26 November 2008 | MartinHafer
A minor silent comedy
The film is about a quack hair salon where they are anticipating the arrival of some genius French beauty specialist. At the same time, the owner's daughter is being courted by a young man that the father hates--and so the young man disguises himself repeatedly to avoid detection. Finally, he dresses up as the French man--leading to mayhem and lots of slapstick humor (i.e., painful physical humor).
This film is entitled "This is the Life" on the Old Time Comedy Classics Volume 3 DVD. I have no idea where this title came from, though the film is clearly "Beauty à la Mud". The first portion of the film is in seriously degraded condition, though it does improve a bit during the course of the film. It stars two forgotten comics, Billy Engle and Jimmie Adams and based on this mediocre film, I can see why so little is known of them today. Now this isn't to say the film is bad--it just isn't very good as it has few real laughs.