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A Wild Roomer (1927)

Charles Bowers is once again an eccentric inventor. This time, he has only a matter of hours to debut his extraordinary new invention in order to collect a huge bequest from his deceased ... See full summary »
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Charles Bowers is once again an eccentric inventor. This time, he has only a matter of hours to debut his extraordinary new invention in order to collect a huge bequest from his deceased father. Along the way, his evil uncle tries to sabotage the machine, so the inheritance will go to him. The invention basically does everything, including, in one sequence of near unsurpassed beauty, creating a little doll and bringing it to life by sewing a tiny little heart into its chest. The doll comes alive, and the machine dresses and feeds it. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@yahoo.com>

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English

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1 November 1927 (USA) See more »

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Un drôle de locataire See more »

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Bowers Comedy Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Third in a series of 13 Whirlwind Comedies produced by Charles R. Bowers. See more »

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Wow--this is one insane film!
20 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the mid-late 1920s, Charley Bowers made a few dozen short comedies. While he's practically unknown today, his extant films are truly unique and enjoyable. In most, like this one, Charley plays a crackpot inventor--all made rather realistic using stop-motion--and he was one of the best stop-motion film makers there ever was.

The film begins with all kinds of stuff disappearing (literally) and appearing in Charley's room at the rooming house. He needs all these things for his latest invention but the other tenants aren't too pleased with how it's affecting them. Later, Charley finds out when his grandfather's will is read that he'll get all of the guy's fortune IF he can prove that his crazy invention works. So, in a funny twist, Charley takes this enormous almost room-sized invention out for a stroll! The scene of it dropping through the floor of the rooming house and then rolling down the street is pretty amazing. During this time, the uncle (who will inherit the money if the invention fails) keeps trying to destroy the device. But, by the end, the uncle gets his comeuppance. There's much more to it than this, but I don't want to talk about the machine at all--it might spoil the crazy fun. It's one of these films you just need to see to believe.

Overall, one of Charley's best films. I still think I prefer NOW YOU TELL ONE, but this is very close in quality and laughs.


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