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I got hold of a VHS Grapevine copy, and can't believe I found it not bad at all (except of course that it's a VHS Grapevine copy IYKWIM). It's often pretty funny, though how some big jokes were left untold was something of a shame. It slacked a bit during the battle sequence (the tank gag was too long among others) and some of the humor was rather gruesome, like the butcher just disappearing. Good Ralph Spence titles helped get the humor over. I get the feeling their films worked for an audience (otherwise why make seven?), but that critics didn't like them. I find not many positive reviews of any of their films in the silent-era publications I've read. I don't know that I'd go so far as to tread into Dane/Arthur territory, though. I remember some dire tales of viewings.