Series: Snub Pollard

Director: Charles Parrott
Producer: Hal Roach

Stars: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Ernest Morrison, Noah Young
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 17 July 1921
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: H-70
Filming dates:
Rating: 2/10

At The Ringside

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Peaceful Alley - a community based on brotherly love... it was founded by a burglar. And so our story begins. A street full of people fighting sets the scene until the 'lookout' (Ernest Morrison) gives the signal that the local patrol cop (Snub Pollard) is heading their way. Suddenly fighting turns to dancing and the cop goes on his merry way. The milk man (Noah Young) pushes his cart onto the street and takes an order from a woman on a balcony who asks for milk. He secretly fills her bucket with home brew whilst a second customer orders cream and receives moonshine. The cop hides behind a leafy twig (yep) on the street corner and watches on until pouncing on the vendor only to discover his product is indeed only milk. A deadbeat steals something (not sure if it's a cigar or a sausage) from the food wagon belonging to damsel Marie Mosquini and so cop Snub goes after the culprit.
As Snub flirts with Marie the milkman encourages the lookout boy to kick Snub in the arse in order to distract him so that the milkman can accost Marie and demand rent from her. Snub responds to a poster which dares anyone to last two rounds with the milkman, who's real name is Ironhead O'Flatherty and offers to fight him. Naturally the challenge is accepted. The exhibition is set up and Ironhead makes quick work of two hopefuls before we get to the main event fight with Snub. The first round is ridiculous with Snub running around in circles but he survives. Just as round two is about to begin the damsel shows up and throws pepper into a fan which sprays into Ironhead's face. Snub takes advantage and lands several blows to his opponent, who is resorted to sneezing his way through the bout. Snub wins via knockout (with a little help from a horse) and ultimately wins the girl.

Favourite bit
When Snub tries to apprehend the milkman with his cream & milk wagon.

Copyrighted June 7, 1921.
The first boxer to challenge Noah Young in the exhibition bout has a copyright symbol on his trunks. How weird?

My opinion
Think of your average Snub Pollard film. Then lower your expectations.

Snub Pollard
The cop
Marie Mosquini
The damsel
Ernest Morrison
The lookout
Noah Young
Ironhead O'Flatherty
William Gillespie
Ring announcer
Bob O'Conor
Fight referee
Sammy Brooks
Corner man
Jack O'Brien
Flatherty gang member
Owen Evans


CREDITS (click image to enlarge) INTERTITLES (click image to enlarge)

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Jesse Brisson (identification of Owen Evans, William Gillespie, Bob O'Conor)

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