An upper class drawing room. A gentleman breaks the curtain pole and goes in search of a replacement, but he stops into a pub first. He buys a very long pole, and causes havoc everywhere he... See full summary »

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An upper class drawing room. A gentleman breaks the curtain pole and goes in search of a replacement, but he stops into a pub first. He buys a very long pole, and causes havoc everywhere he passes, accumulating an ever-growing entourage chasing him, until he escapes them through a bit of movie magic, only to discover that the pole has already been replaced. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Subtle.....nah!
9 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

very badly faded stars Sennett too stupid

In the very early days of movie comedies, the humor was far from subtle. Most of the time, the plots were VERY simple and the jokes mostly relied on pratfalls and slapstick---with much of the film spent watching people hitting and kicking each other. So, when you watch these early rough comedies, I recommend you cut them some slack--as in its time, "The Curtain Pole" was a pretty good comedy.

It begins with a guy breaking a curtain pole at some sort of party. He leaves to buy a new one but now with this very long pole, he keeps hitting people by accident and causing mischief. Now the idea isn't bad, but no one--NO ONE is this clumsy and clueless--not even a politician! The humor is far from subtle and a bit over the top...but also kind of cute if you love the old comedies. Not terrible--not great when seen today.

By the way, a couple final observations. First, the print is very faded--you'll just have to bear with it. Second, this one is unusual in that it stars Mack Sennett as an actor and was directed by D.W. Griffith. Soon after this, Griffith would give control of his comedy films to Sennett and Griffith would concentrate fully on dramas.


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