Stout comedienne Babe London in romantic mix-up in this one-reel "Cameo" silent comedy short
A one-reel "Cameo" comedy short distributed by Educational, SCRAMBLED EGGS has a simple but effective premise: Babe London (a stout physical comedienne not unlike, say, Lulu Roman or Muriel Landers) and Phil Dunham (imagine a balding, shorter, fussier Charley Chase) are sitting across from each other on a train, and both are waiting to meet their respective dates at the next train station. London is, of course, eating bonbons (isn't that the stereotype for the large person???), and one funny scene involves a guy a few rows back who cuts a piece of a plug of chewing tobacco that gets blown by the wind into London's box of candy. That routine is so good, the film makers used it TWICE...once for London, and once for Dunham when Babe offers him a piece. Once the two of them get off the train, you can imagine that there are countless mix-ups where the couples get entangled. Running time is 11 minutes, and the premise is solid enough to keep the laughs coming throughout. Silent comedy short fans should enjoy this. Ms. London continued to work for decades, her last credit being in 1960. Although much of her work in sound films is uncredited, you can catch her in walk-on roles, asking yourself "isn't that...", and finding that she's off-screen before you remember who she was! I've enjoyed all the silent comedy I've seen her in.
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