Series: Snub Pollard

Director: Charles Parrott
Producer: Hal Roach
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Stars: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 21 May 1922
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: H-106
Filming dates: January 28 - February 1, 1922
Rating: 5/10


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At night, a group of vagrants on a park bench are accosted by a musically-gifted policeman (Mark Jones), who uses his truncheon as a drumstick over their heads until the men all leave. Snub (Pollard) is lying on a nearby bench reading a copy of 'The Police Gazette' and laughing at its content when the cop tries to move him on, repeatedly hitting his shoes with his clun, but without any success. Snub later stands up to reveal the shoes are not his. A distressed lady (Marie Mosquini) runs up to him and seeks his assistance (hence the title of the film) and leads him away and into her apartment. When she opens her bedroom door, her unconscious husband falls out onto the floor. She tells Snub that her husband has drunk hair tonic and now refuses to go to bed. Snub helps the man back into bed but he keeps getting up.
As daybreak arrives, the wife pleads with Snub to stay awhile until her husband sobers up. The husband takes a gun out and attempts to shoot an apple from the top of a lamp but misses. Snub puts a large pumpkin on his head and entices the husband to shoot that instead. After several shots, the husband has managed to shoot off all of Snub's clothes. The last shot shoots the pumpkin off Snub's head, which flies out of the window and hits the cop outside. The cop strolls into the house, whacks Snub with his truncheon and leaves. [see favourite bit] The husband decides to make breakfast - eggs. A fire soon begins and Snub takes the wife out of the house. The fire crew are called and there is a mad rush through the town carrying a hosepipe to extinguish the flames. Snub pulls the hose across some train tracks where a train runs over it, cutting it in half. And that's the end of that!

Favourite bit
Mark Jones as the policeman storming into the house, hitting Snub Pollard in the gut and then leaving again. It's the way he walks in and does it which is comical.

Trivia
Copyrighted April 27, 1922.
A restored print of the film resides in the archives at the Library of Congress.
There are several shots where Marie Mosquini's chest is clearly on show. One such example:

What the experts say
"You know that feeling when you have seen one Snub Pollard film then you've seen them all? Well...... " ~ Lord Heath.

Snub Pollard
The stroller
Marie Mosquini
The agitated lady
William Gillespie
Fireman
Mark Jones
The musical cop
Eddie Baker
The drunken husband
Wallace Howe
(maybe one of the firemen?)

INTERTITLE CARDS

SHOT ON THE LOT
The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR
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SHOT ON LOCATION
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Acknowledgements:
Rob Stone (help with print)
Chris Bungo (locations information)

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