Fun Size Review: The Red Mill (1927)

Marion Davies directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle should have been comedy gold but this Dutch-themed picture trips over its own sabot and never recovers.

Individually, there are many gags that work and Davies is a charmer but leading man Owen Moore is a bore, Louise Fazenda and Karl Dane are underused and the plot is unfocused and uninteresting. Has its moments but no masterpiece.

I will say this, though: this picture is a never-ending source of great GIFs.


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Everyone ends up with the person they love and it’s all happily ever after from there.

If it were a dessert it would be: That ice cream sandwich you left in the car last August.

Read my full-length review here and learn more about Arbuckle’s post-scandal directing career.

Availability: Released on DVD by Warner Archive with a really smashing score.


  1. Jack Dougherty

    I got this film from the WB Archive Collection. Do you know if that company has released all the silents that it has? There have been a few films released after the initial group.

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      There are still a TON of films that have aired on TCM but have not yet been released on DVD. The most-wanted include The Wind, The Crowd, The Scarlet Letter and Greed.

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