pollard)
Marie Mosquini ...
Mary - the Leading Lady
Charles Stevenson ...
Julius Goldsmith - Film producer
William Gillespie ...
Abe Silverstein - Film producer
Noah Young ...
Disgruntled director
George Rowe ...
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Sammy Brooks ...
Short actor playing doctor
Wallace Howe ...
Actor playing doctor
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Actor wearing top hat
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William B. Davidson
Lincoln Stedman
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The owners of a movie studio are having problems with a temperamental director, and they promise an actor on one of his pictures that he can have the job if he can find a way to make the director leave the picture.

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Becoming Charley Chase
19 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dumb-Bell, The (1922)

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A small-time movie studio keeps falling behind schedule because the director can't keep his cool. He's constantly going crazy causing the film to fall behind schedule but the managers are scared to fire him so they tell an actor ('Snub' Pollard) that he can direct the film as long as he fires the guy. I'm sure directors and producers would sit around and tell a story like this and they'd find it to be insanely funny but whatever was going on in the writers head failed to make it to the screen because this really isn't all that funny. Pollard has never really worked for me as I usually find him rather tiresome and unfunny and that's part of the problem here but blaming the entire film on him would be a mistake. Chase, the director, must also take some of the blame because he really never makes anything here too funny. The film just strikes me as an inside joke that a few people are going to laugh at but everyone else will just sit there bore.


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