The Old War-Horse
 
Series: Snub Pollard Distribution: Pathé Exchange  Director: George Jeske Cinematography: ?
Production: D-27 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach Editor: ?
Released: 11 April 1926 Length: 1-reel Titles: H.M. Walker

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Aubrey Littleneck (Snub Pollard) and Cyril Horntooter (James Parrott) are friendly neighbors with warring fathers during the civil war.  The fathers, who are in support for opposite sides in the war, exchange unpleasantries over the fence which separates their homes whilst their sons embrace warmly.  The two young men skip off down the street holding hands before signing up for opposite sides - Cyril to the North; Aubrey to the South.
In a field, cannons roar, grenades are thrown and a game of cards is interrupted, whilst back home the feuding fathers continue their battle over their garden fence.  Cyril's sister (Blanche Mehaffey), who is in love with Aubrey, meets her brother in the field but they are captured by three soliders (Martin Wolfkeil, Sammy Brooks and I think Jack O'Brien?) and taken to their leader (Jack "not a real beard" Gavin).
Aubrey, on the other hand ascends a steep hill armed with gunpowder and sneaks up on the enemy at the top, but after lighting the fuse the barrel rolls back down the hill.  Officer George Rowe helps his commanding officer Billy Engle by carrying his chair over for him despite being the target of cannon fire.  At the fort, Aubrey, Cyril and his sister are reunited and attempt to flee but are apprehended by the commanding officer.  Aubrey is put in front of the firing squad but he is saved by his sweetheart's framed picture inside his jacket which takes the brunt of one of the bullets.  He is spared a second shooting when news reaches the fort that the war is over.  Well, not for everyone it would seem.... four years later and the two fathers are still fighting over their garden fence!

Favourite bit
Can you spot all three people in this scene?

Facts
Production D-27 - Hal Roach series with Snub Pollard.
Copyrighted March 6, 1926.

Filming dates
August 8-14, 1923.

Trivia
This was the last Snub Pollard short film to be released by Hal Roach, three years after it was made.
Near the end when the three are reunited, I find it strange that Blanche Mehaffey clings lovingly to her brother rather than her lover.


What the experts say
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Snub Pollard
Aubrey Littleneck
Blanche Mehaffey
General's daughter
James Parrott
Cyril Horntooter
Billy Engle
Soldier playing cards
'Tonnage' Martin Wolfkeil
Soldier
Sammy Brooks
Short soldier with rifle
Jack Gavin
Union officer
George Rowe
Union soldier
Al Forbes
Union soldier
William Gillespie
Abner Horntooter
Jack O'Brien
Firing squad soldier
  Noah Young
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UNIDENTIFIED CAST

INTERTITLE CARDS

Acknowledgements:
David Glass (help)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Al Forbes & Jack O'Brien)

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