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The First Auto (1927)

Passed | | Comedy | 18 September 1927 (USA)
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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Russell Simpson ...
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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Remember---when you used to stand for an hour watching a fellow crank his "Merry Oldsmobile"---when you used to help a fellow pump a tire for an hour, and the tire was still flat!---when the batteries were run down and you had to walk ten miles to get six more batteries---when the car wouldn't go and you finally found that the tank was empty--- See more »

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Comedy

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Passed
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18 September 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Automóvel  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #589-596; 6th feature film produced by Warner Bros. to be released with Vitaphone musical accompaniment and sound effects. See more »

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Edited into Gadgets Galore (1955) See more »

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In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
In the score during the opening credits, at the end and as background music
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It's interesting as a "dawn of sound" museum piece.
3 July 2000 | by (Jacksonville, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This "dawn of sound" museum piece (3 spoken words, sound effects, and music)does have a certain charm, when it doesn't try to be funny, in telling of a livery stable operator who has trouble accepting the emergence of the automobile. Russell Hicks and Patsy Ruth Miller are pretty good in their roles. The rest of the cast are pretty awful. If you can time warp yourself back to 1927 to view the film in the ambiance of its era, you may find it mildly enjoyable. If you are firmly fixed, mind-wise, in the year 2000 probably not.


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