The Roman setting provides ample opportunity for a very high concentration of gag titles, many of which are quite witty and many of which are quaint for deriving their humor from the juxtaposition of having ancient Romans use a lot of hip 1918-era slang. The whole thing is an excuse for a good send-up of how the Roman Empire has been depicted in “serious” plays, movies, &c.
He is the utterly inept janitor in an office building, where an inventor is busy cutting a deal for a new sort of — well, it looks like it might be a racing car, but it might be a zeppelin. But when Larry is not wielding a broom and forcing everyone into either ducking or taking a pratfall, or dunking an ice cube into the water cooler like an over-sized tea bag, he is fouling […]
The plot of this film really isn’t that important. Instead, the sight gags and chase scenes are paramount–with some of the most impressive chase footage you’ll ever see. All the near-misses with the speeding train were amazing and the scene where the car gets smashed by the truck are absolutely priceless.
Larry Semon produces his take on a typical Keystone farce, the flirting-in-the-park routine, where pretty Florence Curtis is pursued by four typical Keystone types: the wealthy geezer, the moustachioed Italian, the derby-wearing tough and, of course, the big-footed cop… and here comes Larry, if not to save the day, at least to make us laugh.
A young man is part of a traveling medicine show owned by an elderly “professor” and his beautiful daughter. His job is to keep the audience entertained with his ventriloquist’s act (which includes a monkey) while the professor hawks his patent medicines. One day the show’s receipts are stolen by a gang of thieves, and in order to impress the professor’s daughter, the young sets out to catch the crooks and retrieve the money.
Larry’s absurdly plush life of ease as a convict comes to an end when his sentence is up. Tossed out, he tries several ways, including a stickup to get back in the comfortable jail. Exchanging clothes with a lookalike escaped prisoner, he goes back, only to find he’s to be hung. Now desperate to leave again, he joins other cons in a jailbreak.
Not rated yet!Golf Golf 19220 h 25 min Click an icon to see more Overview Metadata Director Larry Semon, Tom Buckingham Runtime 0 h 25 min Release Date 3 September 1922 Details Movie Media — Movie Language — Movie Subtitles — Movie Format — Movie Status — Movie Rating — Images No images were imported for […]
Avery DuPoise is a wealthy business man, organising a race. He meets one the competitors of the race, who is in love with DuPoises daughter. Another competitor crashes into the action, who is also in love DuPoises daughter. DuPoise suggests that who ever wins the race will have the opportunity to visit his daughter every Wednesday night. An action packed races commences, with one competitor doing more than usual to win the race.
Larry arrives at his girlfriend’s house to ask her father for her hand in marriage. Her father, who is in the middle of winning a chess game for the first time in 20 years, immediately throws Larry out the window. Meanwhile, the girl is kidnapped by a Chinese servant, who is secretly the henchman of a gangster who has developed a sleeping potion he wants to try out on an unsuspecting woman. Larry finds out, […]
The storm, which takes up most of the second reel, is a trial run for the storm sequence in The Wizard Of Oz which Semon would make in 1925. Fox released a comedy that was an exact copy of Lightning Love just before the Semon film was due to come out. Albert E. Smith noticed the similarities and on September 5, 1923 attempted to have the Fox film pulled from the exhibitors.
A government official staying in a hotel puts some important secret papers in the hotel safe. A ring of spies out to get the papers manages to steal them from the safe, and a lady government agent enlists the help of the hotel’s bumbling bellhop in getting back the papers and breaking up the spy ring.
Here we have ‘The Gown Shop’, very much in Semon’s usual style but with fewer laughs than usual. Semon plays his default character, a grotesque hard-working incompetent. (I’m going to be using the word ‘grotesque’ a lot in this particular review.) This time round, he blunders into a boutique. After causing some damage he can’t pay for, Larry is put to work as a general dogsbody. Mayhem ensues.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ‘counter jumper’ was the term used in both Britain and the U.S.A. to describe the lowest dogsbody clerk in a general store or emporium. Here, Semon is employed in that capacity in an Old West general store that caters for desperate characters. As usual for Semon, most of the gag set-ups are deeply contrived and implausible. We get here not one but two separate sequences in which […]
This film represents one of Larry Semon’s pro-war films. He is a clumsy guy working in a restaurant and oddly, everyone who works in the place as well as many of the customers are Kaiser-loving spies. Why they would be headquartered in a restaurant in California, I have no idea! Regardless, their aim is to steal some plans from some old guy and his daughter. When Semon finds out, he comes to the rescue.
A boxer offers $50 to anyone who can stay in the ring with him for an entire minute. Larry, through a series of mix-ups–including hitting the boxer in the face with a tomato–winds up in the ring with him but, with the aid of some strategically placed horseshoes, manages to knock the boxer out. When he comes to and finds out what happened, the outraged boxer sets out after Larry.
Toymaker tells a bizarre story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd, but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel. Dorothy learns from Aunt Em that fat, cruel Uncle Henry is not her uncle, and gives her a note due on her eighteenth birthday, which reveals she is actually Princess Dorothea of Oz, and is supposed to marry Prince Kynd. She, Uncle Henry , and two farmhands are swept to Oz […]