A Small Town Idol (1939)

  |  Short, Comedy

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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23 May 2009 | Michael_Elliott
Decent Reworking
Small Town Idol, A (1939)

*** (out of 4)

This 1939 short is actually an edited down version of the 1921 feature of the same name. Warner took the feature version, added narration and music effects and released it as a short and the end result isn't too bad, although I must admit that I'd rather TCM played the original version. In the film, Ben Turpin plays a cross-eyed loser from a small town who gets ran out after being called a thief. He ends up in Hollywood where he becomes a star and then returns home to clear his name. This "version" of the movie has some pretty funny narration but for the life of me I couldn't get over the fact that it seemed like the silent version would be hilarious. I was laughing a lot of Turpin and we've also got James Finlayson doing some funny bits. Ramon Novarro (BEN-HUR) also has a small role here as does The Mack Sennet Beauties.


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11 February 1939



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