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Description: A surreal comedy depicting a diverse cast of characters and the changes they undergo as the German tourist Jasmin interacts with every of them at a remote truck stop in the middle of the Mojave desert.
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Description: Spanky and the gang explore a demonstration of a "human-like" robot called Volto and are inspired to make a robot themselves to do their chores for them. Slicker Walburn convinces them they will need "invisible rays" to bring it to life which he just happens to have to sell to them. As they rush off to receive their money, Slicker gets Boxcar Smith to wear the robot's outer body so when he "brings" the robot to life, it will be Boxcar bringing it to life. The gang unsuspectedly gets their robot to mow the lawn at Froggy's house, but with a signal from Slicker, Boxcar runs amok and mows down everything in his path. Froggy gets to explain what happened to his parents who bust up the fraud and receive the miscreants to work with the gang to clean up the mess.
Description: Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in another people’s affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite boys and girls who are utterly wrong for every other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr. Knightly.
Description: Witty, romantic look at life in the corporate jungle. Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a special approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her apartment and even her wardrobe. She creates a deal with a handsome investment banker that will either take her to the top, or finish her off for good.
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Description: Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one boy can save the Earth, football user Flesh Gordon. Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardor and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, they set off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them!
Description: Young adventurer Gipo owns one fifth of a rock illustrating the zone of a rich gold mine. Risking his life more than once and with the support of the pretty hooker, Lulu Belle, our character sets out to recover the missing pieces.
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Description: Blondie and Dagwood are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary but this satisfied opportunity is marred when the bumbling Dagwood gets himself involved in a scheme that is promising financial crash for the Bumstead family. Camping on the porch of the Terrible House would become the most-used prevalent plot line in the 27 series-films that followed. It was also an trouble in the comic-strip for about a year after its inception when it was basically a continuity strip but, aside from Dagwood's inability to coax a pay-raise from Mr. Dithers over the years, the financial status of the family was seldom an trouble when the format switched to a gag-a-day strip.
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Description: Columbia's Blondie series continued its winning streak with its fourth entry, Blondie Brings Up Baby. So much happens within the film's 72 mins that it's greatest to boil things down to the central storyline. Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms), the six-year-old son of Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead (Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake) disappears from sight during his first day at school. While Dagwood frantically combs the town in find of the boy, Baby Dumpling spents a nice, secure afternoon with terrible tiny rich woman Melinda Mason (Peggy Ann Garner), who with her fresh playmate's support arises from her sickbed to walk across the room for the first time in months.
Description: Several of the famous Blondie movies strayed as far off the tried-and-true Blondie formula as "Blondie Has Servant Trouble" (#6 in the series). Things receive under method when Blondie Bumstead (Penny Singleton) demands that her husband Dagwood (Arthur Lake) request a raise from his boss Mr. Dithers (Jonathan Hale), so that Blondie can afford to hire a maid. But Dithers has no time for any salary disputes: his construction firm is currently stuck with an unsaleable old mansion, which is rumored to be haunted. To disprove this theory, Dithers asks the Bumstead family to spend a night in the crumbling old house, throwing a retinue of servants into the bargain. Homicidal maniacs? The Bumsteads in mortal danger? But even a done 1000 times 'Haunted House-Homicidal Maniac' story somehow works here.. Because in the end, no matter what, there's everytime Penny Singleton as "Blondie".
