Today is the anniversary of the release date of the early Harold Lloyd comedy Peculiar Patients’ Pranks (1915), directed by Hal Roach. The second oldest surviving Lonesome Luke short, Peculiar Patients Pranks is a hospital comedy offering such crudities as a doctor wielding a wood saw, a man suffering from a Flintstonesque animated head lump, and the comic misuse of chloroform. It also features Snub Pollard and Bebe Daniels.
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