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Vernon Dent (in blackface), Billy Bevan, in A Sea Dog's Tale

A Sea Dog’s Tale

A Sea Dog’s Tale (1926) starring Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Vernon Dent

Buy from Amazon.com  A Sea Dog’s Tale is a Mack Sennet comedy starring Billy Bevan, but begins somewhere in the South Seas, where the cast (people in black-face) are having a contest. The contest involves spear throwing at a victim.  It’s ultimately won by Jo Jo (Vernon Dent, best known for his work with the Three Stooges).   Jo Jo wants to use his notoriety to marry the beautiful daughter of Chief Gumbo (Andy Clyde). However, she refuses, having seen in their weekly newspaper (seriously) a photo of a champion pancake eater Wilbur Waters (Billy Bevan), and deciding that she’ll marry only him. (more…)

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Hollywood to Hoboken - Billy Bevan, Vernon Dent

Hoboken to Hollywood

Hoboken to Hollywood (1926) starring Billy Bevin,  Vernon Dent

Buy from Amazon.com  Movie review of the silent film comedy “Hoboken to Hollywood” (1926) starring Billy Bevan, co-starring Vernon Dent

Hollywood to Hoboken - Billy Bevan, Vernon DentYou likely know someone who laughs at everyone else’s misfortune – especially when he causes it.   In a nutshell, that’s the character that Billy Bevan plays here.  He’s ordered by his boss to head out to their California office, hence the title. He calls up his wife, packs their car, and starts driving to California.   Along the way, he runs (literally) into another couple relocating to California — Vernon Dent (of Three Stooges fame) and Thelma Hill.   From the beginning, Billy’s helpful advice causes grief (and slapstick violence) to Vernon Dent — backing into his motor home and leaving him dangling off a cliff (a funny scene), breaking Vernon’s axe on a petrified tree, drenching Vernon with the juice of a cactus (a very funny scene, with Vernon playing his part to the hilt), convincing them that they’re under attack from the ‘Hop-Eye Indians’ and so on, finally arriving in California. (more…)

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