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Cast overview:
James Parrott ...
Bill Bunion (as Paul Parrott)
Noah Young
George Rowe
Mark Jones
Wallace Howe ...
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Short | Comedy





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8 July 1923 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Clips from this film are featured in Iron Maiden's music video for "Run to the Hills." See more »


Spoofs The Covered Wagon (1923) See more »

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Funny Spoof from Hal Roach
17 March 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Uncovered Wagon, The (1923)

*** (out of 4)

Hal Roach short is a spoof of the 1923 Western COVERED WAGON, which was a huge hit for Paramount. In this film a group of people are heading out West to Hollywood so they pack up their "wagons" and head out where they must battle various elements including crossing a dangerous river and battling Indians. The "wagons" are actually cars with a cover on them and the Indians even ride in on bicycles so you can tell the type of humor that Roach is going for. Seeing so many "modern" items in this Western set in 1840 actually makes the film rather surreal and I must admit it kept me interested and entertained through its 14-minutes. James Parrott plays the main guy who is trying to look impressive to a girl (Katherine Grant) he's in love with. Parrott wasn't the greatest comic out there but it fit the role good enough. Grant would later go onto star in several Charley Chase pictures who of course was the brother of Parrott. Noah Young is also on hand and makes for a fun character. One of the highlights of the film is where they're trying to cross the river, which of course turns out to be too deep and the cars go right to the bottom. We get a rather funny sequence of Parrott at the bottom trying to fix the car and we get several other nice gags as the cars go under water only to then come back up. The Indian's riding in on their bikes was pretty funny too.

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