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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
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)  »

Also Known As:

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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19 January 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

His Unlucky Night (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mack Sennett produced short has a married man (Billy Bevan) running into his single friend (Vernon Dent) and convincing him to go out that night in hopes of finding a woman. The single friend ends up married but the friend's wife mistakenly thinks he's out with another woman and chaos follows. HIS UNLUCKY NIGHT will certainly appeal to silent film fans because of the great cast but there's no question that it's lost scenes hamper or at least keep you from fully enjoying the picture. There are several sequences that are still lost so they're replaced by title cards explaining what we're missing. As far as the film goes, for the most part I found it to be entertaining with a good number of laughs and especially early on when Bevan keeps giving away boxes of candy to a girl (Carole Lombard) hoping that she'll go out with them. The ending is also very good once all the mistaken identity happens and you've got Bevan's wife chasing after him and the girl's father (Andy Clyde) chasing after the new husband. Both Bevan and Dent are in fine form and there's no question that Clyde and Dot Farley add nice support. Film buffs will enjoy seeing Lombard in this early role, although she isn't given too much to do.

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