This solo comedy from Snub Pollard is delightfully strange and displaying that light Hal Roach touch that comedy fans know and love. Pollard is probably most famous as Harold Lloyd’s sidekick but he does pretty well for himself in the starring role.
Pollard plays an orphan who gets a job as an auctioneer’s assistant and manages to sell off the contents of the wrong house. The house in question belongs to James Finlayson, so we know Snub had best set matters right! Grand fun to be had.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Snub risks life and limb to get everything back– and then Finlayson discovers he is bankrupt and wants to hold an auction.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Rhubarb Eton Mess. Looks chaotic but it’s loads of fun.
Availability: Released on DVD as part of the Festival of Silent Comedy series by reelclassicDVD.com. It includes an excellent piano score performed by Ben Model. It’s also included as an extra on the company’s DVD release of Gloria Swanson’s Manhandled.
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Oh how I wish to see all these films. I looked at the spoiler and that is typical in comedies.
Yes, very much a sad trombone ending there. 🙂
How on earth did they do that special effect, for the shot that you used in your GIF?
I think it might have been achieved through chemical means but I am not sure exactly how. The whole short is quite creative.
What’s not to love here with one of my Lot of Fun favorites doing a solo turn with Jimmy Finlayson in support?
Completely OT: we can’t resist the bill that just came out for SFSFF December 1st Day of Silents. Just ordered the tickets and will be staying with old friends in Oakland. Can’t wait!
Isn’t it great? I am still going back and forth about attending but a whole morning of Stan and Ollie? Wow, that’s truly tempting.
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