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Boobs in the Wood (1925)

Chester Winfield tries to make it as a lumberjack, but he's foiled by his lack of strength and the jealous foreman, Big Bill Reardon, after Chester catches the eye of Hazel Wood, Big Bill's... See full summary »

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... The Boy - Chester Winfield
... The Girl - Hazel Wood
... The Rival - Big Bill Reardon
Leo Willis ... The Tough Cook
... Saloon Proprietor
Barney Hellum ... The Little Dishwasher
Leo Sulky ... ToughMike / Poker Dealer
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Chester Winfield tries to make it as a lumberjack, but he's foiled by his lack of strength and the jealous foreman, Big Bill Reardon, after Chester catches the eye of Hazel Wood, Big Bill's favorite and the camp's waitress. Bill tries to eliminate Chester, so he and Hazel head down the mountain for other work. She waits tables and gets him a job as a dishwasher. He spills kerosene in the soup and then must serve it to an angry customer. Hazel tells a couple of tall tales about Chester, and soon all the customers, the owner, and the cook, think he's a desperado. They make him the saloon bouncer. Some trick shooting seals his reputation. Then Big Bill arrives for a showdown. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Has the chops
6 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Considering the childlike, simple, ineffectual qualities of Harry Langdon's comedy character, it was a good an almost a natural idea to make a short placing him in the threatening forest primeval, and among the toughest possible of communities -- that of the lumberjacks. This lines him up for a lot of great material.

Harry's more naive and childish here than ever -- somehow he managed to get hired as a lumberjack despite not knowing that you're supposed to get out of the way of falling trees (and, of course the dumbfounded, delayed fear of his reaction to the log that lands next to him is what makes the gag) -- and then, of course he learns and imitates, by warning passer-by to avoid the twig he is felling.

Of course, his boss and romantic rival in the woods is also as threateningly as possible, creating comic contrast -- it's Vernon Dent, cementing his well-played role as Langdon's main supporting player. Most of the inventive gags of this short take place in the first half of the film, and the second half is more situation-based, after Harry has taken a job as a waiter in the the lumberjack community.

A lot of this is wonderful, including many little moments such as Harry's pre-knocking of himself onto the ground before taking his second drink, as well as the tension combined with the visual comedy of Harry's handling of the impossibly wobbling set of plates after seeing the man who dropped one chased and beaten offscreen.

The situation leading into the conclusion gets more complicated than it has to be, and the conclusion itself is very rushed, but this doesn't distract from the comedy, of which there is a lot. The direction manages to strike a good balance between Harry's slow reaction humor and a fast pace, with a very visually striking shot of Harry on a log. Overall a strong entry in Langdon's shorts for Mack Sennett.


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