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A Small Town Idol (1939)

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In Sleepytown, cross-eyed Sam Smith and Mary Brown are about to get married. But the scoundrel, Jim Jones, wants Mary for himself. Jim uses a publicity still that Sam sent away for against ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Sam Smith (archive footage)
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Mary Brown (archive footage)
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Dancer (archive footage)
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Marcelle Mansfield (archive footage)
Charles Murray ...
Sheriff Sparks (archive footage) (as Charlie Murray)
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Theatregoer (archive footage)
James Finlayson ...
J. Wellington Jones (archive footage) (as Jim Finlayson)
Dot Farley ...
Mrs. Smith (archive footage)
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Lynch Mob Member (archive footage)
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Bert Roach ...
Martin Brown (archive footage)
Al Cooke ...
Joe Barnum (archive footage)
Eddie Gribbon ...
Bandit Chief (archive footage)
John J. Richardson ...
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In Sleepytown, cross-eyed Sam Smith and Mary Brown are about to get married. But the scoundrel, Jim Jones, wants Mary for himself. Jim uses a publicity still that Sam sent away for against him to show Sam the cad in the eyes of Mary. Disgraced and without Mary, Sam leaves town and heads for Hollywood to redeem himself. Despite not being typical leading man material, Sam is able to make a success of it in Hollywood, and wants to return to Sleepytown a new man and to get Mary back. But Jim will not give Mary up without a fight, he using any means, including lying, to turn the town, including Mary, against Sam, their newly beloved hometown son. Written by Huggo

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11 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1938-1939 season) #19: A Small Town Idol  »

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Vitaphone production reels #B191-192. See more »

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Edited from A Small Town Idol (1921) See more »

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I Love a Parade
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Music by Harold Arlen
Played when help is on its way
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30 June 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There was a bit of a revival of interest in silent films in the late 1930s. Chaplin's films played well, as did Chaney's THE PHANTOM OF HE OPERA, so Warner Brothers, which had acquired the rights to them, decided to try cutting down one of Sennett's weaker features to a two-reeler, add in what they imagined was an appropriately hysterical narration and reissue it.

It didn't take and seventy-five years later, I find it more annoying than pleasing. Oh, it's good to see the relatively clean print -- there's a certain amount of chipping, but the image is a lot sharper than surviving prints of the original; however the story has been so thoroughly chopped down that the story has altered and the pacing of gags is now so rapid-fire that it doesn't work. It appears that in a dozen years, everyone had forgotten what silent movies were and how they worked.


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