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The Rent Collector (1921)

Larry Semons is sent to collect unpaid rent in a rough neighborhood where "Babe" Hardy as the local boss won't give up easily.




Cast overview:
Larry Semon ... Larry, the Rent Collector
Norma Nichols Norma Nichols ... Leader of the Society Girl Settlement Workers
Oliver Hardy ... The Big Boss (as Babe Hardy)
Eva Thatcher ... Landlady
Frank Alexander Frank Alexander ... A thug
Pete Gordon Pete Gordon ... Barber


Larry Semons is sent to collect unpaid rent in a rough neighborhood where "Babe" Hardy as the local boss won't give up easily.

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Larry Semon Misses the coin but gets the giggles as "The Rent Collector" (Print Ad- Sunday Times, ((Sydney, NSW)) 28 August 1921) See more »


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

23 May 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Energisk Incasso See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Quite enjoyable.
5 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Rent Collector" is a comedy short from forgotten silent film star Larry Semon. While Semon was very popular in the day, today very few would recall his name...which is a shame as often his films were fun and highly acrobatic...and this one is no exception.

The story is set in a very mean town...with lots of big thugs who delight on beating up people and stealing. The biggest meanie is played by Oliver Hardy...who often played thugs in this point in his career. Into this nutty environment arrives a group of social workers. When one of them is accidentally left behind, Larry does what he often does in films...comes to the rescue of a lady and stands up to much tougher and stronger foes...defeating them using his wit and acrobatics.

Overall, a high energy and fun film...not one of Semon's best but still quite nice.

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