Buckwheat Ben has some papers that the villainous Buttonshoe Bill and his gang are planning to steal. Bill sneaks into Ben's cabin, renders Ben unconscious, and steals the papers. Ben's daughter Nell is horrified when she discovers the crimes, and Rodney Hemingway comes to her aid. But Bill and a henchman abduct Nell and plan to do away with her, while at the same time luring Hemingway into a trap.Written by
Unique short that spoofs the cliffhanger serials of the silent era. The villain (Al St. John) kidnaps a beauty and the hero must try to save her without getting killed himself.
This is actually a very smart little film that does a great job at making fun of serials with everything from over-dramatic endings to outrageous and impossible stunts. If you're a fan of the silent serials or the Westerns from this era then you should have a good time with this two-reeler. The film is certainly clever enough to know what it's spoofing and for the most part it's entertaining from start to finish. This was directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and he brings some nice style to the picture. I will say that the movie needed more laughs but it's still worth watching.
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