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45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926)

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A young man visiting Hollywood on family business gets into trouble when he sees a bank robbery in progress, and thinks it is a movie scene.

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Cast overview:
Glenn Tryon ...
Orville
Charlotte Mineau ...
Orville's Mother
Rube Clifford ...
Orville's Grandpa
Sally O'Neil ...
Orville's Sister (as Sue O'Neil)
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Hotel Detective
Edna Murphy ...
Em, Hotel Detective's Wife
Jerry Mandy ...
Imbibing Trashman
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A California family receives a notice that they must make a payment immediately, or else be forced out of their home. The payment must be made at an office in Hollywood, and so Grandpa, his granddaughter, and his grandson Orville all go together, full of excitement at the chance to see some movie stars. Grandpa misses the train, leaving the other two to continue alone. Once in Hollywood, they pass by a bank robbery in progress, which Orville mistakes for a movie scene. He rushes into the action, and is taken by one of the holdup gang, who leaves him unconscious and dressed like a woman in the room of a hotel detective. This creates considerable difficulty and embarrassment both for Orville and for the detective. Written by Snow Leopard

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26 December 1926 (USA)  »

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Forty-five Minutes from Hollywood  »

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Although Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy both appear in this film, they do not share a scene together. See more »

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Mother: Guard the money, son - Lookout for confidence men and assistant directors.
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Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965) See more »

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bargain basement Hal Roach
2 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is definitely a "lesser known" comedy short from the 1920s. The only reason I saw it was because it was on a DVD by Kino Films featuring non-Laurel and Hardy shorts featuring Ollie. They are interesting and historically important, but also generally average to below average for the style film. Compared to shorts by Chaplin, Keaton, Arbuckle and Lloyd, they are definitely a step below them in quality and humor. Also, the accompanying music was pretty poor by the standards of other silent DVDs. I ended up turning OFF the sound due to the inappropriateness of the music to set the proper mood. But, despite this, they are still worth seeing.

Interestingly enough, the Kino DVD box said that Stan Laurel played a robber who was in drag. This character was NOT Laurel, but he was the guy in the end of the film who was sleeping when everyone suddenly barged in and began hitting each other. And, unfortunately, this is about the tone of the whole film--people hitting each other. It's a good example of slapstick with no regard whatsoever for plot. Despite the direction the film INITIALLY TAKES (about a rip to Hollywood), this is quickly forgotten and it's just mindless slapping and pratfalls. You can certainly find better shorts from this era.


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