Billy Bevan comedy short involving warring fathers-in-law, Lloyd Hamilton in small role
This 1933 Educational comedy short stars silent comedy great Billy Bevan (he of the walrus mustache) and George Bickel as warring fathers-in-law who bury the hatchet to help son John Harron (taking a break from poverty row features--see my review of MURDER IN THE MUSEUM)and his wife buy a boat company owned by Lloyd Hamilton, who appears in the second half of the short. Veteran gag writers Ernest Pagano and Ewart Adamson throw in everything but the kitchen sink to get a laugh in this short, and it works. We have a dog and a baby in addition to the above characters, and in the final chase scene that goes on for a while, we have ALL of the principals, a motorcycle, a car, a wagon, and a bicycle. This was Lloyd Hamilton's second-to-last film, his final one being an Andy Clyde short in 1934. He looks a bit weak and emaciated, but he had not forgotten his brilliant reactions and facial mugging. Bevan is always welcome to me, with a career going back to the teens and continuing well into the sound era, both in comedy shorts and in supporting roles. The pairing of Bevan and Bickel is inspired, and even the baby is funny (and cut when he says "dog" upon first seeing the dog his grandfather bought him). Well worth watching for Bevan or Hamilton fans!
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