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William A. Wellman
Bob Hope loves Gwennie McGill, and wants to marry her. That won't happen if Alderman Tom Mulligan has his say as he also loves her and wants to marry her. But an even larger hurdle for Bob and Gwennie getting married is her father, A.K. McGill, who also wants Gwennie to marry Tom. Gwennie's father has a few connections at city hall to be able to stop Bob and Gwennie from marrying as he's the mayor. Bob and Gwennie do whatever they can to overcome the mayor's plans. But everything may fall apart for Bob and Gwennie all because of a few exploding cigars. Written by
THE OLD GREY MAYOR is furious when a brash young fellow tries to marry his daughter.
This very early film appearance by Bob Hope shows his persona already in rapid development: the slightly nervous gestures, the weird disguises, and the rapid fire gags. Helping push the dialogue along are George Watts as the bombastic mayor, Ruth Blasco as his pretty daughter, and Lionel Stander as a tough alderman. Hope nearly has the show stolen from him by Sam Wren, appearing as the off-the-wall manager of the Marriage License Bureau.
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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