Monday, September 9, 2013

An Eastern Westerner (1920)

Director: Hal Roach

Writer: Frank Terry

Composer: Robert Israel

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, James T. Kelley, Sammy Brooks, Mark Jones, Wallace Howe, Belle Mitchell, Charles Stevenson, Ben Corbett

More info: IMDb

Plot: A young man in New York has exasperated his father because of his constant carousing and irresponsibility, so his father sends him to his uncle's ranch in the west. The young man arrives in the town of Piute Pass, which is being terrorized by Tiger Lip Tompkins and his gang, the Masked Angels. The Easterner befriends a young woman whose father is being held captive by Tompkins, and he decides to help her.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? YES!!!

I laughed my ass off.  The 'shimmie' bit was great but it was the poker scene about 14 minutes in that stole the show.  Lloyd besting the gambler by rolling multiple cigarettes at once had me in stitches.  This is some really funny shit.  It's hard to believe that it's almost 100 years old.  Since I busted open the Laurel & Hardy box set the other day I cracked open the first set of Harold Lloyd and I'm enjoying the hell out of it.  L&H are fun but Lloyd's stuff is howlingly funny.

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