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Crazy Car Comedies: Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies / Don't Park There / Wife and Auto Trouble / Indianapolis Speedway


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  • Actors: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Will Rogers, William Collier Sr., Mae Busch
  • Directors: Del Lord, Fred Guiol, Dell Henderson, Mack Sennett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037FFAPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the earliest days of film, one of the most popular genres was the "car comedy." Automobiles were novelties for many folks at the beginning of the 20th century, so movie audiences were thrilled by all the wild antics of outrageous drivers and passengers careening down the road in cars, trucks, paddy wagons and fire engines.

This collection showcases early Hollywood silent gems by masters of their craft. Mack Sennett (creator of the Keystone Kops style of comedy) and his rival Hal Roach (who later brought Laurel & Hardy and the Our Gang series to the screen) produced the first three shorts presented here. The fourth film featured here is a rarely seen documentary of the very first Indianapolis 500-mile auto race, in 1911.

Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925): In this surreal Mack Sennett production, an inventor's amazing radio-controlled cars cause nothing but chaos for their owners and just about everyone else. Starring Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde; Directed by Del Lord; Written by Frank Capra.

Don't Park There! (1924): Hal Roach presents Will Rogers in this slap-stick tale of a very inexperienced driver desperately searching for a parking space as he shops for his wife's bottle of "horse liniment. Starring Will Rogers; Directed by Fred Guiol.

Wife and Auto Trouble (1916): A henpecked husband buys a fancy car for his sexy secretary. He gets into trouble with the law after his wife, who assumes the gift was for her, is arrested for auto theft. Starring William Collier, Mae Busch; Directed by Mack Sennett & Dell Henderson.

The First 500-Mile Indianapolis Speedway Race (1911): This fascinating documentary of the very first Indy 500 auto race was filmed in 1911, when two men rode in each vehicle. One driver, Ray Harroun, rode solo, winning the race against the objections of his two-man competition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2010
ALPHA VIDEO is a provider of vintage programming that's often unavailable elsewhere. Alpha's prices are fair, but so is transfer quality of some of their offerings. None have undergone restoration, yet this product's rareness and reasonable cost make it a worthwhile purchase.

SYNOPSES for CRAZY CAR COMEDIES--

In Hal Roach's "Don't Park There!" Will Rogers is sent to buy liniment for his battleax wife (Mosquini). This errand becomes an ordeal when Will is unable to find anywhere to leave the car. Scripted by Tay(lor) Garrett. He later directed such classics as the Garfield/Turner noir THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946) and Bing Crosby's family musical, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT (1949).

The documentary "First Indy 500" shows a race with a field of two man teams. When solo driver Ray Harroun wins this initial marathon, he causes protests among the also-rans.

"Super-Hooper" is a KEYSTONE short directed by Del Lord (of later 3 Stooges fame) and partly scripted by Frank Capra. Here, an inventor (Clyde) develops an auto that runs on radio waves alone. An oil company owner (Richardson) feels threatened by this revolutionary design. He schemes to destroy the central transmitter that powers these radio-adapted vehicles.

"Wife & Auto Trouble" is a precursor to Edgar Kennedy's RKO "Average Man" shorts. In both, a hen-pecked man also lives with his wife's troublesome mom (Davenport) and brother (Belmont).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alencar B. P. Fh on January 15, 2012
The sound hisses all the time, the picture is unwatchable, this DVD was transferred from a very bad film copy or even some crap VHS.
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Sometimes you don't want some serious melodramatic gripping suspenseful heart wrenching tear jerking fare...you just want a some light silly fun. This should fit the bill. My only disappointment was it was only 60 minutes total for the four films. You get three films. It says four but the fourth is pretty short...don't get up for a snack or you might miss it. Once again I had no problem loading this on my $10 dvd player. I've been able to load every one from this company so far (Alpha). Music is fitting and not a distraction. Films are probably in original condition, but remember sometimes only a single copy of a given silent film exists.. but the quality of the films was Not a distraction.

first film is 1925 super-hooper lizzies. A rare early sci-fi kind of comedy: a sort allegory of inventors trying to make travel cheaper and oil companies trying to stop the inventors. lots of zany silent film sort of antics...which apparently takes place near... mardi-gras...? You'll see.

the next is 1924's "Don't park there!" staring Will Rogers! It's a period film about how things have changed. This takes looking for a parking space to ridiculous extremes. The jokes/gags are a bit predictable, but for the time they were likely innovative. lots of car/city scenes in this one. I spotted something that fits my collecting bent. In one scene you can see a single digit licence plate! (I think it's number 3.) If I gave you a hint where to look for it...you might get the joke of the film...but look behind him when he's driving toward the camera... but you gotta be alert..it only shows for about 1 or 2 seconds.

Then you get 1916 "Wife and Auto trouble". Normally films this early has editing still in it's infancy and in some parts this follows this rule...
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By JTDk on March 18, 2013
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Who would expect so many things could happen because of chickens and the new Auto industry and how that affected life. Comical.
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