Sold at Auction was a pretty funny Hal Roach silent short starring Snub Pollard
This Hal Roach comedy short I found on the "American Slapstick" DVD collection of rare silent comedies starts bizarre and has an anything goes-quality one rarely sees in Mr. Roach's output. It stars Snub Pollard who is initially introduced as a baby left on a doorstep before we see him fully grown about 20 or so years later still in that basket! From there, he gets bumped car to car crossing the street prior to getting literally thrown through a window as an auction is taking place! Also appearing is James Finlayson as a man who's items accidentally get sold. There's also some animated mosquitoes, a moving piano, and a lamppost that's not as sturdy as one thinks. Charley Chase's direction, which he did under his real surname Parrott, is mostly frenetic though not every thing depicted here is fall-on-your-knees hilarious. Still, Sold at Auction is pretty entertaining throughout so on that note, I highly recommend it.
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