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Charley invents a machine that turns ordinary, breakable eggs into rubbery, unbreakable ones for transport. He builds a Rube Goldberg contraption of parts stolen from his neighbors. Rival egg companies want his invention, one of them stooping to sabotage to get it. Charley falls in love with the daughter of the president of one of the companies. When the Egg Export Company comes to inspect the machine, Charley has to find eggs for it. He puts a basket of eggs on top of the engine of his Model T Ford. When he opens it, the eggs have hatched into little Model Ts. Eventually, Charley proves the value of his invention to his beloved's father and wins her hand. Written by Miles Fowler <mnfowler@hotmail.com>

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Pretty Good Comedy, & One Particularly Wonderful Sequence
18 February 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

You can always expect Charley Bowers's comedies to feature some inventive and often spectacular visual effects, and this is not an exception. It's good comedy overall, and there is one wonderful sequence that almost upstages the rest of the movie.

Most of the first part of the movie is the more conventional kind of slapstick, but most of it works well enough, and it sets up the sequences featuring Charley's efforts to build and demonstrate his latest invention. The gadget and, especially, some of the camera tricks, are worth the wait.

The highlight is the "hatching" gag, and it is a real delight - elaborately planned and filmed, detailed, amusing, and even cute. What makes it even better is that it is set up so that it runs just counter to your expectations for the sequence. Bowers also gets a lot of mileage out of the scene, and almost any movie would be worth seeing for that one sequence alone.

It's very fortunate that some of Bowers' features have finally become available, and this is one that is certainly well worth seeing.


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