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His Unlucky Night (1928)

Friends Billy Trotter and Homer Brown are both traveling salesmen who meet up at a hotel on their travels. Since they last saw each other, Billy has gotten married. Homer is lamenting still... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Billy Bevan ... Billy Trotter
Dot Farley ... Mrs. Trotter
Vernon Dent ... Homer Brown
Carole Lombard ... Peggy - Telephone Operator (as Carol Lombard)
Carmelita Geraghty ... Jenny - Homer's Girlfriend
William McCall ... Hotel Manager
Andy Clyde ... Homer's Father-in-Law
Bud Jamison ... Hotel Detective
Sunshine Hart ... Hotel Manager's Wife
Art Rowlands Art Rowlands ... Hotel Clerk


Friends Billy Trotter and Homer Brown are both traveling salesmen who meet up at a hotel on their travels. Since they last saw each other, Billy has gotten married. Homer is lamenting still being single and thinks that he will never find a woman who will want to be Mrs. Brown. Billy gets one of his old girlfriends, Peggy, a telephone operator, reluctantly to set Homer up with one of her friends. She chooses Jennie, a homebody of a woman who generally spends her evenings playing checkers with her father. Billy and Peggy accompany Homer and Jennie on their date, acting as their chaperons. Billy is able to maneuver Homer and Jennie into getting married that evening. Back at the hotel, a combination of changed hotel rooms, Jennie's angry father, Billy's jealous wife, and a confused hotel detective leads to misunderstandings and complications for all concerned. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

12 August 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bride Picker See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two nitrate reels of this film (reels 1 and 2) survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


Billy Trotter: She's no crazy fool - she's my wife!
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Good but huge chunks are missing.
27 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film stars Billy Bevan and Vernon Dent--which might be something great, as the last film I saw the two in ("The Best Man") was terrific. And, like "The Best Man", "His Unlucky Night" as a few plot similarities. It begins with a bachelor (Dent) arriving in town and meeting an old friend (Bevan). Bevan is married and tells Dent he wants to help him find a woman--so he takes Dent to a dance with a lady. Now her is where it gets amazingly contrived. The dance has a special contest called The Lucky Number Dance--and if a couple's number is picked, they get a free marriage right there on the spot!! And, Dent and his date are chosen--thanks to Billy. Now the idea of a couple getting married like this is insane and utterly ridiculous--and makes for an awkward moment in the film. Later, Billy takes the couple to a hotel and insists that they take his room--which is the bridal suite. But, when Billy's wife thinks HE is there with another woman, all kinds of chaos ensues. And, there is definitely more! See the film for yourself to find out exactly what.

It's hard for me to review the film and give it a numerical score since HUGE portions of the film are missing. When Turner Classic Movies showed it, the missing portions were filled in with lengthy texts explaining what was missing. In the current form, I'd give this one a 6--it's funny but the whole marriage portion is a mess and should have been worked through in a more realistic manner. If the missing portions are even restored, I'd love to see it again and update my review.

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