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A bride and groom are all set to get married, but they can't until the best man shows up. When the best man eventually does show up, he causes a few problems since he ran through some tar ... See full summary »

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The Best Man
Vernon Dent ...
The Groom
Alma Bennett ...
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The Justice of the Peace
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A bride and groom are all set to get married, but they can't until the best man shows up. When the best man eventually does show up, he causes a few problems since he ran through some tar just before entering the church. The groom doesn't seem to mind too much, just as long as the best man brought the ring, which he did. But as the wedding proceeds, that sticky tar just can't help but get the best man into one disastrous incident after another, including with the ring. That havoc, which leads into the reception, the wedding night and the honeymoon send off, may end the marriage even before it begins... or at least the couple's friendship with their best man. Written by Huggo

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19 February 1928 (USA)  »

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Billy Bevan Wrecks Vernon Dent's Wedding and Wedding Night
10 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason, the ever careless Billy Bevan is THE BEST MAN at Vernon Dent's wedding. This allows Bevan to lose the wedding ring, strip off Dent's clothes, destroy a car, and douse multiple people with water.

It's always nice to find a Sennett short that lives up to the studio's reputation as a no hold barred dispenser of slapstick and actually succeed at being consistently funny. This one manages the task by an accumulation of quite funny gags, which, atypically for cinema, ends up creating slapstick comedy during the wedding ceremony itself. (The off color gag during the ceremony is crude but priceless). A second part features Bevan demolishing a wedding reception, and then having his elderly car fall apart in amusing fashion. The gags, though they end up in the usual Sennett places, are quite inventive.

This one is obscure, because Bevan is a second-level comic, and was a bit player after sound came in. But it's a good reminder that not every great silent comedy came from Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd. There was a lot of hilarity elsewhere.


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