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The First Auto (1927)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  18 September 1927 (USA)
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Hank owns horses, stables horses and races horses. He favorite horse always wins and he is prosperous and will known. His son (Bob), however dreams only of the future of the horseless ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Russell Simpson ...
'Hank' Armstrong
Frank Campeau ...
Mayor Robbins
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The Blacksmith
Anders Randolf ...
The Auctioneer
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The Village Cut-Up
Paul Kruger ...
Steve
Douglas Gerrard ...
Squire Stebbins
Charles Emmett Mack ...
Bob Armstrong (as Chas. E. Mack)
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Rose Robbins
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The Master Driver
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Hank owns horses, stables horses and races horses. He favorite horse always wins and he is prosperous and will known. His son (Bob), however dreams only of the future of the horseless carriage and not of the horse. This causes problems between Hank and Bob. As the people in the town convert from horses to autos, Hank detests those who switch - so he looses his friends, his son Bob and finally his livery business. Bob leaves his flame Rose and goes to Detroit, gets involved with the auto industry and does very well. He does not forget Hank and promises to see him again, but Hank's hatred of the auto may cause the death of Bob. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A ROMANTIC JOY RIDE (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy

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18 September 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Automóvel  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(Vitaphone) (talking sequences, musical score, sound effects)

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1.33 : 1
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This movie is being preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. See more »

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Edited into Gadgets Galore (1955) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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A patchwork of a film that was darker than I expected
4 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film about the displacement of the horse by the automobile was made by Warner Brothers as a morality tale on the perils of resisting progress - like talking pictures such as this early experiment in sound technology. Not only are there synchronized sound effects and music in this film. There are actually a few words of dialogue such as the father speaking the son's name - "Bob", and the word "Go". Nothing more complex than that was possible at the time.

The beginning is light and breezy - you have a man, Hank Armstrong, with a champion race horse - 'Sloe Eyes - and a successful livery business. His son, Bob, courts a local girl and at the same time dreams of building horseless carriages. He has competition for the girl's hand

  • a fellow that does not like to fight fair - and he enters importantly


into the plot near the end of the film. In time, father and son come to a parting of the ways when the father sees Bob's boosting of and participation in the auto business as betrayal.

There are a few interesting things to note in this film. One is William Demarest as comic relief throughout the movie. Another is Barney Oldfield playing himself. Finally there is the bizarre fact that the fellow who plays Bob died in an automobile accident at the age of 27 during the time this film was being made. If the ending seems a bit incomplete or unsatisfactory because of his absence, this is the reason.


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