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Galloping Bungalows (1924)

All the qualified men line up to be chosen, as an heiress advertises that she will marry the man with the most interesting mustache, that marriage which comes with a mansion. John Syrup ... See full summary »

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Edward F. Cline
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Cast overview:
Billy Bevan ... John Syrup Soother
Sidney Smith ... Phil Piazza (as Sid Smith)
Natalie Kingston ... Diana Palmer
John J. Richardson ... Howson Lotts - the Villain (as Jack Richardson)
Sunshine Hart ... Olive Palmer - Diana's Mother
Andy Clyde ... Fire Chief / Drunk Suitor
Bud Ross ... Lotts' Accomplice (as Budd Ross)
Coy Watson Coy Watson ... Newsboy
Thelma Hill ... Maid / Bathing Beauty
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All the qualified men line up to be chosen, as an heiress advertises that she will marry the man with the most interesting mustache, that marriage which comes with a mansion. John Syrup Soother wins the marriage to who he believes is the heiress, Olive Palmer, a tank of a woman who has lost her beauty with age. But he learns that he his betrothed is not the heiress, Diana Palmer, but her mother. Howson Lotts, a shyster and one of Diana's other suitors, sells John a beach-front house for his new life, that house which is not all that it seems on the surface. In the meantime, others still will do anything to be Diana's betrothed, that choice in which John now has a different but still vested interest. Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

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2 November 1924 (USA) See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Garage by Day, Boat Dock by Night
22 September 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mack Sennett's staff came up with this satire of the Florida land boom of the 1920s with a series of gags based on actual cases -- people did buy and sell lots that turned out to be underwater, as they "flipped" their properties without ever knowing they were being swindled. The whole thing collapsed and a hurricane went through downtown Miami. Such a thing could never happen again -- at least until 2008, when I failed to argue my sister out of a sure-fire deal in Tampa. Ay, wheel.

The movie starts in an erratic manner with Billy Bevan, playing a John Phillip Sousa knockoff, getting married for his mustache and ends in a typical Sennett fashion with a bungalow being chased by a firetruck. It's a typically good Sennett comedy from the era.

Billy was one of the large number of Australian clowns who had substantial roles in silent movies and subsided into bits in sound movies, usually playing a Cockney cabbie. In the 1920s he was a lead utility lead for Sennett in a lot of pictures.


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