Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", ... See full summary »
A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around ... See full summary »
While at an amusement park, two men try to win the heart of a young lady. They compete with each other while attempting to find her runaway dog, and they race to ask her mother's permission to take her up in a hot air balloon.
To be honest with you, I had never heard of the silent actor Max Linder until I picked up his DVD compilation from the library the other day. On it contains many shorts along with this, his feature from 1921, to the audiences of today, to which I say Thank You Very Much! Because this film is just WAITING to be discovered! Max plays a ridiculously rich guy, who is about to get married, and how a single day's sequence of events could seriously jeopardize his engagement. I was surprised to learn that this is the first movie that uses the "mirror" gag that we've seen countless times (most notably by the Marx Bros). Linder does this gag so astonishingly well, all other attempts in any other comedy (including animated!) pales in comparison. There are many other witty gags on display here, some fun with animals, some VERY clever disguise work (with some rather funny, but never offensive black person disguise) and some very amazing stunt work. And here's another reason why you should see this. With most silent movies nowadays, I don't find much particularly funny anymore. But with this, I was laughing out loud at least 3 times during the movie. And when I notice myself laughing, then it must mean something!
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