A bum and an escaped convict find a kidnapped boy and try to bring him home.

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The Bum
Otto Fries ...
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A bum and an escaped convict find a kidnapped boy and try to bring him home.

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1 January 1927 (USA)  »

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4 November 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Snub Pollard is quite good in this gag-filled comedy as a hapless bum who has gotten himself attached -- quite literally -- to a ball and chain and a grateful escaped convict. Although not particularly sophisticated -- as you would expect from a Weiss Brother release -- there are lots of gags and pratfalls skillfully exhibited. Alas, comedy had been moving for ten years away from simple exhibition of clowning and Snub had never moved with it -- in many ways, he had moved away from his co-starring days with Harold Lloyd and while he was capable of miming emotions, there was little exhibited in the way of any endearing or enduring character.

With the coming of sound, Pollard's career, which had begun with an Australian pantomime troop, would end in a few incongruous comedy sidekick parts in westerns and bit parts. But here we are in a last hurrah for the unadorned silent clown and while the films are not as good as they had been at Roach, the gags are. Enjoy this for that if you can.


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