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James Parrott ...
Willing, i.e. the Wizard of Finance (as Paul Parrott)
Ernest Morrison ...
Wary (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Ethel Broadhurst ...
Winsome
Mark Jones ...
Worried
George Rowe ...
Wily
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31 January 1926 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1921 and copyrighted in 1922, but not released until 1926. See more »

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Don't be hard on it
8 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Soft Pedal" is the second comedy I've seen starring James "Paul" Parrott, the younger brother of Charley Chase who would find greater success later as a director. I enjoyed it, and based on my two films -- twenty minutes -- worth of evidence, I would disagree with those who would claim that he never had a well-defined screen character. Paul Parrott seems defined by a kind of cool, scheming indolence that's quite appealing. He's the kind of guy who -- in a very funny gag here -- gets a little boy to pour water on people from roofs so that he can make money in his job as an umbrella salesman.

There are a good number of goofy and inventive gags in evidence here, not always proceeding from character -- but the water pitcher doubling for doubling for Paul's supposed tears should be a sure laugh-getter. Unfortunately, "Soft Pedal" gets a little to caught up for its own good in its plot about Paul saving a pair of blackmailed musicians that doesn't really fit in the one-reel length of the comedy and so ends up as a fairly typical wild chase. In that sense it's not the best-constructed silent comedy, but it shows of its star nicely and contains some very funny material.


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