Billy Blazes, Esq.

Billy Blazes, Esq. is a 1919 American short comedy film featuring Harold Lloyd. The film was a parody of Westerns of the time. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the British Film Institute.[1]

Billy Blazes, Esq.
Directed byHal Roach
Produced byHal Roach
Written byH.M. Walker
StarringHarold Lloyd
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • July 6, 1919 (1919-07-06)
Running time
13 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles



In the misnamed western hamlet of Peaceful Vale, where gun play is commonplace, there has not been a murder in 20 minutes. The father and daughter co-proprietors of a local saloon are harassed by the leader of a violent mob who attempts to run the father out of the country while holding his pretty daughter, Nell, hostage. Heroic Billy Blazes arrives in time to free the father, rescue Nell, and escape with her to safety. The film's final scene, set "three years later", shows Nell and Billy as the parents of a large and happy family, whose children are clearly more than three years old.

Although the film is only 13 minutes long, the title character does not appear until five minutes into film.

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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Billy Blazes, Esq". Silent Era. Retrieved August 14, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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