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Stuntfull, fast-paced, really wacky comedy!
8 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Richard Grace (Donald Daring), Wanda Hawley (Lorain, the bride), Gaston Glass (Jack Bryan, the "best man"), Dick Sutherland (the skipper of Donald's yacht), Mary Land (the bride's mother), Dorothy Vernon (Mrs Gibbs), Eddie Harris (Phinneas Gibbs, a crossword puzzle addict), Milburn Moranti.

Director: FRANK S. MATTISON. Adapted from the story "The Ace and the Queen" by Putnam Hoover. Titles: Ralph Spence. Photography: Bert Longnecker, Gus Boswell. Art director: Milton Fowler. A Sunset Production presented by Anthony J. Xydias.

Not copyright 1925 by Sunset Productions. Released through Aywon Film Corp.: 3 September 1925. 5 reels. 4,870 feet

SYNOPSIS: "Love is intoxication and marriage is the hangover."

COMMENT: This movie survives in its cutdown Kodascope version in which the role played by Milburn Morante (or Moranti – the actor used both spellings throughout his career) has possibly disappeared. I confess I don't know what he looks like – a man with 379 acting credits and I've no idea what he looks like! Incredible! (But you would think he'd have a photograph in Quinlan or McClure, along with the Burt Mustins of this world!) Anyway, this is a really wonderful movie – fast-paced, funny, highly original, with great stunts and some delightfully inimitable characters. My favorite is Eddie Harris' crossword fanatic, but our daft but daring hero and our sulky, moody heroine are not far behind. And let's not forget the impeccable villain of the piece, Gaston Glass. Once Sarah Bernhardt's leading man, super-handsome Glass had a big career in silent movies, but, oddly, despite his super-impressive stage background, he was soon reduced to walk-ons in talkies. Nevertheless, he had the game beaten in 1936 when he switched to production manager (or unit manager or production unit manager). Getting back to Flying Fool, our hero's captain, Dick Sutherland, has but an ephemeral role in this version, but what a face! As for our inventive director, Frank S, Mattison, he retired in 1929 after making his first full talkie – and who would blame him! All told, as I've said this is a wonderful movie and available in a first-class, really beautiful copy (not a mark on it, except of course in the stock library aerial shots) from Alpha.


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