Pa Droppington sneaks out of the house to go to the theatre. Amid comic capers he is smitten by a dancer. Meanwhile his son is telling Ma that he's in love with a dancer! She is not happy ... See full summary »
Fontaine La Rue,
In 1830, a train known as the Iron Mule is loaded with passengers, and starts off on its trip. Along the way, the train faces numerous obstacles and delays. The engineer is prepared for ... See full summary »
A man is offered a great job, but with two drawbacks: it's on the other side of the country, and he has to be there by a certain date--and he's broke. He sets out anyway, and along the way ... See full summary »
Pratfalls, Tin Lizzies, Marriage, and Lots of Napping
Al St John loves Lena, but he also loves to sleep. Will he get out of bed soon enough to take Lena from his dull rival, so he can have an argument with the girl where he cries "LISTEN, LENA"? Or will he roll back over, and later get busted by a mean cop for sleepwalking in his bed clothes? This is a pretty funny collection of gags -- particularly in the first reel. But St. John, in this phase of his career, had gone from the outrageous mugging of his Keystone days, to a Keaton derived approach, which comes across as bland, when it is not performed by Keaton. So, what we have is a pretty good comedy done by a pretty bland comic. If you like silent slapstick, give it a tumble. If you aren't an enthusiast -- no need to bother.
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