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His Unlucky Night (1928)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  12 August 1928 (USA)
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Friends Billy Trotter and Homer Brown are both traveling salesmen who meet up at a hotel on their travels. Since they last saw each other, Billy has gotten married. Homer is lamenting still... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Billy Trotter
Dot Farley ...
Mrs. Trotter
Vernon Dent ...
Homer Brown
Peggy - Telephone Operator (as Carol Lombard)
Jenny - Homer's Girlfriend
William McCall ...
Hotel Manager
Andy Clyde ...
Homer's Father-in-Law
Bud Jamison ...
Hotel Detective
Sunshine Hart ...
Hotel Manager's Wife
Art Rowlands ...
Hotel Clerk


Friends Billy Trotter and Homer Brown are both traveling salesmen who meet up at a hotel on their travels. Since they last saw each other, Billy has gotten married. Homer is lamenting still being single and thinks that he will never find a woman who will want to be Mrs. Brown. Billy gets one of his old girlfriends, Peggy, a telephone operator, reluctantly to set Homer up with one of her friends. She chooses Jennie, a homebody of a woman who generally spends her evenings playing checkers with her father. Billy and Peggy accompany Homer and Jennie on their date, acting as their chaperons. Billy is able to maneuver Homer and Jennie into getting married that evening. Back at the hotel, a combination of changed hotel rooms, Jennie's angry father, Billy's jealous wife, and a confused hotel detective leads to misunderstandings and complications for all concerned. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short





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12 August 1928 (USA)  »

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A Word to the Wife  »

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Two nitrate reels of this film (reels 1 and 2) survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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28 September 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Billy Bevan travels in women's lingerie.... that is, he is a traveling salesman who sells the stuff. When Carole Lombard and he set Vernon Dent up for a night on the town, Billy's wife finds out and the usual series of hotel detectives and slamming doors ensue.

It's pretty much a standard two-reeler, full of pretty girls and innuendo and some of the gags are very good -- I am much taken by Andy Clyde's checker game with a cat. Mack Sennett was busy getting his new studio, intended for the sound era, ready for work and his studio could turn out a movie like this readily enough.

Still, there's something mechanical about the whole operation by this time. Ten years after Harold Lloyd had invented the Glass character and while Laurel and Hardy were starting out on their long series of comedies about two nitwits who were friends, Mack Sennett was still turning out comedies about stock characters. They're certainly funny, but after a while I long for something more: a human being I can recognize. Sennett tried that in the Smith Family series, but you never really see the character here; you just see Billy's mustache.

Well, I laughed. That's what these movies are supposed to make you do. Still, more would be nice.

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