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April Fool (1920)

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(as Charles Parrott)
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Bee Monson
Otto Fries
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(as Charles Parrott)
Thelma Percy
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21 November 1920 (USA)  »

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As of this writing, (6 January 2014) the only known fragment of this film shows a wallet-on-a-string gag pulled on Hamilton, then he tries it and the would-be victim takes it away. See more »

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19 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

A bit of a teaser this one. According to one commentator, only a single gag (involving a wallet) is known for this film. According to a reviewer, it is a moderately good example of the work of Charley Chase. A film with this provisional title and starring Lloyd Hamilton appears in the Huntley Archives (it is their films 17292) although it seems to be only the second reel of two.

The reviewer does not seem to be talking about this film. Although he does not describe the film, he implies that it is a film starring Chase. Chase does appear in this film (which he also directs) but only in a cameo role (as he usually did). The reviewer's film is, I think, another April Fool (1924) which was directed by and starred Charley Chase.

The Huntley film does however seem to be the real McCoy. During the film one sees Hamilton attempting to write a letter, clearly dated April the First. The second reel all takes place aboard ship with Hamilton, a sailor-cum-steward, attempting to catch fish, and eventually shooting a hole in the ship. Meanwhile the captain attempts to rape a female passenger (her presence is presumably explained in the first reel) which results in Lloyd eventually blowing up the ship and ending up n a raft with the girl (and a parrot - no known relation to Charley Chase).

It appears that Stan Laurel's brother Ted appeared in the film and can be readily identified (he looks rather like Stan). From a contemporary journal: "Ted Laurel, the little English comedian, who played a character part in "Ham" Hamilton's comedy, April Fool, has accepted a comedy role with his brother, Stanley Laurel, English music hall comedian, who will shortly be featured in two-reel comedies." (see SilentComedyMafia.com).

As for the scene with the wallet it is of course possible that this forms part of the first reel.


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