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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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)
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Sheriff Sparks (archive footage) (as Charlie Murray)
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Theatregoer (archive footage)
James Finlayson ...
J. Wellington Jones (archive footage) (as Jim Finlayson)
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Mrs. Smith (archive footage)
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Lynch Mob Member (archive footage)
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Director (archive footage)
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Martin Brown (archive footage)
Al Cooke ...
Joe Barnum (archive footage)
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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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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
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Decent Reworking
23 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Small Town Idol, A (1939)

*** (out of 4)

This 1939 short is actually an edited down version of the 1921 feature of the same name. Warner took the feature version, added narration and music effects and released it as a short and the end result isn't too bad, although I must admit that I'd rather TCM played the original version. In the film, Ben Turpin plays a cross-eyed loser from a small town who gets ran out after being called a thief. He ends up in Hollywood where he becomes a star and then returns home to clear his name. This "version" of the movie has some pretty funny narration but for the life of me I couldn't get over the fact that it seemed like the silent version would be hilarious. I was laughing a lot of Turpin and we've also got James Finlayson doing some funny bits. Ramon Novarro (BEN-HUR) also has a small role here as does The Mack Sennet Beauties.


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