40-Horse Hawkins (1924)

Jack-of-all-trades Luke Hawkins, of the western town of Lariat, falls in love with Mary Darling, the leading lady in a traveling theatrical troupe (of the old-fashioned "mortgage melodrama"... See full summary »


Edward Sedgwick


Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay), Raymond L. Schrock (story) | 2 more credits »


Cast overview:
Hoot Gibson ... Luke Hawkins
Anne Cornwall ... Mary Darling
Richard Tucker ... Rudolph Catalina
Helen Holmes ... Sylvia Dean
Jack Gordon Edwards Jack Gordon Edwards ... Johnny
Edward Burns Edward Burns ... Sheriff (as Ed Burns)
Edward Sedgwick ... Stage Manager
John Judd John Judd ... Will Bill Bailey


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Jack-of-all-trades Luke Hawkins, of the western town of Lariat, falls in love with Mary Darling, the leading lady in a traveling theatrical troupe (of the old-fashioned "mortgage melodrama" variety). He follows her to New York, takes another series of jobs, and finally works as an extra in Mary's new production. Just as the play is about to flop, Luke recognizes Mary, and his rush to take her in his arms turns the show into a hit. Written by Pamela Short

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The heroine's named Mary Darling, but the movie's funny anyway.

I don't much give a Hoot about Gibson, but '40-Horse Hawkins' is a welcome variation of the usual Hoot Gibson formula, giving him more comedy sequences than usual, and taking place mostly away from the prairies and sagebrush.

Gibson is here a callow youth who tries holding various jobs, and there's an amusing running gag: every time Gibson gets a new job, he has the hat to go with it. After working as a cowpoke, a porter, and various other careers, he lands up as the stage director for a troupe of barnstorming actors. A character actor named Richard Tucker (not the same-named opera singer) is quite funny as the troupe's barrel-chested leading man.

The troupe's character actress (Helen Holmes, very impressive in an unsympathetic role) is attracted to our Hooty, but meanwhile he's attracted to the troupe's ingenue: her name is Mary Darling, which tells you all you need to know. (Anne Cornwall is bland in this role.) Holmes spitefully gets darling Mary Darling sacked, so Mary heads back to New York City, where -- with laughable ease -- she becomes the soubrette in a Broadway show.

Our Hoot has followed her, and soon he's a spear-carrier in the same production. Film director Edward Sedgwick gives an utterly hilarious performance as the stage manager and director of this stage play.

Gibson shows a real talent for comedy here, and some splendid comedic timing. I'll give him extra credit for forsaking his usual cowboy antics, and I'll rate this one 8 out of 10.

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21 April 1924 (USA) See more »

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O Factotum See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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