Postage Due (1924)

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In the days before he teamed up with Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel often did his best film work in burlesques of popular feature films. Many of his standard, situation-type comedies paled in comparison, and this particular picture is definitely one of Laurel's lesser efforts. Laurel plays a dimwitted young man who wants to be photographed as Venus for a postcard. He finds a photographer (cross-eyed George Rowe) to do the job, and then drops off the resulting postcard at the office. The only problem is that he has forgotten to put a stamp on it and he panics when he overhears the postal inspector (James Finlayson) inform another customer of the penalty for sending mail without postage. Stan creates havoc in the post office as he searches for his postcard, with the postal inspector following closely behind him. A couple of mail thieves get involved in the situation before they, and Stan, are rounded up.