White Wings (1923)

Run Time - 11 min.  |  
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This one-reel comedy was one of Stan Laurel's early films for the Hal Roach studios (it would be nearly four years before Laurel teamed up with fellow Hal Roach actor Oliver Hardy). Laurel plays a street sweeper who finds himself in deep trouble when he neglectfully grabs a baby stroller instead of his cart. A cop (Marvin Loback) mistakes him for a kidnapper and gives chase. After running himself ragged all over town, the street sweeper finally manages to escape the cop and hides by taking the place of a traveling dentist. He performs a number of successful extractions by knocking the patients out with a hammer at the beginning of the operation (two of his victims happen to be James Finlayson and Mark Jones). But then the cop shows up with a toothache and finds him. It's the street sweeper who gets the hammer this time around, and he's carted off unconscious.