Mixed Nuts (1925)

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This two-reel Stan Laurel comedy was apparently made up of outtakes from 1922's The Pest, and parts of a much earlier film, Nuts in May. Laurel plays a book salesman (as he does in The Pest), but his only volume for sale is a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. A brick hits him on the head, and he becomes convinced he is Napoleon. He gathers together his "troops" (actually a group of neighborhood children) and orders them to fire upon a house. The kids pelt the house with stones and the salesman is taken to a mental institution. After several escape attempts, he gets his hands on some nuts -- the edible, not the human kind. They're almost impossible to crack, and he steals a steamroller to get them open. He winds up in court once more, but finally he comes to his senses and becomes a book salesman again. This picture was rejected by its releasing company, Metro, and did not see the light of day until 1925, three years after it was made.