This film is included in the recently released "American Slapstick" DVD set. Many films previously thought to be lost to the ravages of time are included, though in several cases they are acknowledged to be incomplete films due to disintegrating nitrate stock--a problem common not just in the silent era but through the 1940s and 50s as well. While the film didn't seem to indicate that WHIRL O' THE WEST was a fragment, it certainly seemed like it was--especially since the film ended so abruptly.
Snub Pollard stars as an Eastern dude who arrives in the Old West--much to the delight of the locals who haze him. Oddly, it's one of the few times I ever saw Snub in a film without his characteristic walrus-like mustache. Because of this, devotees of silent comedy might not recognize him at first. As for the film, apart from the hazing and a romance between Snub and a local girl that isn't adequately resolved, there's not much to this short film. It's very skipable except to nuts like me who adore silent comedy and MUST see every film they can!!!
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