Sold At Auction!  
  27 May 1923  
  Pathé Exchange  
  silent short  

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess -      
Director Producer Titles Cinematography Editor
Charles Parrott Hal Roach H.M. Walker
Robert Doran Thomas J. Crizer


  A woman dressed in all black drops off a basket on the doorstep of a building.  Inside the basket is the ugliest baby you could imagine.  Twenty-five years later, a grown man (Snub Pollard) emerges from it fully clothed.  Snub sees a young boy trying to cross the busy road and helps him across.  The boy is delivered safely to the other side, but Snub gets hit by a car as he returns and then gets pushed along the street by it.  Soon after, he gets sandwiched between two cars and ends up head-first through one of their windscreens.  Snub gets a smack in the mouth from the angry motorist and then is launched through the air by an oncoming vehicle and into an auction house.  The auctioneer is delighted as it helps with the sale of his first aid cabinet to a crowd of excited shoppers.

  Favourite bit

•Filmed October 7-21, 1922, with retakes November 6-7, & 28th.
Copyrighted May 12, 1923.

Production B-12.

Did you notice?
•Snub refers to the boy he helps across the street as 'Livingston'.
•At the auction, a big sign hangs on the wall that says "Strictly Cash".
•The car that hits Snub Pollard through the air and into the auction house strikes him in a real street, and he lands on the Hal Roach Back Lot.

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Snub Pollard
Auctioneer's helper
Wallace Howe
The man who sold
  James Finlayson
The man who was sold
  Marie Mosquini
The sold man's wife
  Jack Ackroyd
  William Gillespie
Aviator with false teeth
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Charles Stevenson
  Charley Chase
  Noah Young
Product demonstrator


Acknowledgements: (
"A History Of The Hal Roach Studios" by Richard Lewis Ward (book)

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