Unfocused Comedy with Some Points of Interest
The film is very scattershot, barely developing one comic situation before moving on to another, and another. As a result, it seems much longer than it is. It has one laugh-out-loud gag, despite its racist premise: a black man attempts escape from what he thinks is a ghost. The actor does a magnificent job of looking like he's trying to run away while terror leaves his feet stubbornly rooted to the ground. For Laurel and Hardy fans, it's interesting to see Oliver Hardy before he'd developed his meticulous, slow-burning character.
- Oct 10, 2018
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