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Benny Rubin is a New York City vaudeville performer who inherits a hotel in California, and takes all of his ham-actor friends there, as chefs, bellhops, maids and waiters, to help him run it. BUsiness is bad so Benny plants a story that his late uncle hid his fortune in the hotel. The place is soon filled with guests who tear down the hotel looking for the non-existent fortune. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 January 1932 (USA)  »

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The wreck of the Hesperus
26 December 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Old-time comedy short director Ralph Ceder -- usually remembered, if at all, for directing some of Stan Laurel's poorer shorts in the early 1920s -- does a fine job in this story of Benny Rubin inheriting a a hotel from his uncle, bringing his show business friends to help him run it, and trying to drum up business by claiming that there is a fortune buried some place -- with the expected results.

What is unexpected -- by me, anyway -- is that Ceder took advantage of his knowledge of his performers to showcase their abilities in unexpected way. As a result we have Bud Jamison singing and a goodly assortment of fine supporting comics, including Billy Franey as a miner trying for the treasure with dynamite. If you have a chance, take a look at it.


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