Near Dublin (1924)

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In spite of its obvious production values, this Stan Laurel comedy (made before he teamed up with Oliver Hardy) is not one of his best. Con (Laurel) is the mailman for a little Irish village. Since he has a bad habit of reading everyone's letters, he discovers that the father (Dick Gilbert) of his girlfriend (Ena Gregory) is in dire financial straits. The father owes rent to the brick merchant (James Finlayson), who is willing to forgive the debt if he can marry the daughter. To save his sweetheart, Con pays the rent himself. Con is arrested after a brick fight, but he busts out of jail when he sees the brick merchant attacking his girl. The two men come to blows and Con pretends to die. The brick merchant is arrested for Con's murder, but Con is discovered hiding in the loft. He and his sweetheart escape from the brick merchant and the sheriff (George Rowe) -- actually, they go skipping off hand-in-hand into the distance, as do the brick merchant and sheriff!