Series: Snub Pollard

Director: Alfred J. Goulding
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker

Stars: Snub Pollard
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 22 May 1921
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: H-61
Filming dates: January 26-28, 1921
Rating: 1/10

Big Game

The Sultan of Yazzamazoola orders a new wife so his servants go out into the street and capture a young bride who is walking with her husband. Snub is in his car and being pushed up a hill by Sunshine Sammy. As the hill gets increasingly steep (a neat camera trick) Snub has to get out and plug his driver's head under the wheel to stop it from rolling back down the hill. Snub takes his rifle and starts searching for something to shoot. He finds a fellow hunter (George Rowe), a Peruvian duck and a lion. The fellow hunter has a monkey approach him and Sammy and they both freak out before the monkey heads off to find Snub hiding behind a sand dune and removes his hat.
Snub, the boy and the hunter run off and hide inside the Sultan's palace. The duck they were hunting follows them there and Snub tries to shoot it but fires his rifle at the servant instead. The sultan manages to grab the hunter and the boy and shakes their heads violently as the cowardly Snub hides for cover. The Sultan offers the hunter a choice of either marrying the princess or drinking poison. The excited hunter chooses the princess and then removes her veil. He then opts for the poison. And then we had the royal wedding as the Sultan attempts to hitch up with his kidnapped bride. The ceremony is interrupted by the monkey who takes quite a liking to the bride (thank god they didn't share a sex scene). Snub takes offence and kicks the creature up its arse and runs off before returning to rescue the absolutely useless woman who just stands there on the spot instead of actually doing something apart from firing a rifle at it whilst having her head turned round in the complete opposite direction. Anyway Snub rescues, molests and kisses the girl before her groom re-appears to reclaim her and accuse Snub of kidnapping her. Snub accepts defeat and then the ending is just so stupid you wouldn't believe me if I told you.

Favourite bit
Snub using Sammy Brooks's head as a brake for the car to stop it rolling back down the hill.

Copyrighted May 14, 1921.
There is a scene where we see a gorilla/monkey making gestures followed by Ernest Morrison (who is black) in the next shot doing the same movements. Yeah good luck trying to get a scene like that past any audiences in 2021.
It's possible the Sultan may be Eddie Baker heavily made up but it's hard to tell.
My opinion
Oh god this was absolutely shit. And that is being kind. What an absolute mess of utter nonsense with a storyline that makes less sense than a Ben Blue fan pledging their admiration for him. One has to ask themselves how the bloody hell did Snub Pollard manage to keep going with all these utterly crappy films and still manage to entertain audiences? It's easy to understand why films such as this have not been restored and released on DVD. If you found this film remotely funny then you need to see a doctor as soon as possible because there is something not right about your sense of judgment!

Snub Pollard
Marie Mosquini
Ernest Morrison
Sunshine Sammy
Sammy Brooks
Snub's driver
George Rowe


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This page was last updated on: 13 September 2021