A Sammy in Siberia (1919)

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An American, separated from his troop, protects a helpless Russian girl from marauding Bolsheviks.


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Hal Roach

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7 June 2015 | bkoganbing
| A most unorthodox way
The American intervention in the newly formed Soviet Union is a topic little discussed today. I'll bet that 99 people today out of 100 don't even know that in the waning hours of World War I Woodrow Wilson ordered a limited intervention there. A bunch of powers chiefly the USA, the UK and Japan intervened in the Russian Revolution hoping to counteract what Winston Churchill called the 'tubercular bacillus'of Bolshevism. Of course it didn't work, but in 1919 we had troops there and it provided the setting for this short Harold Lloyd comedy Sammy In Siberia.

Lloyd is his usual shy everyman self who happens to be around when the Bolsheviks come calling on a farm house and luckily Bebe Daniels was not violated by them.

In rescue situations you take what you can get and things don't look promising when she finds Lloyd up a tree chased by her Siberian husky dog. Still Lloyd comes through in a most unorthodox way.

As for the title American soldiers in that era were called doughboys. But also they were called Sammys in deference to Uncle Sam.

Fans of Harold Lloyd will like this.

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6 April 1919


None, English

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