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Down in the country of "Chilitina", a rich oil gusher is found, but the scheming manager of the American company has it capped and doesn't tell the owner, putting him in financial trouble. ... See full summary »

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Mark Goldaine
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Monty Banks ... Monty, the Office Force
Robert Gray Robert Gray ... Herbert Hester
Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Osborne ... President of the Bralivia Oil Corporation
Ena Gregory ... The Boss's Daughter
Mark Hamilton ... Soldier (uncredited)
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Down in the country of "Chilitina", a rich oil gusher is found, but the scheming manager of the American company has it capped and doesn't tell the owner, putting him in financial trouble. He says he'll pay off the bills if he can marry the beautiful daughter, but she loves Monty the office boy. All go down to Chitlina, where Monty has trouble with the country's soldiers. Written by WesternOne

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oil Is Well See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Where is my Wandering Boy?
24 July 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Monty Banks was a good screen comedian with a checkered career. His three or four feature comedies did not set the world afire. Indeed, PLAY SAFE flopped for no clear reason. With the coming of sound, his Italian accent forced him behind the camera and he became a very assured director in England.

His short comedy was good, but this one is not among his best. The plot is a typical comedy set-up: Monty is in love with the daughter of his boss, who is trying to get a well in production in a Latin American country, "somewhere south of the Eighteenth Amendment". However, the villain of the piece, Robert Gray, has cut a deal with the locals to not report it is a gusher. He comes to the man's office and offers to raise money to get it producing if he marries the girl. Everyone agrees and it's off to "Chilitina".

At this point we go through a long, irrelevant subplot in which Monty is wandering around looking for the girl. The gags in it are inventive and well executed -- I particularly like the one with the rope ladder -- but it pads what should have been a snappy two-reeler. By the time the story returns to the issues that started the film going, it seems like an afterthought.

Still, the gags are good. If you wish to take a look, it's on the National Film Preservation website, one of the films repatriated from New Zealand in 2010.


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