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  • Upon viewing this, included with the Fox Video O. Henry's Full House release, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted. It is genuinely funny and entertaining even though it was lacking a music track which if scored well would soar this little short into a real gem. It was good to see Richard Walling whose acting was just right without being over pushed. I enjoyed him in WALKING BACK. The girls were all cute and a lot of fun. The little twist at the end is a riot. A great short almost hidden on a great DVD release. This one should be properly scored along with MAN ABOUT TOWN also included on the DVD. Fox should look into whatever O.Henry based shorts that they made and see what survives and put out a set.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This short was taken from a story by O. Henry and was included as a special feature on the disc for "O. Henry's Full House". Unlike the full-length film, this is a short and it's silent.

    When the girls on campus learn that Tom Drake is so super-shy that he never kissed a girl, they begin betting which one will kiss him first. So the girls line up to try to get their lips on him. However, in this and subsequent scenes, crazy stuff keeps happening to prevent him from getting that kiss.

    The film is full of a lot of slapstick types of moments and some of the humor is a bit broad--but also quite funny. I could tell you what happens, but it's best you just see the fun for yourself.

    This is a surprisingly good print for a movie over 80 years old. The only negative is that it has no musical track. But considering how funny and sweet it is, this can be forgiven.
  • Richard Walling is a senior at his college, and has never kissed a girl. Nowadays we'd conclude the reasons, but this was the 1920s, and the sort of college where everything is learned except from professors, so all the co-eds try to get him to kiss them. There's a long sequence where he's stuck in the girl's locker room.

    It's a very well executed and funny short subject, once you accept its premises. My sources indicate it's the 13th of Fox's "O. Henry" shorts. The company's short comedy division was a source of expensive and funny movies, most of which are now lost. Given the resources of the company, not only the performers under contract, but access to props, sets, and no middle man in the distribution chain, they could afford luxury, and series producer (and director of this short) George Marshall took advantage of it.