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Larry, a Detective
William Hauber ...
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Frank Alexander ...
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Lucille Carlisle ...
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A Janitor (as Babe Hardy)
Al Thompson
James Donnelly
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6 October 1919 (USA)  »

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The Sleuth  »

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Away, Dull Care
28 January 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Before Larry Semon's movies became repetitive, increasingly bloated efforts that starred him and only him, he turned out some very nice slapstick with a large crew of comedians who got some good screen time and gags, and featuring some very good cinematography. This is one of those efforts, featuring a loving little zoom shot, a slammed-door farce sequence using cuts -- a technique I have not noticed before but which works very well -- and graceful composition, as well as the sort of work that seems to improve as it gets older -- a chiaroscuro that comes out in multi-generational prints.

I'm not exactly sure what is going on here, except it involves Semon as a detective trying to deal with some roughnecks, but there is some lovely by play with Oliver Hardy, who even does some tie-less twiddling, eight years before he was teamed up with Stan Laurel.

You can see some of the rot setting in, the bigger explosions, the near-collisions undercranked to produce greater speed. But for the moment, it is still working.


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