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The Grocery Clerk (1919)

Big Ben has the largest store in the town of New Ralgia. His chief clerk is in love with the post mistress. The three of them get involved in a series of mishaps with their customers and ... See full summary »

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Larry Semon

Writer:

Larry Semon
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Larry Semon ... The Grocery Clerk
Lucille Carlisle ... The Postmistress
Monty Banks ... The Tow Gusher, a 'He Vamp'
Frank Hayes ... Female Customer
Frank Alexander Frank Alexander ... Big Ben
Pete Gordon Pete Gordon
Jack Duffy ... Old geezer / Hick
William Hauber William Hauber ... (as Bill Hauber)
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Big Ben has the largest store in the town of New Ralgia. His chief clerk is in love with the post mistress. The three of them get involved in a series of mishaps with their customers and with the town ladies' man, whose advances conceal a more sinister purpose. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ridolini droghiere See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Slapstick Encyclopedia, Vol. 8: Tons of Fun (1998) See more »

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Could Have Been Better
27 January 2003 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

You can't help thinking that this could have been better. The settings are interesting enough, there's plenty of energy, and there's a wealth of comic material, yet it never really comes together. Larry Semon was very imaginative, yet his comedies often show a lack of discipline. They are often held back by such things as an overly manic pace, grating or inappropriate characters, and overuse of unfunny puns in the title cards. This one is no exception, although at least here the bad puns are kept to a minimum after the first few minutes.

As "The Grocery Clerk", Semon sets up some creative gags, but many of them do not come off all that well because things just move too frantically. The few gags that are set up more carefully generally do work well enough. Likewise, the story could have worked better with a little more development and a little less of the pointless running around. It all could have been rather effective with a more careful hand in charge. As it is, it's only watchable at best.


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