Friday, September 7, 2012

Sold at Auction - 1923

Country: United States
Director: Charles Parrott
Writer: H.M. Walker (titles)
Stars: 'Snub' Pollard, Wallace Howe and James Finlayson
Release Date: 27 May 1923 (USA)
Production Co: Hal Roach Studios
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Short | Comedy
This film starts with some of the wildest and most spectacular car stunts you'll ever see in a silent film. Eventually, Snub is tossed hundreds of feet into an auction house and his sudden appearance actually encourages the listless audience to start bidding. The auction house owner then gets an idea--hire Snub and arrange scores of "accidents" just outside the auction house to help sell merchandise. Amazingly, it works, though Snub is beaten senseless in each case.
Later, due to a mix up, the auction house accidentally sells the furnishings of James Finlayson's house. Finlayson is naturally enraged and it's up to the hapless Snub to retrieve everything. What is so funny here is the extremes to which he goes to get everything--ranging from starting fights to stealing an airplane! The sight gags abound and you certainly can't fall asleep during all this frenetic action. In fact, the film is so fast-paced and violent that it doesn't look like a Hal Roach Studios production (which it is) but is actually more reminiscent of the best of Keystone (Sennett) Studios.
A lovely and funny film thanks to great direction, gags and Snub.

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