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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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

None

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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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

Title Card: Old Pierre and his daughters have run the Five-Acre Tavern for years and years. Sitting Bull once stopped here on his way to dancing school.
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Early Lloyd
8 January 2010 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

I thought this film might have been made at the same time as Lloyd's The Eastern Westerner, but apparently the films were made a few years apart. This film is ultra-short, lasting a little over twelve minutes (although perhaps a section is missing). The sets for both films certainly look very similar. Lloyd also performs the same cigarette-rolling trick here (twice) that he used in the later film.

This is pretty frantic stuff. Bebe Daniels plays the daughter of an old boy threatened with eviction by his bullying landlord (although an intertitle suggests he owes eleven years in back rent which suggests he's actually one of the most patient landlords you're ever likely to meet). Daniels is a pretty girl with a saucy smile and sturdy knees, and it's no wonder Lloyd goes out of his way to rescue her. Compared to Lloyd's later output this is pretty primitive stuff, but it still manages to pack a good number of laughs into its brief running time.


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