The Girl From Everywhere (1927)

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Although it ran a very scant four reels (it was actually 3,303 feet in length), comedy producer Mack Sennett marketed this film as a feature. In spite of its short length, it did have quite a bit going for it, not the least being the scenes of the Sennett bathing beauties, which were shot in Technicolor, and the presence of a very young Carole Lombard (with her first name spelled "Carolle") in a small role. On the negative side was the plot (typical for a Sennett film). Apparently, the original concept was to show where the bathing beauties came from, but after a reel, this idea was tossed out the window and the usual Sennett mayhem ensued (including a climax featuring a bunch of lions on the loose). Wilfred Ashcraft is a director of bathing beauty films (Mack Swain, creating a complete comic portrayal of Cecil B. DeMille, down to the puttees). As Minnie Stitch, tiny Daphne Pollard plays a wardrobe mistress. Ashcraft decides they need a big star and import the exotic Madam Zwibach from somewhere or another (Dot Farley). That's pretty much all there is to the story -- the rest is left up to witty title cards and, of course, the Technicolor bathing beauties.