Series: Snub Pollard
Director: Charley Chase, Alfred J. Goulding
Producer: Hal Roach
Stars: Snub Pollard, Mildred Davis, Eddie Boland
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 02 November 1919
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: H-1
Filming dates: August 26-31 & September 10, 1919
All At Sea
NOT ON DVD
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.
Fancy opening a porthole whilst under the sea?!
• Copyrighted November 1, 1919.
• This was the second film to be released as part of the new Snub Pollard series.
• For such a trivial offence/accident, the cop who pursues Snub must have been extremely bored or desperate for a conviction!
• There are six women bathers in the leapfrog scene, but nine later on.
• 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 the worst film in the series, but that is not a compliment either!" ~ Lord Heath.
Short blindfolded sailor
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Dave Glass (copy of the film)
Jesse Brisson, Ed Watz, Lou Sabini (help with identification of cast)
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