The Bakery (1921)

Release Date - Jun 19, 1921 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 23 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

With a huge brush mustache and wild eyebrows, Oliver Hardy is almost unrecognizable as the bakery foreman in this Larry Semon comedy (this, however, is how Hardy appeared in many of Semon's films). Semon is a clerk in the bakery, and his ineptitude constantly infuriates the foreman, not to mention the customers and the other employees. The store's owner (Frank Alexander) shows up to see how things are going, and Semon's service manages to win the approval of the owner's daughter (Norma Nichols). The owner looks over the accounts and finds there is a shortage, so he boots the foreman. Later, the disgruntled foreman teams up with another employee to rob the owner. Semon pursues the two thieves and retrieves the money, along with winning the heart of the owner's daughter. Although this comedy got the thumbs up from most critics, a couple of reviews frowned on one scene in which a monkey is shown, covered with dough and shivering -- the obviously cruel treatment of the little guy took away from the laughs.