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The Star Boarder (1919)

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Larry's absurdly plush life of ease as a convict comes to an end when his sentence is up. Tossed out, he tries several ways, including a stickup to get back in the comfortable jail. ... See full summary »

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Larry Semon ...
Star Boarder / Little Joe, Escaped Convict
Lucille Carlisle ...
The Warden's Daughter
Frank Alexander ...
The Warden
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William Hauber ...
Old Maid
Chai Hong ...
Prisoner with long cue
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(as Snooky the Humanzee)
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Larry's absurdly plush life of ease as a convict comes to an end when his sentence is up. Tossed out, he tries several ways, including a stickup to get back in the comfortable jail. Exchanging clothes with a lookalike escaped prisoner, he goes back, only to find he's to be hung. Now desperate to leave again, he joins other cons in a jailbreak. Written by WesternOne

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26 May 1919 (USA)  »

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Larry Semon at Sing Sing  »

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The End of the Beginning
28 January 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Larry Semon took over the Vitagraph comedy division, changed it from a drawing room comedy sort of production unit to one emphasizing more Keystone slapstick and starred and directed some good comedies with good cinematography. But eventually, although his stuff remained popular, his budgets ballooned out of control, his gags became repetitive and instead of an ensemble of comedians, it became about Semon. Did he run out of ideas? Was he simply unable to adjust to a more sophisticated way of constructing a comedy with a real plot and characters that would make an audience pay? Or was he just annoyed that Chaplin and Lloyd could do these things and thought that bigger booms would substitute?

In this short subject, we see Semon do a variation of Chaplin's THE ADVENTURER and while it is a decent enough comedy on its own terms, it doesn't begin to compare with the Chaplin effort. The gags are too cartoonish in their execution. It makes Semon, who doesn't give much of anyone screen time except for himself and Snooky the Humanzee, annoying. Also I can't accept a cast list which credits Norma Shearer as 'The Big V Beauty Squad' and ranks her after a Chimpanzee, even at the beginning of her career.


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