Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Andy Clyde
HOT PAPRIKA (1935 Columbia short). Director: Preston Black (Jack White).

"I believe in telling my patients the truth even if it kills them."

In this Columbia two-reeler Andy Clyde (Andy Clyde) has had the hiccups for several days, so his doctor decides to get rid of them by giving him a scare: he tells him he only has three months to live. Andy kisses a gal at the bank where he works, pulls off the boss's toupee, and takes a world cruise, somehow winding up on the island Republic of Paprika. There he becomes embroiled in the conflict between soldiers and revolutionaries. There are a couple of amusing bits, but for the most part this is more energetic  than hysterical, and while the now-forgotten Andy Clyde has an ingratiating personality, in this, at least, he isn't that funny. Clyde did a great many of these shorts, and later wound up on such TV shows as The Real McCoys and Lassie in the sixties, remaining quite professionally active throughout his lifetime. This runs approximately seventeen minutes but seems much longer.

Verdict: One revolution you want to get out of. *1/2.

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