Had Larry Semon lived, would he have become Ben
Blue? Something about the latter's farm duds reminded me of Larry, whose work
wasChaplinesque beside much of Ben's. How bad is Blue? That gets into personal
taste, naturally, but many accuse him of wrecking Hal Roach's Taxi Boys fleet,
those done around a same time as this so-called Big V (as in Vitaphone) comedy.
Hayseed Ben is dumber here than a wheelbarrow of rocks. I expected (no, hoped
for) one of the cows to speak up and put him wise. It's for Shemp Howard to
locate islands of humor. The Brooklyn-built rural set looks like one forRoscoe Arbuckle'sBuzzin' Around, also a Big V, which at least got outdoors for
part of action, unlike Here Comes Flossie!, a locked-in test of viewer
patience. A best means of watching Ben Blue is to ponder, What Was He
Thinking?, this after surrender to laughless two-reels (again, a matter of
preference --- am I too severe?). Here Comes Flossie! is part of Warner
Archive's jewel box of a comedy volume that also includes Arbuckle's Vitaphone
shorts, a must-have for clown gatherers filling in gaps.