Sold at Auction (1923)

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Before he became a star for Hal Roach, Charley Chase was one of the studio's most important directors under his real name, Charles Parrott. He directed quite a few of Harry "Snub" Pollard's films. While Pollard never had enough charisma to really be a comedy star in his own right (his best performances were as support to Harold Lloyd), this two-reeler is particularly rich in gags. A baby is abandoned on a doorstep. Twenty-five years later (says the title card), Snub finally emerges from his bassinet. He becomes an auctioneer's assistant and his task is to prove the value of the items to be auctioned off (for example, crashing through a window to inspire bids on a medicine cabinet). When a load of weapons are brought in to the auctioneer, Snub decides it's time to go into business himself. He accidentally auctions off everything in a house belonging to a policeman (James Finlayson). The infuriated cop demands that Snub retrieve all his things. After a lot of trouble, he gets it all back, but then the policeman receives a telegram informing him that he has gone bankrupt. He turns around and asks Snub to auction off his possessions.