Forgotten Funnymen, Vol. 2 [DVD]

Get ready to laugh with this collection of classic comedy shorts featuring prolific silent-era star Al St. John.
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Bridge Wives
Stupid, But Brave
The Waiters' Ball
This two-reel comedy was one of the last Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle made for Mack Sennett's Keystone Pictures. The beginning sounds a bit like The Butcher Boy, Arbuckle's first film as an independent, which he made the next year. A pretty cashier in a restaurant (Corinne Parquet) has two rival suitors: the cook (Arbuckle) and a waiter (Al St. John). The pair's slapstick attempts to romance the girl leave the manager, restaurant patrons, and other employees all the worse for wear. All the workers at the restaurant are looking forward to the Waiters' Ball, a fancy, full-dress affair. Unfortunately for the waiter, who would like to escort the girl, he has no dress suit. The cook has sent his to the cleaners, and through a bit of trickery, the waiter manages to steal it -- never mind that it's several dozen sizes too large. But the cook shows up anyway -- attired in a dress he has stolen from the hefty dishwasher (fine veteran comedienne Kate Price). When the cook finds the waiter in his dress suit, trouble ensues. More trouble ensues when the dishwasher catches the "belle of the ball" wearing her dress! ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Fatty and Mabel's Simple Life
Mabel Normand is the daughter of a farmer; Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is a farmhand. They play innocently together amidst the cows and other animals in an idyllic pastoral scene (which was shot, incidentally, in the picturesque and unpopulated hills due east of a small town called Hollywood. Today those hills are completely covered by the lower-middle-class homes of Echo Park and Silverlake). Mabel's father owes a squire a lot of money, but the squire will forgive the debt if Mabel marries his son (Al St. John). Mabel wants to marry funster Fatty. As generally happens in Keystone comedies, a chase ensues -- this one includes an unmanned car which has a mind of its own. Love, however, prevails in the face of adversity...and in the face of runaway cars, cops and a very inconveniently placed well. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

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