Lucky Stars (1925)

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Although Harry Langdon was nearing his peak as a two-reel comedian (in just a few months he would graduate to features), not all his films during this period were winners. Of this picture, trade paper Moving Picture World complained, "The gags carry little punch and the action is constantly slowed up for no palpable reason." This is too bad because the beginning is promising. Harry, naïve as always, goes to a sidewalk "astronomer" who advises him to seek his fortune under the guidance of a certain star. The star takes him to an equally phony doctor who is actually a snake oil salesman (Vernon Dent), and they head for San Tobacco in Mexico to peddle their wares. They're quite successful, much to the chagrin of the local druggist and his daughter (Natalie Kingston). She grabs a dagger and goes off to kill the intruders, but her boyfriend has already ruined their business by adding a secret chemical to their potion. The resulting brew poisons their clientele who take out their anger on Harry and the "doctor."