The Tryout (1916)

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This Pokes and Jabbs comedy spoofs motion-picture production (circa 1916). In need of some ready cash, Pokes (Walter Stull) decides to become an extra. He tries out for director Jabbs (Bobby Burns), but can't seem to take direction to save his life. The exasperated Jabbs gives Pokes just one more chance, and he shows up in the scene as ordered, but instead of going through with the action, he goes crazy and runs amok all throughout the movie studio. There are several other movies being filmed and Pokes manages to upset the shooting of each one before Jabbs is able to gather up the crew to capture him. This one-reel short was easy enough to shoot, since the Jacksonville, FL-based Vim was a very active studio. An actor on one of the sets that was "disrupted" by Pokes is Oliver Hardy, a little more than a decade away from teaming up with Stan Laurel.