Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Sawmill - 1922

Country: United States
Language: English
Directors: Larry Semon, Norman Taurog
Writers: Larry Semon (story), Norman Taurog (story)
Stars: Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon and Frank Alexander
Release Date: 1 January 1922 (USA)
Also known as: De zaagmolen (Netherlands - DVD title); The Lumber Jack (USA - working title)
Filming Locations: Lake Hume, California, USA
Production companies: Larry Semon Productions (for) Vitagraph Company of America
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Sawmill | Gunpowder | Person On Fire | Axe | Falling Tree  |  Exploding House | Slapstick | Shotgun | Tree Falls On House | Whip | Face Slap
Genres: Short | Comedy
A bumbling sawmill employee tries to win the hand of the owner's daughter while staying out of the clutches of the mill's bullying foreman.  
This holds the record as the most expensive short silent comedy ever produced. The cast and crew (consisting of 75 grips and electrical technicians, caterers, costumers, riggers, prop men and prop makers, construction and paint technicians, payroll cashiers, secretaries and script clerks, special effects technicians, transportation captains and drivers, assistant directors and production assistants) lived in a specially built bunker town while filming the short on location.

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