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Of all the users who made names for themselves in silent comedy, Billy West is surely the most frustrating from posterity's mission of view. The guy was obviously talented, yet he squandered the occasion to achieve top stardom. It's difficult to tell whether he lacked faith in his own abilities or in audiences to agree him for himself, but, for whatever reason, he spent years-- too many years --imitating Charlie Chaplin, submerging his own talent under a blatant impersonation of the most popular comedian of the era. Billy West dressed, acted and danced like Charlie, and for a while he even curled his hair so that it would more closely resemble that of his model. The imitation didn't end there, however: some of the gags in his movies were taken directly from Chaplin's comedies. West was known as the greatest of the Chaplin impersonators and was certainly adept at mimicry, but even when his movies are funny it's difficult to respect a performer who makes no effort to establish an identity of his own.In The Villain, Billy attempted something a tiny different. He's still imitating Chaplin, but this time he's testing the wicked, top-hatted Charlie found in some of his earliest Keystone appearances (e.g. Mabel at the Wheel), the ones where Charlie himself seemed to be imitating the studio's recently departed Ford Sterling. Throughout this short there is much spoofing of old-time melodramas, a frequent motif of Sterling's comedies. So, on this opportunity we receive to watch Billy West imitating Ford Sterling as imitated by Charlie Chaplin. Under the circumstances the final product is surprisingly enjoyable, but this is mostly due to the antics of the leading lady, who is played by a boy imitating a woman. More about him in a moment.The plot is a loose reworking of the primary case found in Mack Sennett's 1914 box office smash Tillie's Punctured Romance, the first feature-length slapstick comedy. The true star of that movie was Marie Dressler, unforgettable as a wildly hyperactive farm woman who is cruelly victimized by a heartless town slicker --played by Chaplin, of course, in one of his atypical turns as the terrible guy. In this abridged ver of the tale our villain is introduced much like Chaplin was in Sennett's feature: out in the countryside we see a slickly-dressed dude smoking a cigar and taking in the scenery, and when he spies a rather portly country lass he responds with excitement. But instead of Chaplin our frock-coated villain is Billy West, and instead of Marie Dressler our leading lady is-- receive this --Oliver Hardy in drag! Young Babe Hardy played opposite West in a number of comedies made around this time, usually as the "heavy," but here he plays a woman, not a boy in disguise. And he's amazingly convincing! He's the true star of the show, overshadowing the lead comic with a high energy performance.As with 'Tillie,' the storyline concerns a rotter who tries to elope with a naive country woman in order to receive her father's money. There are variations from the source material, however: in The Villain the girl's father isn't a farmer but a doctor, finished with hacksaw hanging from the wall of his office; and in this movie the couple create repeated attempts to elope but never now reach the city. So the humor is mostly of the rural variety, as when Nell (that's Mr. Hardy) flounces about the General Shop in her calico dress gaily ordering kitchen supplies, or when she and Billy test to go rowing but her weight sinks their boat. For me, the funniest bits are the deliberate satires of old-time scene melodrama, i.e. those conventions that were already considered dated in 1917. I love the moment when Nell, actually dressed like Red Riding Hood, is about to elope with Billy but first turns back to her house, strikes a tragic pose, and exclaims "Father!" Later, when Nell's dad is foolish enough to intervene, Billy and his henchmen abduct him and now tie him to a log in a lumber mill and roll it towards a band-saw. Soon still, in the comic highlight, Billy is imprisoned in a flimsy cardboard jail that looks like something the Our Gang children built in somebody's garage, but he's rescued, sort of, when his henchmen rip the whole jail off its foundations and "steal" it. And so it goes!The Villain is fast-paced, lightweight, and agreeably silly. Laurel & Hardy fanatics will wish to catch Ollie in this early and highly unusual characterization. As for the villain of the piece: in soon years Billy West dropped the pseudo Chaplin disguise and tried to develop a more original comic persona, but unfortunately never caught on as a comedian in his own right. Although The Villain is -- once again -- derivative of Chaplin, it's nonetheless something of a novelty, and gives a tip of what West might have accomplished if he'd tried harder to break away from blatant imitation.
Billy West, a Chaplin imitator in these early Lord Bee films, takes on Charlie's role of the villain (see "Making A Living" or "Mabel at the Wheel") while Hardy plays the plump ingenue (remarkably well - in the tradition of Fatty Arbuckle at Sennett). West is quite nice in his Chaplin roles in my opinion, and this is one of Hardy's greatest performances in his early career - more subdued for the most part than his over the top villains of this period.
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