Pie-Eyed (1925)

Run Time - 20 min.  |  
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For the whole two reels of this comedy, Stan Laurel plays a drunk, and, while some have compared this film to Charles Chaplin's One A.M., in reality it's nowhere near as funny. Stan's drunkenness completely disrupts the goings-on at a nightclub, and finally the club's owner (Glen Cavender) throws him out. A cop finds the helpless, inebriated Stan and escorts him home -- except that he's taken the address from a card in Stan's pocket, and it's the business card of the nightclub owner. When the nightclub owner comes home and finds Stan in his bed, all hell breaks loose, but Stan manages to escape both his antagonist and the cops. Although this is not one of Laurel's best comedies as a solo artist, it does have its moments -- one of the funniest happens almost completely out of camera frame. The nightclub owner, fed up with Stan, makes him stand up. The two men can only be seen from the chest down, with the nightclub owner's arm swinging. When Stan sits down again, he has a black eye.