Series: Snub Pollard

Director: George Jeske
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker

Stars: Snub Pollard, Blanche Mehaffey
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 30 December 1923
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: D-29
Filming dates: August 27-31, 1923
Rating: 2/10

It's A Joy!

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Snub is the father of a new baby boy and can't contain his excitement. As he patiently awaits in his home for the doctor to deliver the newborn to him Snub does the unthinkable: he kisses and cuddles his mother-in-law, HELEN GILMORE. After seeing his new son Snub decides to name him after a film director, on account of his square-shaped head. We cut away to a dream sequence with Snub as a director on a film set and BILLY ENGLE sitting next to him whilst the cast look on bored and awaiting instruction. The leading actress (MARIE MOSQUINI) shows up late for filming and is told off by Snub. She goes through a routine but Snub isn't happy with her performance and so he himself tries to demonstrate how to act. Snub then shows the camera crew how to throw punches at one of the actors (GLENN TRYON), whilst his sound department assistant plays a large bass drum for effect! Snub sits around thinking on what to do next before a dog begins to chase a cat through the studio and interrupts several filming sessions taking place nearby.
We come out of the dream sequence with Snub telling his mother-in-law that he will instead name his son after a statesman instead of a film director. He chooses Daniel Boone (whoever that is?) Another dream sequence sees Snub held up in a fort playing cards with himself whilst a shootout takes place around him with Native Indians. When Snub accidentally knocks over a barrel of water that was needed to extinguish the flames around him from the attack, his wife has to venture outside to find more and is chased by the attackers. Snub goes after her but gets shot with an arrow in his arse, whilst his wife encounters a bear in the woods. Everybody takes refuge in a cave - including the bear until Snub begins wrestling with the creature. We cut back to the present with Snub wrestling his mother-in-law until the doctor appears to reveal the fact that the baby is not a boy... but a girl!

Favourite bit
Snub does the unthinkable!

Copyrighted December 24, 1923.
Also known as It's A Boy.
Martin Wolfkeil is wearing the same clothes as he did in Snub's previous film, Fully Insured.
My opinion
This is another one of your typical boring Snub Pollard borefests with scenes that just go on and on and on in order to reach the 10 minutes of running time. The gags are dull, the cast are dumb and the whole film is utterly pointless with a shit story and complete irrelevance.

Snub Pollard
Blanche Mehaffey
Helen Gilmore
Marie Mosquini
The leading lady
William Gillespie
Movie actor
Billy Engle
Studio musician
Eddie Baker
Sammy Brooks
Film crew
Glenn Tryon
The leading man
Beth Darlington
Al Forbes
Film crew
Martin Wolfkeil
Film crew
Film crew

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This page was last updated on: 30 December 2023