Home Talent (1921)

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Two vaudeville teams (Ben Turpin and James Finlayson, and Kalla Pasha and Eddie Gribbon) are stranded at a boardinghouse. Because he would like to eventually get the rent due him, the proprietor (Charlie Murray) backs them in a theatrical venture, even lending them his daughter (Phyllis Haver) to play the feminine lead. As the group rehearses the play -- about a Roman slave market -- each scene taking place in ancient Rome is visualized on a grand scale. This Mack Sennett feature had even less plot than many his two-reelers, and nowhere as many laughs. Considering the cast, consisting of the cream of Sennett's crew, circa 1921, the lack of humor is surprising. But when trade paper Wid's stated, "even Ben Turpin fails to make you laugh," it was obvious that this picture was is trouble!