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While today Jimmy Adams is pretty much forgotten, this film is well
worth seeing. And, while he might not have been among the elite
comedians of the day, in this film he was blessed with great gag
Jimmy is an Easterner who arrives out west. Soon he meets up with a couple hobos and they become friends. At the same time, a young lady inherits a ranch and the men that work for her make fun of her and treat her with contempt. So, when Jimmy accidentally defeats the leader and then is mistaken for a wanted criminal, the rest of the employees run off and Jimmy and his new friends are hired to run the place. And, by the end, they then managed to capture the real wanted man and save the day again. Does any of this sound funny? No...not really. But the sight gags were terrific. Explaining them to you would spoil them but again and again the writers figured out how to make the most of every scene. See it and you'll know what I mean. Quite good.
Chase Yourself (1926)
** (out of 4)
Flat Western spoof has a female gaining control of a ranch after the death of her father. Her crew refuses to listen to her or do their work so she fires them but when they refuse to leave the land they're forced off by a man they think is the legendary Two-Gun Joe. It turns out its just a tramp (Jimmie Adams) so the tough guys come back to teach him a lesson. Adams would go onto do some Hal Roach comedies but judging by this film calling him a comedian would be a tad bit of a stretch. To be fair the screenplay is incredibly weak and there simply aren't any good jokes so it's probably unfair to judge the actor just by this one film. The biggest problem is certainly the screenplay that really doesn't have anything fresh or original going for it. The mistaken identity is never played for any laughs and the various issues that the tramp gets involved in aren't funny either. Some of the jokes are rather simple like him messing up on his new job as a ranch hand but again, it's not funny. The ending has the tough guys coming back to push him around and this is where we get into more physical humor but once again it's simply not funny. At 13-minutes the film moves along well enough but at the same time there's no real reason to watch it.
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