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Are Crooks Dishonest? (1918)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 23 June 1918 (USA)
Con artists Harold and Snub attempt to outwit phony psychic Miss Goulash and her "professor" father.

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(as Gil Pratt)
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Credited cast:
... Harold
... Miss Goulash
... Snub (as Harry Pollard)
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Sammy Brooks
... Old lady in park
Lew Harvey
Gus Leonard ... Old man in park
... (as C.E. Stevenson)
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Miss Goulash has just finished conducting a séance at the Mystic Temple, so she and her father decide to take a walk to the park. Meanwhile, two con men are in the park, playing a confidence game with the use of fake jewelry. They succeed in conning Professor Goulash and several other targets. But when they try their trick on Miss Goulash, she becomes suspicious. She soon tricks them out of their money, and gets them pursued by the police. When the con men try to elude a police officer by hiding in the Mystic Temple, they soon find themselves in another battle of wits with Miss Goulash. Written by Snow Leopard

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Passez muscade  »

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The Adam of Silent Comedy in the New Medium
15 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

The 26 year old Harold Lloyd is a kind of 20th century Odysseus in this film. He is unembraced by professional society (even though he belongs to it) just like Odysseus when he returned to Ithaca. He is a trained professional, but his pursuit of happiness through a loving relationship and meaningful work is denied him. Romance seems to be inaccessible to him in this film. Acceptance within the society that he was brought up in is also inaccessible. Thus the question, are crooks dishonest? If he is forced into dishonesty because the society that he belongs to turns its back on him, is he wrong to do that? The alternative is just to settle for mediocre jobs and barely pay the bills.


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