Rupert of Hee-Haw (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof  |   Run Time - 23 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although this Stan Laurel two-reeler -- a parody of 1923's Rupert of Hentzau -- was handsomely produced, the jokes were slapstick at their crudest. There's a lot of kicking rear ends and slipping on banana peels. The King (Laurel) is constantly drunk, much to the disgust of the princess (Ena Gregory), who decides to have him overthrown. Traveling salesman Rudolph Razz (also Laurel) shows up at the palace and turns out to be the exact double of The King. It's an easy enough task to get the King away from the palace and put Razz in his place. Unfortunately the traveling salesman has no idea of court protocol and one of the irked men (the always-irked James Finlayson) challenges Razz to a sword fight. The battle is interrupted when the real King shows up, and he defeats his double and returns to his throne. Laurel's common-law wife, Mae Laurel, plays the Queen, and Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison -- one of the best child actors of the silent era -- has a small part, as do a couple other members of the Our Gang team.

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king, drunk, lookalike, replacement, throne