Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
When Harold Lloyd blew off three fingers with a prop bomb and had to take a few months off, producer Hal Roach tried out his sidekick, Snub Pollard, in a series of one-reelers with a wilder slapstick style than Lloyd was developing. Adding Ernie Morrison as Snub's sidekick and Marie Mosquini as the object of his passion made most of it work. When Charley Chase came on board as director, they really had something.
First, though, they had to experiment and this one is an experiment and not too successful a one. The style is more a Keystone style of story, or one that Charley might have used with Billy West. Snub and Ernie play moving men who disguise themselves as theater producers in order to pursue Marie, who is a dance student.
Tthe team later developed a style of developing their stories around the major gags. In this one they seem to be pulled out at random, with plenty of kicks and pratfalls throughout. It's not a compelling short subject. If, however, you have interest in any of the principals (and I am extremely fond of Mr. Chase), you will be interested in seeing the evolution of their work in this decent comedy.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?