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The Best Man (1928)

A bride and groom are all set to get married, but they can't until the best man shows up. When the best man eventually does show up, he causes a few problems since he ran through some tar ... See full summary »

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Harry Edwards
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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Bevan ... The Best Man
Vernon Dent ... The Groom
Alma Bennett ... The Bride
Andy Clyde ... The Justice of the Peace
Sunshine Hart ... The Bride's Mother
Irving Bacon ... The Bride's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peggy Gaddis Peggy Gaddis ... Minor Role as Carolina Lee
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A bride and groom are all set to get married, but they can't until the best man shows up. When the best man eventually does show up, he causes a few problems since he ran through some tar just before entering the church. The groom doesn't seem to mind too much, just as long as the best man brought the ring, which he did. But as the wedding proceeds, that sticky tar just can't help but get the best man into one disastrous incident after another, including with the ring. That havoc, which leads into the reception, the wedding night and the honeymoon send off, may end the marriage even before it begins... or at least the couple's friendship with their best man. Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Wedding Daze See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title Card: The best man was still single, because he couldn't find a woman who would take a joke.
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Possibly the earliest appearance of TV in a movie--and a darned funny film to boot.
27 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Considering that enjoyed this comedy even more than a similarly themed Laurel and Hardy short ("That's My Pal"), it MUST be a pretty nifty little comedy.

The film begins with a bunch of folks at the church for a wedding. However, they can't start as the Best Man is late--a shade of things to come. Eventually, Billy Bevan arrives and pretty much ruins the wedding. Later, Bevan also pretty much ruins the reception. And, he manages to screw up the wedding night and soon the bride and groom (Vernon Dent) are at each other's throats. Then, the next day, when he drives them to the train, he manages to make things even worse. I could tell you all the awful things Bevan does to these poor folks, but it's best you just see for yourself. And, prepare for a few giggles, as the film is quite funny.

Once other thing you might want to see the film for is its historical value. It might just be the world's first movie to show television! At the reception, there is a TV there and you get a brief glimpse of a jazz band playing--which is pretty amazing since the first demonstration of this new device occurred only two years earlier and TV sets would not be sold in any numbers until after WWII.


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