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Nugget Jim's Pardner (1916)

Hal, the rich and good-for-nothing son of a rich man, is thrown out by his father after another night out. He ends up in the West and living with a gold digger. He'll help him with his daughter and they all will become fond of each other.


Frank Borzage


Frank Borzage (scenario)




Cast overview:
Frank Borzage ... Hal
Jack Farrell Jack Farrell ... Dekker
Ann Little ... Madge Keith (as Anna Little)
Dick La Reno Dick La Reno ... Nugget Jim Keith


The son of a wealthy business man, Hal, is untouched by the hand of care. His father frequently remonstrates with him and urges him to give up his frivolous ways, but Hal laughs at him. Entirely out of patience, his father one night orders him from the house, and with but a dollar in his pockets Hal proceeds to a saloon, and ordering the drinks for the house, spends his last cent. Somewhat confused, but still carefree, he finds shelter for the night in an open box car. Somewhere in Arizona lives Nugget Jim, a miner, who spends most of his time indulging in liquor. And after a somewhat adventurous trip across the continent, Hal arrives in this region. Being hungry, he enters Jim's cabin, and finding no one there, proceeds to cook himself a meal. Jim appears, and furiously attacks him. Then he forces Hal to come to his mine and work for the food he has stolen. Hal laughingly goes to work. And that night he comes to Jim's cabin again and tells Jim that he intends to stay with him and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western


Not Rated






Release Date:

14 July 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Calibre of Man See more »

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1.33 : 1
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About as funny as David Brinkley
5 December 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The above remark is not a slam against Mr. Brinkley. He was a fine news reporter but he just isn't a name one associates with comedy--that is why I made the comparison. If you'd like, substitute your own unfunny name instead (such as Queen Elizabeth, C. Everett Koop or George Wallace (the Governor, not the comedian)).

I recently have rented several DVDs from Netflix that fall under the title "Old Time Comedy Classics". I know they have at least eight DVDs, as this is volume 8. The previous DVDs were earlier issues and were a good bit funnier than those in volume 8, though I still haven't been all that impressed with any of the entries. It seems that these are all lesser-known silent comedies and I can easily see why they aren't as well known--most just aren't that funny.

Of all the films in this installment, HUGGET JIM'S PARDNER is the least funny...by far. In fact, the film seems to have no intention of being funny and I just assume by volume 8 they ran out of comedies and just shoved in any old film they could find.

The film is about Nugget Jim and his young partner. Jim treats the partner pretty badly until eventually the partner fights back and stands up to the jerk. Wow....this is about as good as it gets. No laughs, no suspense and no particular reason to watch it.

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