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Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 14 June 1925 (USA)
An eccentric inventor has thought of a way that automobiles can run on radio waves, without gasoline. His plans put him in conflict with the owner of an oil company, who is also pursuing ... See full summary »

Director:

Del Lord

Writers:

Felix Adler (titles), Frank Capra | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Billy Bevan ... Hiram Case
Andy Clyde ... Burbank Watts - Hiram's Boss
Lillian Knight Lillian Knight ... Winnie Watts - Burbank's Daughter
John J. Richardson ... T. Potter Doam (as Jack Richardson)
Leo Sulky Leo Sulky ... 1st Prospective Buyer
James Donnelly James Donnelly ... 2nd Prospective Buyer
Vernon Dent ... Gasoline Customer (scenes deleted)
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An eccentric inventor has thought of a way that automobiles can run on radio waves, without gasoline. His plans put him in conflict with the owner of an oil company, who is also pursuing the inventor's daughter. This rival begins to scheme against the inventor, and it is left up to the inventor's hired man to try to stop him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1925 (USA) See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Silly, funny, cartoonlike stuff!
3 November 2004 | by KiddmanSee all my reviews

Of the silent comedies without an "A-List" comic in it, this is one of the better examples of the loony style of the slapstick era.

I've seen it many times, due to knowing a collector, but it's been years, so I'm a bit sketchy on the details, but the idea is that a guy comes up with the idea to get rid of expensive gasoline by using radio waves to power the country's cars. [A little background; "Super Heterodyne" was an early name for the technology of transmitting radio signals, hence the title of this spoof]

Everything seems to be going well, as cars all over town are hooked up with special radio antennas that communicate with the central transmitter. Then, all HECK breaks loose when lightning strikes the transmitter, giving WAY too much power to hundreds of cars, all at once!

The predictable yet hilarious physical comedy that ensues provides an excellent look at the kind of comedy movie audiences worldwide were enjoying in 1925!

It is awful hard to find silent movies presented properly with LIVE musical accompaniment by theatre organ, piano, or orchestra these days, but the experience, should you find a show, is WELL worth it!


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