Leading Lizzie Astray (1914)

  |  Comedy, Short


A city slicker is driving through a small town when his car has a flat. A local boy and his girlfriend walk by and the boy volunteers to fix the man's tire. While he's doing that, the city ... See full summary »


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Director:

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

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25 September 2005 | Sleepy-17
9
| Yet Another Amazing Arbuckle Eye-Opener
Yes, this is the one where Fatty throws a piano through the wall! A minor story with major mayhem involved in its conclusion, this short is a farcical version of Country Mouse, City Mouse. The second half is set in a speak-easy, which is shot using an evidentially long-forgotten vaudeville technique (maybe?) of having a dozen actors doing comic characters on the sides and behind the main action, simultaneously upstaging each other and breaking all the rules of "good cinema" (like the prizefighting scene of "The Knock-Out"). Very stage-like, but whatever its origin, the effect is astonishing to a modern viewer. I've watched about a dozen Arbuckle shorts and each one has different aspects of strangeness and hilarity. They're all good and worth seeing. This one has more violence than a dozen episodes of "The Sopranos". How can Fatty be so vicious and lovable at the same time? Fascinating stuff!

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Genres

Comedy | Short

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Release Date:

30 November 1914

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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