Series: Snub Pollard
Director: Charles Parrott
Producer: Hal Roach
Stars: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Ernest Morrison
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 25 July 1920
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: H-38
Filming dates: May 24-26, 1920
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After being ejected from an establishment for being drunk and disorderly, George Rowe, Sammy Brooks, Hughie Mack and Snub Pollard form a drunken singing quartet in the street before a car comes and takes Sammy and George away, leaving the other two staggering in the road. Snub and Hughie agree to go somewhere "where there are no wives, landlords or prohibitionists", and so three months later they emerge on a prairie with supplies dwindling.
Ernest Morrison is their servant and brings the four men the last of their food - a collection of bones. Snub breaks his teeth, but the others make do with their meager offerings. Snub becomes obsessed with clubbing a large dragonfly which has descended upon their little camp, and after chasing it into a field he stumbles upon a native woman (Marie Mosquini) and begins flirting with her. An Indian catches him and tells him to report to the Chief. There, he whacks the chief and makes a hasty exit from the Indian village on a horse. He rides back to the others who are at the wagon, and are soon joined by the angry Indians. Snub disposes of them with his rifle, and then shoots all of his friends just for good measure. He then makes his way back to the woman, who doesn't need much encouragement in accepting Snub's advances. A man jumps out from behind him and starts clubbing him over the head repeatedly before the screen disolves into a policeman hitting him and Hughie on the street. It's all been a dream.
I don't know, maybe it's just me but the thought of laying underneath a huge fat man with his arse on your head whilst you are holding a rifle is just something that isn't very appealing.
• Copyrighted August 28, 1920.
• In these films, why do people insist on giving George Rowe a firearm? That is just not a good idea!
• Fast, frantic, violent and pointless.
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Dave Glass (review copy)
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