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Rhubarb Vaselino lives in a small village, when he and his friend, Sapo, enter a bullfighting contest, Sapo dies, but Rhubarb kills three bulls and becomes a local hero earning money. Two ... See full summary »


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Tom Miranda (titles) (as Thos N. Miranda)

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Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Rhubarb Vaselino
Mae Laurel Mae Laurel ... La Paloma aka Pavaloosky
Julie Leonard Julie Leonard ... Caramel (as Julia Leonard)
Leona Anderson ... Filet de Sole
Sam Kaufman Sam Kaufman ... Humidor
Wheeler Dryden Wheeler Dryden ... Cuspidor


Rhubarb Vaselino lives in a small village, when he and his friend, Sapo, enter a bullfighting contest, Sapo dies, but Rhubarb kills three bulls and becomes a local hero earning money. Two years later, he is living in Madrid as a national hero , when he becomes involved with Filet de Sol, and his lover finds out, he must fight the most deadliest in Spain, in the last bull fight of the season. Written by Paul L

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Stan Laurel is the world's champion matador of melancholy in Mud and Sand. (Trade paper ad). See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Als das Lachen laufen lernte See more »

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Quality Film Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was one of a series of films that Stan Laurel did that were parodies of popular films. This four reel short was a parody of Blood and Sand (1922) with Rudolph Valentino and was in theatres only three months after that film was released. See more »


Vaseline approaches the man outside the bullring to volunteer to fight the bulls twice, in consecutive shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing Credits- Moral: If you want to live long and be happy - cut out the bull! See more »


Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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24 August 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This Stan Laurel flick was a parody of Rudolph Valentino's Blood and Sand, and so might be funnier if you're familiar with the original film. I've never seen it, so many of the gags here left me cold. A young Stan Laurel tries manfully to make a go of it but doesn't yet possess the necessary star quality to pull this one off and flounders amidst a wealth of unfunny scenes.

He plays a character called Rhubarb Vaseline (think about it…), and we are first introduced to him as he strolls down a lane hand in hand with his bullfighting friend. Hmmm, definitely something effeminate about our Rhubarb – I can't imagine what point the writers were trying to make. There are a few good sight gags – the dance scene is probably the funniest – and an endless play on the word 'bull' before the end credits roll after nearly forty minutes, but overall this one isn't very good.

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