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Keep Smiling (1928)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | April 1928 (USA)
This Weiss Bros. production starring veteran silent comic Jimmy Aubrey opens with the warning. "Man is clay (a woman's touch and he becomes all wet) and his name is mud." When jobless ... See full summary »
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Jimmy Aubrey ... Oscar Hatch (as Jimmie Aubrey)
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Al Thompson Al Thompson ... Hardboiled Haggerty
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This Weiss Bros. production starring veteran silent comic Jimmy Aubrey opens with the warning. "Man is clay (a woman's touch and he becomes all wet) and his name is mud." When jobless Jimmy's landlady seizes his clothes for lack of rent payment, he improvises a sailor suit and finds himself vying with a real gob for the love of a girl he's already accidentally brained with his alarm clock. Fleeing the irate seaman, he finds himself winds up stuck at a lunch counter with no money and one very punchy proprietor. Needless to say, things will get messy. Hint: there's pie on the menu. - Dennis Harvey

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Short | Comedy

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

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April 1928 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Not a film likely to turn anyone into an Aubrey-phile!
6 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film from the Weiss Brothers stars Jimmie Aubrey--a small-time film comic who has pretty much been forgotten today. And, based on what I just saw, he can stay forgotten. Now it isn't that it's a bad film....but it certainly wasn't a very good one either.

When the story begins, Jimmie learns that his landlady has taken all his clothes because he didn't pay the rent. After making up a homemade outfit (complete with a stolen hat), he leaves in search of food and makes his way to a lunch counter. But with no money, he's bound to get in trouble. But it gets worse...the idiot owner takes a liking to Jimmie and leaves him to run the place...with disastrous results.

This film is unusual in that is DOES have a pie fight and despite the stereotype, very few silent movies ever featured one of these. But that's not enough to take a mediocre script and a less than lovable comic and make it memorable.


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