comic showcase for under-rated Marjorie Beebe, with Lloyd Hamilton
Although Lloyd Hamilton may be the "star" of this film, it's a real showcase for the comic talents of the much-underrated Marjorie Beebe, who mostly appeared in Mack Sennett shorts in the early days of sound. She plays a young lady from a small town, Piperville, who comes to Hollywood and tries to get a job in pictures, delivering this outrageous "inspirational recitation" called "Life is just a crossword puzzle" which she no doubt was a smash with back home at the Elks' Club or the High School. She tries this for various casting agents (we see THREE auditions!), and is finally offered work as a stunt double, where we see her in all kind of dangerous situations, and Ms. Beebe's flair for physical comedy (I'd rate her right up there with Lucille Ball in that area!). Lloyd Hamilton is her lonely boyfriend from back home, who comes out to the West Coast to find her and of course destroys everything he encounters. Hilarious throughout... yet another comic gem from Marjorie Beebe. Running time is 19:25. Director is Babe Stafford, who did a number of early-sound shorts for Mack Sennett, including a number with Andy Clyde (one of which, The Cow-Catcher's Daughter, also starred Marjorie Beebe), and the Bing Crosby short SING BING SING.
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