Tell It to Sweeney (1927)

Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Played by William H. Tooker, railroad superintendent Old Man Sweeney is but a peripheral character in this film, despite its title. George Bancroft is cast as burly railroad engineer Cannonball Casey, who falls in love with Dorie (Doris Hill), the daughter of rival engineer Luke Beamish (Chester Conklin). For his part, Luke would prefer that Doris spend her time with a suitor of his choice, Old Man Sweeney's son Jack (Jack Luden) -- and, truth to tell, Dorie favors Jack over Casey, too. Hoping to win the girl's hand, Casey challenges Jack to a wrestling match at the company picnic. Unfortunately, Jack is incapacitated just before the match, obliging the puny Beamish to enter the ring opposite the mighty Casey. The film's slapstick finale is chock full of cartoonlike gags, which is altogether fitting inasmuch as producer-director Gregory LaCava used to work at the animation firm responsible for the old Mutt and Jeff cartoons.

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enemy, engineering, injury, love, love-triangle, railroad, rival, romance, superintendent, wrestling-Greco-Roman