The Barnyard (1923)

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In spite of a rousing climax, this Larry Semon comedy rehashes a lot of his old gags and is not one of his best two-reelers. Lay Zee (Semon) works on a farm and has won the heart of the farmer's daughter (Kathleen Myers). There is oil on the farmland, and some swindlers are determined to get their hands on the property, by force if necessary. Lay Zee, who knows that oil has been found on nearby farms, convinces the farmer not to sell, and the swindlers enlist the help of another farmhand (Oliver Hardy), who is jealous of Lay Zee's relationship with the girl. Although the farmer does wind up signing papers to hand over the farm, Lay Zee manages to retrieve the documents. He and the girl are able to escape their pursuers with the use of an airplane. It turns out, in the end, that the whole scenario was just a dream Semon was having.