Not great but well worth seeing if you get the DVD...
This is a silent short based on an O. Henry story. It is included as s special feature on the disc for "O. Henry's Full House".
When the film begins, you'll notice two things. It has no musical soundtrack and the quality of the print is amazingly good. Heck, it practically looks pristine--and that is unusual for a film this old.
One of this short's stars is Robert Livingston--a guy known in the 1930s and 40s as a cowboy star. Here, he tries his hand at comedy and appears as 'Robert Randall'. The leading man is Barry Norton--a guy completely forgotten today. Through a series of mishaps, Norton manages to irritate a bunch of men all in one short period of time. Soon, they are all giving chase but stop when Norton meets up with the banker's daughter (why they don't want to clobber him in front of her isn't 100% certain). So, again and again, Norton tries to stick to her like glue--though again and again they get separated and the men are about to pound him. This leads to a bizarre daydream sequence involving knights on bicycles! And, finally, there is a cute scene involving a magical belt that you just need to see for yourself. It's all quite slapsticky and funny--in a low-brow sort of way. But, I did laugh--and that's the important thing. This is not a great film, but enjoyable. And, if you have the DVD anyway, give this one a look.
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