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Risks and Roughnecks (1917)


(as Lawrence Semon)


(scenario) (as Graham Baker), (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)

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Cast overview:
... Our Hero (as Lawrence Semon)
Florence Curtis ... The Girl
Earl Montgomery ... The Big V Riot Squad
Joe Simberg ... The Big V Riot Squad
... The Big V Riot Squad (as Joe Basil)
Pietro Aramondo ... The Big V Riot Squad (as Pedro Aromando)


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Short | Comedy





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17 September 1917 (USA)  »

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Early Semon - Better Than I Expected
16 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have expressed in the IMDb a mislike of Larry Semon's work, venting my spleen at length in my review for his THE SHOW (1922). However here, where he is merely the lead comic and not the whole show, he has turned out a pretty good slapstick comedy. He shares the interesting pratfalls with his colleagues, including future producer Joe Rock, who are lumped together as 'The Big V Riot Squad.' There is a lot of obvious camera trickery, but it is all done with such a light-hearted air that I am willing to forgive Mr. Semon, and there is even some fairly interesting lighting -- the scenes in the gang's cellar hideout are shot with far more chiaroscuro than most comedians would use.

Not a great comedy by any means, but certainly not a waste of your time.

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