Call for Mr. Caveman (November9, 1919)

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Snub Pollard in Call for Mr. Caveman
 

Released on November 9, 1919: A giant cave man kidnaps beautiful Adorable from the cave clan and the man who rescues her can have her hand and a new suit of clothes.

Produced by Hal Roach

Directed by Alfred J. Goulding

The Actors: 'Snub' Pollard (hatchet face), Mildred Davis (adorable), Ernest Morrison (little Henry Hercules)

 

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Carrie Nation, Hatchet Face and Hercules

Thanks to the wit of early silent comedy authors we can watch their work two different ways . . . we can just sit back and enjoy the laughs, or we can determine that there are deep philosophical meanings to every little plot twist and try to determine what the authors are really trying to tell us. Well, I'm a bit mixed up about that on this story, so before I explain the skeleton of the plot let me inform you on one of the laugh lines that may pass you without knowing unless you are a historian. The mail man tosses a rock post card to hatchet face, one of our characters, and says to him that Carrie Nation sends her regrets . . . the pun is the connection between 'hatchet face' and Carrie Nation, the hatchet woman. Ms. Nation died 8 years before this movie in 1911, but her name and reputation was still fresh in the minds of motion picture audiences. Long before prohibition of booze went mainstream with the women of America Carrie Nation was a one-woman army fighting the evils of alcohol. She was famous for wielding a hatchet that she would swing wildly in taverns in an attempt to destroy them. Old Hatchet Face was so ugly that even Carrie Nation wouldn't swing her hatchet his way. The rest of the hidden meanings, if there are any, I will leave to your imagination. The basic plot is that two men are fighting for the hand of Adorable, but before they can settle their differences a giant cave man carries the young girl away, and her father promises her hand and a new suit of clothes to any man who can rescue Adorable from the giant cave-man. And who manages to save Adorable and vanquish the giant? Almost like the Old Testament tale, a little boy does what the big boys are afraid to do, and captures the giant and saves the adorable cave girl. Pop a little bowl of popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Adorable's father challenges the boys to rescue his daughter from the giant
Adorable's father challenges the boys to rescue his daughter from the giant
Ernest Morrison
Ernest Morrison
cave man woos cave girl
cave man woos cave girl
Mildred Davis, the giant and Ernest Morrison
Mildred Davis, the giant and Ernest Morrison
Mildred Davis with a suitor
Mildred Davis with a suitor
Mildred Davis and Ernest Morrison
Mildred Davis and Ernest Morrison
Mildred Davis
Mildred Davis
Mildred watches the boys fight over her
Mildred watches the boys fight over her
Mildred Davis
Mildred Davis
Snub Pollard
Snub Pollard
Snub Pollard, the other suitor and the giant
Snub Pollard, the other suitor and the giant
Snub Pollard writes a note
June Travis and William Bakewell
the cave man giant
the cave man giant