The Kid Brother

The Kid Brother ★★★

100-word review: The youngest son of sheriff Hickory, not as strong as his older brothers, must prove himself using his wits instead. The Kid Brother is a romantic slapstick comedy with western twang. The jokes in the first two-thirds aren’t the funniest silent slapsticks have come up with, but they do have heart. It’s perfectly adorable, albeit recycling its tricks. Ted Wilde saves best for last though with an ever-evolving gags (and thrills) sequence eventuating on a pirate ship no less, even involving a trained monkey in sailor outfit (sad, I know, but damn if it isn’t funny and cute).

Part of the March 2021 March To the West challenge; 2nd out of 10 films.

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