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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.

Director:

Hal Roach (uncredited)
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Cast

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

Short | Comedy | Western

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Old Pierre: They are giving me the razz and holding my Nell a prisoner.
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Connections

Edited into American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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Pretty Good Parody Feature
21 December 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This one reel comedy is a pretty good parody of the westerns of its time. It's nothing fancy, but it takes a light, upbeat approach and has some funny gag ideas. Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels always seem to work together well, and Snub Pollard is also here, in a smaller role.

Lloyd plays the title character, who is a parody of the kinds of western heroes common both at the time and in many other eras. The character is probably based more than anything on the kinds of characters played by William S. Hart, but you wouldn't have to be familiar with Hart's movies to be able to enjoy most of "Billy Blazes".

The story squeezes quite an assortment of familiar western elements and themes into 13 minutes or so of film, and it does a good job with most of them. The big showdown between Billy and the villain is played strictly for laughs, and it features some clever turns.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

6 July 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coco de Chicago See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rolin Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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