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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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Glenn Tryon ...
Orville
Charlotte Mineau ...
Orville's Mother
Rube Clifford ...
Orville's Father
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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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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This comedy is remembered for one reason, and it isn't Glenn Tryon
18 September 2006 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

He's almost completely forgotten today, but for a couple of years in the mid-1920s Glenn Tryon was one of several comedians Hal Roach signed up and tried to boost to stardom, following the departure of Harold Lloyd from his studio in 1923. Roach's would-be stars of the period included Clyde Cook, Snub Pollard, Jimmy Finlayson, Tyler Brooke, Will Rogers and Stan Laurel. Rogers wouldn't fully achieve movie stardom until talkies came along, while Laurel, of course, wasn't a major star until he teamed with Oliver Hardy in 1927. Meanwhile, however, there was Glenn Tryon. I've watched three of the guy's comedies and frankly I can see why he didn't exactly set the world on fire. He was handsome in a fey sort of way, resembling Bob Cummings with a hint of Billy Haines. In later years Tryon was a writer and director, and I don't know if he contributed any ideas to the comedies he made at the Roach Studio, but his material is distinctly weaker than the average Roach product from the same period, more like imitation Mack Sennett than the comparatively subtle, situation-based comedy we expect from this studio. In two of the Tryon shorts I've seen, "Along Came Auntie" and this one, the opening scenes are promising but comic invention soon flags, at which point the plot is thrown out the window and the actors just chase each other around and indulge in tiresome fist-fights. Tryon seemed to have a penchant for dressing up in ladies' clothing but wasn't especially funny when he did so, and his comedies also featured risqué situations that could get pretty vulgar.

"45 Minutes from Hollywood" is better remembered than Tryon's other efforts not because it's good (it isn't) but because of the supporting cast. The opening sequence introduces our hero as a rural boy named Orville who is sent to Hollywood with his sister and Grandpa to make a mortgage payment on their property. Why Hollywood? Why not, say, Duluth? Because they don't have movie stars in Duluth! We're set up to expect a satire on the motion picture capital as Grandpa excitedly reads a movie magazine and anticipates meeting Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, etc. The eager trio have some difficulty making their train on time, but then poor Grandpa is unceremoniously dumped from the train and left behind. When Orville and his sister arrive at their destination we are treated to a fascinating, action-packed, surreal image of "Hollywood -- A Quiet Morning" featuring a stunt man dangling from a plane while animated elephants and dinosaurs cavort in the background. The process work isn't very good, even for the period, but the bit is charming nonetheless and whets our appetite for more fun scenes. Next, Orville and his sister take a ride on a double-decker bus as the conductor points out various stars visible on the sidewalk: the Our Gang kids, the Hal Roach Bathing Beauties, and the one and only Theda Bara, seen in a brief snippet from her concurrent comedy "Madam Mystery."

Unfortunately, this is where the story takes a wrong turn and never recovers. Orville gets involved with some crooks who have robbed a bank and winds up at a nearby hotel with one of the hold-up men, who is inexplicably dressed in drag. The crook knocks Orville out and switches clothes with him, and upon awakening the bewigged Orville spends way too much time trying to elude a hotel detective, who is played by Oliver Hardy. Hardy manages to elicit more laughter with a couple of eloquent facial expressions than Tryon earns with all his mugging and dashing about, but it's a losing battle. The last portion of the film substitutes non-stop fighting for any real comedy, topped by a closing gag in very poor taste. It may as well have been set in Duluth after all. There's one more surprise, however: during the extended donnybrook at the finale some of the players tumble into a room inhabited by a mustachioed character identified as a "Starving Actor," sitting up in his bed. Underneath that mustache is Stan Laurel, and although he and Ollie have no scenes together this near-meeting marks their first appearance together at the Roach Studio, where they would soon produce their great comedies.

That's the one minor claim to fame held by this otherwise forgettable, disappointing little movie. As for Glenn Tryon . . . well, nice try.


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