The Old Barn (February 3, 1929)

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The Old Barn
 

Released on February 3, 1929: On a dark and stormy night the old barn behind the country hotel seems to be the hiding place of dangerous strangler Dan.

Produced by Mack Sennett

Directed by Mack Sennett

The Actors: Johnny Burke (Johnny the hired hand), Thelma Hill (Thelma the maid), Daphne Pollard (the school teacher), Andy Clyde (the Sheriff), Irving Bacon (the stranger), Vernon Dent (Pete Monroe - Hotel Proprietor ), Dave Morris (traveling salesman), Ruth Kane (flapper hotel guest), Aloha Porter (hotel guest)

 

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Introducing Irving Bacon

Irving BaconIn 1955 he was Vivian Vance's father on the I Love Lucy television show . . . He also appeared on Leave it to Beaver, The Gale Storm Show, Date with the Angels, Walt Disney Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, Donna Reed Show, Wagon Train, Dick Van Dyke and hundreds, yes hundreds, more. Before television he appeared in over 400 motion pictures . . . More that John Wayne, more than Bette Davis, more than every major movie star. His first appearance on the big screen was in 1915 at the birth of the industry, and his final appearance was on the Dick Van Dyke Show in 1965 shortly before his death at the age of 71. Irving Bacon was born in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1893, and by the age of 21 had a bit part in the Mack Sennett silent comedy short, "A Favorite Fool." at an even six feet tall he stood head and shoulders above most other people of the early 1900's, and this may have contributed in the decision to use him in so many different stories. He is never given a close-up in this comedy short, and in fact is not given many close-up shots in any of his appearances. The photo above is from his appearance in the 1943 James Cagney feel-good gangster movie, Johnny Come Lately, where he plays the town Sheriff. He is most often one of the supporting actors that you notice while he is on screen, but one of those actors that you never connect a name with. In this comedy short he is the tall, dark stranger who may be the dangerous strangler Dan that the radio announcer is telling everyone to beware of. After booking room 13 at the small hotel he leaves to find the post office, and after hearing noises in the old barn everyone thinks that the stranger is strangler Dan, and is up to no good in the barn. Irving Bacon does not have the smallest part in this movie, that record goes to the two female hotel guests, Ruth Kane, and the gal we only see the back of her head of, Aloha Porter, but his small part gives us no idea that he will go on to more appearances in movies by far than any other actor in the movie . . . and this remains true for every movie and television show that he appears in! Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Irving Bacon gets nabbed by the cop
Irving Bacon gets nabbed by Dave Morris
Andy CLyde, Johnny Burke, Daphne Pollard and Dave Morris
Andy CLyde, Johnny Burke, Daphne Pollard and Dave Morris
Daphne Pollard, Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Daphne Pollard, Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Daphne Pollard, Ruth Kane and Dave Morris
Daphne Pollard, Ruth Kane and Dave Morris
Daphne Pollard, Ruth Kane and Dave Morris
Daphne Pollard, Ruth Kane and Dave Morris
Daphne Pollard screams
Daphne Pollard screams
Irving Bacon and Vernon Dent
Irving Bacon and Vernon Dent
Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Johnny Burke, Thelma Hill and Andy Clyde
Johnny Burke, Thelma Hill and Andy Clyde
Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Johnny Burke and Thelma Hill
Johnny Burke playing the piano
Johnny Burke playing the piano
Thelma Hill, Andy Clyde and Daphne Pollard
Thelma Hill, Andy Clyde and Daphne Pollard
Daphne Pollard and Andy Clyde
Daphne Pollard and Andy Clyde
Thelma Hill screams
Thelma Hill screams
Vernon Dent and Irving Bacon
Vernon Dent and Irving Bacon