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Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Western | 6 July 1919 (USA)
Billy Blazes confronts Crooked Charley, who has been ruling the town of Peaceful Vale through fear and violence.


Hal Roach (uncredited)




Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Billy Blazes
'Snub' Pollard ... Sheriff 'Gun Shy' Gallagher (as Harry Pollard)
Bebe Daniels ... Nell


In the Old West, there is general lawlessness in the Prairie mining town of Peaceful Vale in Rattlefire County due to the ineffectiveness of Sheriff "Gun Shy" Gallagher. This allows outlaws like Panther Pete to run roughshod over anyone, and Crooked Charley, a gambler, to do the same. Crooked Charley is threatening to evict Old Pierre, who along with his daughters - the current being Nell - have operated the Five-Ace Tavern for years, the eviction due to back rent owed. Things in Peaceful Vale have the potential to change with the arrival of the unknown solider of fortune, Billy Blazes, Esq. In addition to challenging anyone who opposes him, Billy ends up focusing on saving Nell, the two who fall for each other. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Western


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At this point in his career, Harold Lloyd had been turning out one-reel shorts at the rate of one every 1-2 weeks for nearly two years. See more »


Billy first points his pistol below the bad guy's waistband, but it is then above the waistband in the next shot. See more »


Title Card: "Crooked Charley" the gambler. He rules the town with an iron hand and a gin breath.
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Featured in Silent Clowns: Harold Lloyd (2006) See more »

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A Rootin' Tootin' Time
31 August 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A HAROLD LLOYD Comedy One-Reeler.

When the local outlaws in Peaceful Vale become too rambunctious, it's up to BILLY BLAZES, ESQ. to gallop into town and restore law & order.

Harold gets to spoof William S. Hart in this very short & funny film. The various ways in which he subdues the bad guys & makes his getaway is the focus of attention here. The very tall Chinese waiter is also quite humorous. Bebe Daniels plays the Girl in the tavern; Snub Pollard portrays the cowardly Sheriff.

Movie mavens will note that this short film was produced shortly before Harold lost half of his right hand in a freak studio accident.

Robert Israel has composed an excellent film score which perfectly complements Harold's antics on the screen.

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Release Date:

6 July 1919 (USA) See more »

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Coco de Chicago See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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(Turner library print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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