An interesting story could have been built around the gag of horses
riding the players in POLO. This gag at the end was devoid of plant
or build up. It seems quite superfluous. However, by building horse
and rider personality and antagonism -- combining both with tiring of
horses - by scheming or plotting in a huddle or between chukkers - it
would be quite possible to establish a gag-fertile situation. If used
with present POLO picture, it could have been an interesting "boomerang."
COCK O' THE WALK
was a "contest" picture that just missed being successful. It contained
a boomerang situation that could have been more convincing if the characters
had been developed more thoroughly. The construction of the picture
was weakened by the insertion of a musical sequence that tended to split
the story in two. This section could have been bolstered if the two
main dancers had been carried through the Warner Bros. burlesque as
a unifying influence. The Caricca dance numbers, picturing first the
Champ and then the pullet, then the hens, later pigeons, peacocks, eggs,
worms, chicks, soon had the spectator's attention on a tangent far from
the thread of the story. (Algar)
4. Actions and Pantomime vs
FLYING MOUSE was
a picture built mostly around the pantomime of the little mouse. The
basic situation of the picture was excellent. The little mouse who spent
his time watching the birds fly and his desire to fly were a rare bit
of pantomime. Kicking a stick when he was heartbroken was very well
done, without the use of a spoken line.
Flying Mouse's desire to fly is expressed to spectator by pantomime
long before he explains to the fairy queen that he "wants to fly." (Algar)
WATER BABIES - Every
idea about the babies is put over through the medium of action, music
or color - without dialogue.
MICKEY IN GIANTLAND
- Built on action and pantomime of Mickey inside the giant's mouth.
AND THE ANTS. When the ant reaches behind him and feels the Queen's
scepter, recognizes it and scrams. (Kahl)
BAND CONCERT - Donald
pulling the flutes out of his sleeve.
- Pluto and the hat. (Clemmons)
PLAYFUL PLUTO -
Pluto and the flypaper.(Clemmons)
BROKEN TOYS - Depended
too much on lyrics. (Penner)