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Waking Up the Town (1925)

A young girl visits her grandfather, who owns an auto repair shop. She falls in love with his handsome assistant, who is also an engineer trying to talk the town banker into financing his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jack Joyce
Mrs. Joyce
Abner Hope
Mary Ellen Hope
Curt Horndyke
Ann May ...
Helen Horndyke
George Dromgold ...
Joe Lakin


A young girl visits her grandfather, who owns an auto repair shop. She falls in love with his handsome assistant, who is also an engineer trying to talk the town banker into financing his plans to harness the power of a nearby waterfall. All that may be for naught, though--her grandfather, an amateur astronomer, has discovered that the world will end because the Earth is being pulled out of its orbit and will crash into the moon. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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14 April 1925 (USA)  »

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El despertar de la ciudad  »

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A Bizarre Combination Of Sci-Fi And Romantic Comedy

It is an age of speed in Amerika ( a strange habit for that far away Country, indeed… in Europe the German aristocrats only drink tea… ) and for that reason two motor cops are after Mary Ellen; Dame Mary, fleeing from the police, is helped by Jim Joyce who runs a garage with old Abner Hope. Because the silent cinema is a small world, Herr Abner Hope is Mary's grandfather, and he had received just a few seconds ago a letter from his granddaughter telling him she was about to pay a visit to him. When finally Mary is rid of the police, it's time for her to fall in love with Jim, a youngster with a special dream: a dream of harnessing the vast power of Rainbow Falls…but unfortunately that young engineer can't get any financing to make true his engineering dream, in spite of his trying so very hard with Curt Horndyke, the town banker… but that's not all about these two special partners, because Mary's grandpa has an astronomical observatory ( an ordinary habit for a middle-western Amerikan automobile repairman… ), and thanks to this hobby and years of study, old Abner Hope predicts that the earth is being drawn out of its course and in eighteen months and three days it will collide with the moon and be destroyed! So there is no hope because of Abner Hope...

"Waking Up The Town" was directed by the prolific James Cruze and starred Jim Joyce and Norma Shearer; the most remarkable aspect about this film is the story, a bizarre combination of sci-fi ( the most interesting aspect of the film due to Abner Hope's astronomical and surprising catastrophic predictions ) and romantic comedy ( predictable and naïf ) and in spite the copy that this German Count watched is incomplete and apparently missing a section near the end, it is a routine film directed by Herr Cruze, who was not very interested in developing the great possibilities of its peculiar sci-fi story.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must check if the Earth is still turning around.

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