A not-too bad short comedy that suffers from its lack of originality. Lige Conley was a film comedian who is so obscure today that only about a third of his credits appears in the Internet Movie Database. In this film he is a dead ringer for Martin Short in A SIMPLE WISH, but much better at taking the many pratfalls he performs in this movie. The director is Norman Taurog, near the beginning of his nearly fifty years of directing comedies, children's movies and light musicals.
FAST AND FURIOUS is composed of a series of gags stole from other, more famous movies. The first half takes place in a general store, where Conley makes pancakes using cement, and we watch old eggs grow legs and dance, until they hatch with a puff of smoke. The second half is Conley and a blackfaced assistant chasing crooks who have stolen the day's receipts, and is a mixture of the gags from Harold Lloyd's GIRL SHY and Buster Keaton's SHERLOCK JR., both released that year. Perhaps Mr. Conley's career would have done better had he had better gag writers, but Taurog's did not suffer.
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