Any Old Port  
 
27 June 1920
Pathé Exchange
silent short
1-reel

 

Director: Alfred J. Goulding Cinematography: ?
Producer: Hal Roach Editor: ?

Captain Dandy (Snub Pollard) is about to sail and arrives on the dock where several women take turns to individually say goodbye to him (the last one even wrestles him to the ground) before he boards the ship.  On the bridge, Dandy spies a bottle in the sea through his binoculars, then a damsel (Marie Mosquini) on deck reading a book.  She glances up at him and smiles, which brings the captain down onto the deck.
The captain is greeted and saluted by a young boy steward (Ernest Morrison) and after the boy brushes the captain off he is promptly (and rather rudely) dismissed.  The captain approaches the woman on deck who is now standing by the guard rail (see left image) and wastes little time in getting over-familiar with her.  His actions are observed by a fellow passenger (Noah Young) who involves himself in the captain's affairs, warning him that he has a tendency for violence against men who flirt with women.
A chase starts up on deck which leads to the captain hiding away in a compartment from the angry passenger.  Afterwards the captain assists the female passenger with a deck chair but then loses his own chair when a fat passenger (Hughie Mack) steals it for his own purpose.
The fat man destroys the chair when his weight collapses it.  The captain spends some time trying to free him from hit but to no avail.  The damsel continues to be pursued by the captain, even with him on his hands and knees.  Dinner is served but one of the guests (Eddie Boland) takes exception to the large frame of the fat passenger and pokes him with a fork.  The captain tries to accomodate the man by getting him to walk across the table so that he can fit into his chair.
The boat begins to wobble causing the passengers to feel sick.  One by one they get up and leave, including George Rowe who finishes eating a banana.  Another passenger (Charles Stevenson) comes in and is invited (against his better judgment) to join the captain at the table.  The passenger instructs the steward to "hold my hat - and keep the door open".  The captain orders some roast cabbage with tabacco sauce, some larded whangdoodles, a grapefruit friend in bacon grease, some sausages with alfalfa gravy.
The rough seas subside and the burly passenger from before (Noah Young) resumes his pursuit of the captain when he sees him flirting with the damsel again.  Rather than be caught, the captain jumps overboard into the sea.

Favourite bit
Even though the rough seas are causing havoc with the dinner guests, there is one who continues to eat his banana.  George Rowe looks stiff, stands up, slams down the skin, does a left turn and promptly marches out of the room in humorous fashion.  It's the way he slams the banana skin down on the table in comparison to the other guests who show their queeziness.

Facts
•Production H-35 - Rolin series with Snub Pollard.
•Filmed April 26 - May 2, 1920.
•Copyrighted June 23, 1920.
•At least one source claims an appearance by William Gillespie but I have not seen him.
Did you notice?
•There is no way that bottle of liquor drowned naturally.  You can see that it was controlled from underneath by the unnatural way it bobbed in the water.
•Whoah, after the saluting of the young boy (Ernest Morrison) on deck, that was a bit unnecessary for the captain to kick him up the arse afterwards wasn't it?
Noah Young was 5½ inches taller than Snub Pollard, yet when they are side by side in one shot the difference is noticably much more.
•Early in the film it is suggested that the boat is sailing towards Panama.
The name of the boat is the S.S. Admiral Parragut.
During dinner, the captain orders some "larded whangdoodles".  Any ideas?

Snub Pollard
Captain Dandy
Marie Mosquini
Damsel
Ernest Morrison
Steward
Eddie Boland
Dinner guest
Sammy Brooks
Passenger who is pushed over/
Dinner guest
Hughie Mack
Fat passenger
George Rowe
Dinner guest eating banana
Charles Stevenson
Dinner guest
Noah Young
Angry passenger
   

Acknowledgements:
David Glass (copy of the film)

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