Half a Man (1925)

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While this Stan Laurel film (made before he teamed up with Oliver Hardy) was not one of the most inspired comedies he made for producer Joe Rock, it still has some amusing moments. Laurel plays a Harry Langdon-like innocent, Winchell McSweeny, whose parents have fallen on hard times. Unaware of the ways of the world, and severely warned against the wiles of women by his mother, Winchell finds himself on a ship containing a bevy of beauties (including the Amazonian Blanche Payson). Winchell accidentally causes the boat to catch fire and the women find themselves cast away on an island with no men -- until Winchell shows up. Winchell finds the sudden female interest in him disconcerting until he discovers it can be used as a source of power. Unfortunately for McSweeny, some more men show up on the island and Payson ditches him over the nearest cliff. But young Winchell is in luck after all; he finds pretty Julie Leonard and the film ends on a romantic note.