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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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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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In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
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Technically interesting film
12 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an early auto buff, I watched this film for the cars, not expecting much more. The only characters/actors I recognized were beautiful Patsy Ruth Miller, and Gibson Gowland, who, incidentally, played Greta Garbo's father in ANNA Christie, and Oldfield himself. The story is a sort-of early melodrama, not hard to watch, but easily forgettable. BUT: are there any car buffs out there who can identify the makes/brands of the early cars? After all, that's what they were - horseless carriages- and all looked pretty much the same. Only a couple, the one Oldfield drives (with the big radiator) I think resembles Ford's "999", and the big limo near the end I think is a Rolls-Royce, but even of that I'm not sure. Interestingly enough, and I see this a lot in early auto films - all of the cars had the radiator name badge removed from the front, making them even more hard to define.Anybody? Additionally, the character "Elmer Hays" was or wasn't that name a takeoff on ELWOOD HAYNES, an early auto pioneer? All in all, an interesting film. Anybody?


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