Powder And Smoke!  
 
10 February 1924
Pathé Exchange
silent short
1-reel

 

Director: James Parrott  Producer: Hal Roach  Dialogue: H.M. Walker
Cinematography: ?  Editor: ?

AVAILABLE ON DVD
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(Charley Chase) is 'Jimmy Jump', a traveling salesman selling collapsible lightning rods who stumbles upon a robbery-in-progress when he tries to make his sales pitch to a shack in the desert.  One of the hostages (Blanche Mehaffey) hands Charley some money she has on her, and tells him to leave with it in order to keep it safe.  Of course, Charley thinks he has made a sale and drives off, grateful.  Blanche then telephones the sheriff (Jack Gavin) to advise him and to stop Charley and get the money back.  The bandits get on their horses and go after Charley in pursuit of the money.
The sheriff stops Charley and takes the money from him, and the bandits flee back to the hold-up house.  After the sheriff hands the money back to the woman, she returns to the house - only to find the bandits waiting for her.
Charley also returns and becomes embroiled in the robbery and is handed the money for safekeeping (again).  However, the gang leader (Leo Willis) discovers this and orders his death by firing squad (a bit extreme, don't you think?)  This plan backfires when the gang shoot at their leader by mistake.  Charley fakes his own death and the sheriff arrives to capture the bad guys.  But the leader is one step ahead and rides off with the money.  Suddenly, a seemingly-dead Charley rises from the ground and shoots the thief off his horse.  The money is retrieved and a satisfied Charley dumps his suitcase and its contents in a well.  Blanche falls in love with her hero and welcomes him with open arms.  Charley seizes the opportunity but falls arse-over-head on the ground.

  Favourite bit
Undecided.


Facts
•Filmed October 15-17, 1923.
•The 16mm print which was used for inclusion on the "Becoming Charley Chase" DVD was supplied by Dave Stevenson from his personal collection.
•There are 18 intertitle cards during the film (they are all shown below).
Did you notice?
•The suitcase that Charley Chase carries has "COLLAPSIBLE LIGHTNING ROD COMPANY, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA" written on it.
•Charley Chase is without his trademark moustache.
•There are six bandits.  Through some great teamwork with my dedicated friends Steve, Lou and Brent, we have been able to identify four of them.

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Charley Chase
Jimmy Jump
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Blanche Mehaffey
Daughter
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Eddie Baker
Realtor
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Leo Willis
Bandit
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jack Gavin
Sheriff
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jack Hill
Bandit
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Sam Lufkin
Bandit
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Joe Bordeaux
Bandit
Chet Brandenburg
Deputy
Ed Brandenburg
Rancher
Lyle Tayo
Blanche's mother
   
UNIDENTIFIED



Acknowledgements:
Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds (book)
David Kalat (information on DVD commentary)
Brent Walker, Lou Sabini, Steve Rydzewski (help with identification of the bandits)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Lyle Tayo and the Brandenburg brothers)

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