Series: Snub Pollard

Director: Charles Parrott
Producer: Hal Roach

Stars: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Leo Willis
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 25 December 1921
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: H-88
Filming dates: September 6-10, 1921
Rating: 4/10

The Corner Pocket

Snub jumps down from a moving train - straight into the arms of the law (Snub again, playing a dual role). A pool hall attendant pulls the covers off the tables where two homeless guys are sleeping. Also sleeping is Bad Bill Bowery (Leo Willis) who is woken up when someone empties a row of pool balls over his head. Out in the street Maggie Beers and her son are shoplifting from a grocer but he catches the small boy and empties him upside down. Bill runs over to the scene and seemingly apologises to the grocer but then walks off with the mother but she tells him her husband is in town and for him to take a hike. Snub wanders into the pool hall where he is warned about messing with Bad Bill, who has a reputation for throwing billiard balls at people. So Snub pops next door and buys himself a box of rubber pool balls before emptying them out on a table. Snub deliberately uses Bill's jacket as an ash tray which brings them into the hall for a war but he has trouble remembering which table has the rubber balls on and therefore ends up taking a hit from the angry Bill.
That night the patrons are invited to a dance hall for a big dance, where Snub dances with Maggie aggressively. Afterwards Snub goes outside and is clubbed by a cop (also Snub) who switches clothes with him. Cop Snub - now dressed as civilian Snub - goes into the pool hall and picks up with Maggie as civilian Snub - now dressed as cop Snub - recovers outside from his hit over the head. 'Cop' Snub tries to re-enter the hall but is thrown out by Bill, whilst 'civilian' Snub steals a purse from Maggie and leaves before switching his clothes back with the other Snub outside. (Confused?) One Snub chases the other Snub down the street and the film ends. And the viewer is left scratching his - or her - head as to what they just witnessed.

Favourite bit
There's only one thing worse than watching Snub Pollard... and that's watching two Snub Pollards.

Copyrighted December 10, 1921.
This film probably previewed as "Ten Nights In A Pool Room".
The last Hal Roach-produced film released in 1921.
The wrong-as-usual IMDb website lists Noah Young as Bill. Take it from me, someone who actually watched the film, that is LEO WILLIS.

My opinion
A bit confusing at times, but believe it or not this one wasn't too bad. Well, for a Snub Pollard film that is.

Snub Pollard
Snub/The cop
Marie Mosquini
Maggie Beers
Leo Willis
Bad Bill Bowery
William Gillespie
Pool player
Jack O'Brien
Policeman/Pool hall spectator
Robert Finlayson
Pool hall man
Jack Ackroyd
Pool hall spectator
Wallace Howe
Sam Lufkin
Pool hall spectator
Jackie Morgan
Roy Brooks


INTERTITLES (click image to enlarge)

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Dave Glass (print)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Robert Finlayson, Wallace Howe, Jackie Morgan, Sam Lufkin* (*not 100% sure))
The ID for Jack Ackroyd is my own observation but I am not 100% sure

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