Do Your Stuff
Series: Paul Parrott
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 04 March 1923
Type: silent short
Filming dates: December 13-21, 1922
Director: Jay A. Howe
Producer: Hal Roach
Paul: James Parrott
The girl: Jobyna Ralston
|UNAVAILABLE ON DVD
From the 4 minutes 23 seconds of footage available to me for review:
Paul is walking down the street with his girlfriend when she is snatched by an oriental-looking man in a doorway. Paul soon realises she is missing and searches for her. He comes to a house to rescue her but is confronted by several oriental men with swords. With fake walls, a stairwell which can be switched from steps to a flat slide, and can also rotate across the floor to adjoining walls, Paul evades his pursuers as they continue to chase him around the house. After overcoming two men at the door he crawls through the legs of another before hiding in a hatch in the wall. He is discovered and pulled out by a sword-wielding man who begins to duel with Paul. Paul fends off another guy who tries to attack him from behind. Paul is forced into a closet under the stairs where he finds a ridiculously sized curved sword and comes out fighting with it. He chases his attacker up the stairs and they continue to duel by swinging on the hanging lights. He eventually falls and lands in a water pool and is surrounded by the other men who then lead him to an upstairs room where his girl is being held.
Her kidnappers have her strapped to a chair and hoist her up onto a platform and tell Paul to press a button that will lower her to her doom (presumably?) But in a clever twist, Paul manages to lure the bad guys onto the platform and lower them instead.
• At least one source lists the film with a release date of March 11, 1923.
• A fragment of this film (1m 28s) was featured in the Robert Youngson compilation, "The Further Perils Of Laurel and Hardy".
What the experts say
• "Basic Paul Parrott comedy: a chaotic mess." ~ Lord Heath.
Dave Glass (footage)
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