GET YOUR MAN

GOOD RIDDANCE

  The Smile Wins
 
Series: Paul Parrott Distribution: Pathé  Director: George Jeske  Cinematography: ?
Production: C-83 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: ?
Released: 08 April 1923 Length: 1-reel

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FROM THE ALMOST-COMPLETE PRINT OF THE FILM I WAS ABLE TO REVIEW:
The film begins with salesman Paul (James Parrott) being violently thrown through several doorways in an apartment building; but he simply gets up off the floor, smiles and moves on to the next door.  He walks into an office for stocks and bonds but is ejected by the manager (Eddie Baker) and falls over the janitor (George Rowe), who is observing the mess of broken glass in the corridor left by Paul's ejections.  Still smiling, and still determined, Paul puts on a false beard (because you always carry a spare one in your pocket, right?) and re-enters the office.  This time the manager is more welcoming... until his beard is blown off by an electric fan and his is ejected again.
Outside in the corridor a gentleman (Wallace Howe) dressed identically to Paul is dragged into the office and roughed up by the manager in a case of mistaken identity.  Still determined, Paul pursues the beaten-up man and then accosts the janitor.  A messenger (Lincoln Stedman) delivers a notification to the bonds manager of a delivery, which comes in the form of a large chest (delivered by Marvin Loback).  Guess who is inside it?!  The manager grabs an axe and starts detroying it, but fortunately Paul had the foresight to get out of it quickly enough before hand!
The manager has had enough and sets the heavy Loback upon Paul.  After a one-sided struggle, Paul is thrown from the second floor window, and lands in the back of the manager's car just as he is getting into it (come on, what were the odds?)  He drives off with Paul still trying to make a sale until eventually the manager drives his car across the railroad tracks as an oncoming train heads towards them.  [This is where the footage ends abruptly]

Favourite bit
Paul never gives up trying.  Even after falling down an elevator shaft, he opens the door, gets up and continues to pester an uninterested Wallace Howe, as if nothing has happened!

Facts
Production C-83 - Hal Roach series with Paul Parrott.
Copyrighted March 30, 1923. 
Filming dates
January 12-17, 1923.

Trivia
The office in which Paul causes all the trouble is "Empire stocks and bonds".

What the experts say
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James Parrott
Paul
Eddie Baker
Stocks & bonds manager
Wallace Howe
Lookalike
Marvin Loback
Delivery man
George Rowe
Janitor
Lincoln Stedman
Messenger
UNSEEN IN THE FOOTAGE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW Sammy Brooks
?
UNSEEN IN THE FOOTAGE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW Ena Gregory
Secretary (?)
 

FILMING LOCATIONS

Acknowledgements:
David Glass (help)

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