A Small Town Idol (1939)

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In Sleepytown, cross-eyed Sam Smith and Mary Brown are about to get married. But the scoundrel, Jim Jones, wants Mary for himself. Jim uses a publicity still that Sam sent away for against ... See full summary »


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30 June 2014 | boblipton
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There was a bit of a revival of interest in silent films in the late 1930s. Chaplin's films played well, as did Chaney's THE PHANTOM OF HE OPERA, so Warner Brothers, which had acquired the rights to them, decided to try cutting down one of Sennett's weaker features to a two-reeler, add in what they imagined was an appropriately hysterical narration and reissue it.

It didn't take and seventy-five years later, I find it more annoying than pleasing. Oh, it's good to see the relatively clean print -- there's a certain amount of chipping, but the image is a lot sharper than surviving prints of the original; however the story has been so thoroughly chopped down that the story has altered and the pacing of gags is now so rapid-fire that it doesn't work. It appears that in a dozen years, everyone had forgotten what silent movies were and how they worked.


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11 February 1939



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