The Egg (1922)

Run Time - 22 min.  |  
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This two-reel slapstick comedy was one of a half-dozen produced in 1922 and 1923 by Gilbert M. "Bronco Billy" Anderson that starred Stan Laurel (the shorts were released by Metro). A number of its jokes were repeated a year later, in The Noon Whistle, when Laurel moved over to the Hal Roach studios. Overall, the gags were rather old, even for 1922, and while it's a decent enough comic short, Stan doesn't get much of an opportunity to reveal the talents that would make him stand out later on when he partnered with comic actor Oliver Hardy. Here, Laurel's character is called Humpty Dumpty, better known as the Egg. He works at the Rex Lumber Company and through sheer accident winds up holding a letter that contains a plot to stick the company president (Alfred Hollingsworth) with bribery charges. the Egg, however, is more concerned with escaping the wrath of the foreman (Tom Kennedy). While hiding from the foreman, the Egg overhears Gerald Stone (Colin Kenny) blackmailing the president. Finally, he remembers the letter and foils the plot, which wins the admiration of the president's daughter (Drin Moro).