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Al Giebler (titles)
Gus Meins (story)
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Release Date:
28 March 1926 (USA) See more »
Two aimless wanderers are hungry and broke. They think of a way to trick a restaurant into giving them a free meal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Disjointed, But Has Some Good Gags See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)

Billy Bevan ... Percy Nudge

Andy Clyde ... Dusty Duncan
Ruth Hiatt ... Ruth
Kewpie Morgan ... 'Rough' Rufus
Bobby Dunn ... Waiter
Dave Morris ... Cop
Ruth Taylor ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marion McDonald ... Customer
Charles Force ... Detective (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert ... Produce Vendor / Hot Soup Customer / Driver (uncredited)
Numa the Lion ... Numa (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ... Milkshake Customer (uncredited)
William McCall ... Customer (uncredited)
Danny O'Shea ... Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Al Giebler  titles (as A.H. Giebler)
Gus Meins  story

Produced by
Mack Sennett .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2002)
Cinematography by
Hap Depew  (as Ernest Depew)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck 
Production Management
John A. Waldron .... production supervisor
Special Effects by
Ernie Crockett .... special photographic effects

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Additional Details

20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The release of the final print was delayed for several weeks because director Del Lord and title writer Al Giebler could not think of a title to serve as a trigger for the ending "Keystone Kops" chase sequence (which has little to do with the film's initial story about two tramps sneaking a meal at a restaurant). In the film, the chase sequence is initiated when the heroine, Ruth Hiatt, finds a paper dropped by the restaurant owner, Kewpie Morgan, and shows the paper to Billy Bevan. Lord and Giebler came up with several titles to motivate the final chase. "He was stealing my diploma as winner of the beauty contest!" "This proves he is President of the Kidnappers' Association!" and "The Big Clam was trying to get a corner on Muscle Shoals!" Finally, Lord came up with the title, "Look! A mortgage on Niagara Falls. We must stop it before he shuts off the water!" He phoned the title in to Giebler at Keystone Studios on the day before the film was to be sent out to distributors.See more »
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Referenced in Here Come the Co-eds (1945)See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Disjointed, But Has Some Good Gags, 5 February 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This Mack Sennett/Billy Bevan short comedy is disjointed, but it has a few pretty good gags that compensate for other stretches of more routine material and for some dated details that mar it a bit. The plot has Bevan and Andy Clyde as two drifters or "Wandering Willies", who get into a series of silly escapades. Director Del Lord epitomizes Sennett's approach to movie-making, and so in typical Sennett style, the segments often barely connect with each other, and it just keeps throwing one gag after another at the viewer, hoping that some of them will connect. In this one, a few of the gags are indeed quite good, and they make it worth watching. It could have been better overall with a more disciplined approach that would do a better job of high-lighting the best material, but that was not Sennett's style.

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