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