The Show is a 1922 short comedy silent film featuring Larry Semon and Oliver Hardy. The Show more than compensates with the extravagance of its gags, and a particularly thrilling climax.
A magician’s rooster escapes and throws up in a man’s face. The chicken then goes backstage and eats nitroglycerin (because every theatre has nitroglycerin backstage) and spits up again, causing explosions.
Semon became notorious for being expensive and extravagant: his two-reel comedies could easily cost more than an average five-reel feature film. He staged cartoony sight gags, using elaborate special effects. No gag was too big for Semon.
Semon usually played a white-faced goof in derby hat and overalls who would enter any given setting and cause chaos, with people being covered with debris and property being destroyed. His short slapstick comedies were made and released quickly and prolifically, making Semon very familiar to moviegoers.
French audiences knew Larry Semon as Zigoto, Italian ones as Ridolini, and Spanish ones as Jaimito ("Jimmy") in pre-war releases and Tomasín ("Tommy") in the 1940 re-releases by Manuel Rotellar.
Larry Semon was a slapstick comedian known for his charming, white-painted face and clownish smile, mugged his way to being a very highly paid and popular actor.