All At Sea • Another Nice Mess

  All At Sea
Series: Snub Pollard Distribution: Pathé Exchange  Director: Charley Chase, Alfred J. Goulding  Cinematography: ?
Production: H-1 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: ?
Released: 02 November 1919 Length: 1-reel


At the seaside, a friendly game of 'leapfrog' by a group of women bathers is offset by Snub who gets into trouble with a policeman (Charles Stevenson) for exposing a woman's ankles on a public beach.  Snub soon joins in the frolicking with the women but the cop grows suspicious of his behaviour and pursues him along the beach and into a tent.
Having given the cop the slip and changed into a sailor's uniform, Snub encounters a genuine sailor (Eddie Boland) but the two get into an argument over saluting one another.  After a short-lived game of blindfold with a small man (Sammy Brooks), Snub gathers the women bathers around to tell them his heroic story of how he won the Iron Cross and the brass knuckles.  A half-dozen pirates led by William Gillespie interrupt his boastful claims and kidnap the bathers as Snub runs off scared to enlist the help of some sailors.
The men board a small boat and set off on the sea to hook up with a very small and unconvincing submarine.  Several salutes later and Snub opens a porthole to dispose of some dirt and lets half the sea in!  He does, however save the day when he manages to shoot the pirates and rescue the ladies from disaster.  As he gives his speech he falls into the water.  The picture then shows Snub lying in his bath tub, revealing all of the preceding story to have been a dream.  Snub gets out of the bath (dry) and then argues with his wife (Mildred Davis) over a cat being on the dinner table as the film fades to black.

Favourite bit
Fancy opening a porthole whilst under the sea?!  Surely not even Ben Blue would do such a thing?

Production H-1 - Rolin series with Snub Pollard.
Copyrighted November 1, 1919

Filming dates
• August 26-31, and September 10, 1919.

This was the second film to be released as part of the new Snub Pollard series.
There are six women bathers in the leapfrog scene, but nine later on.
For such a trivial offence/accident, the cop who pursues Snub must have been extremely bored or desperate for a conviction!
Watch closely after Snub opens the porthole.  As he manoeuvres around, he actually snaps the door off by mistake, though due to the incoming water we are not supposed to see it.
What the experts say
Not a lot, apparently.

Snub Pollard
Mildred Davis
Snub's wife
Eddie Boland
Sammy Brooks
Short blindfolded sailor
William Gillespie
Charles Stevenson
Dee Lampton
Max Hamburger
Gaylord Lloyd


(beach unknown)

David Glass (copy of the film)
Jesse Brisson, Ed Watz, Lou Sabini (help with identification of cast)

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