Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Dippy Dentist - 1920

Country: United States
Director: Alfred J. Goulding
Stars: 'Snub' Pollard, Marie Mosquini and Ernest Morrison
Release Date: 25 January 1920 (USA)
Production Co: Rolin Films
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Comedy | Short
There are actually TWO dentists in this Roach short subject, one of them played by Harold Lloyd's brother Gaylord. He's wooing beautiful young thing Marie Mosquini, but with only marginal success, as she's also the apple of another man's eye. Enter--on the back of a motorcycle--The Dandy, once again portrayed by the inimitable Snub Pollard, who gets his bag of dental equipment switched with that of some back alley hooch salesmen (remember, Prohibition was only a year old, and was probably still being taken somewhat seriously in certain circles). Snub then meets cute with Sunshine Sammy Morrison and his faithful pooch, who looks a lot like the dog from the Our Gang series. The booze leaks from the bottle, the dog gets drunk, and Snub takes his liquid anesthetic into Gaylord's office, where he steals his competitor's patients with the sweet scent of alcohol. It's patently absurd, but the scene of Snub giving gas to Sammy Brooks is worth the price of admission alone. 

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