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A Blowout at Santa Banana (1914)

Short | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Wall-Eyed Pete, Curly Whiskerlegs and Rattlesnake Pete, known as the three guardsmen, get in bad with three pretty waitresses by misinterpreting the girls' request of the amorous trio that they "ask Aunt first." They ask the unattractive ...See moreWall-Eyed Pete, Curly Whiskerlegs and Rattlesnake Pete, known as the three guardsmen, get in bad with three pretty waitresses by misinterpreting the girls' request of the amorous trio that they "ask Aunt first." They ask the unattractive aunts - and are accepted at the aunts. To escape the aunts, they eagerly accept the job of driving 60 miles across the desert to Tombstone, to fetch a ton of fireworks for the projected Fourth of July celebration at Santa Banana. The Amusement Committee warns them that they must not waste the city's funds on liquor and gambling. Arriving in Tombstone, they protect one another from the allurements of rye and poker, and start home with the fireworks, after the storekeeper, has smuggled a demijohn aboard with his compliments. The guardsmen are warned by Capt. Wheeler's Rangers that the bandits are on the road. In a gulch the outfit is overtaken by twenty bandits. After a fight the guardsmen are captured. The bandits discover the firewater and hold an orgy around the campfire close to the explosives. That night Wall-Eyed Pete wheedles the Lone Guard into letting him smoke a cheroot. With it he burns the thongs from Curly's wrists, and, after setting fire to the wagon, they escape on one horse. The air is filled with a dazzling pyrotechnic display, which drives the drunken bandits in every direction. Next day the three guardsmen meet the rangers and send them back after the bandits. Meantime, at Santa Banana the Fourth of July celebration languishes, the crowd loudly demanding fireworks as advertised. The Committee, deciding that the guardsmen are off on a drunk, send a gun-man after them. He brings them in. Their tale of heroic daring is scoffed at. On the plea that the three guardsmen owe it to the town to make good by furnishing some sort of celebration, the Committee on Amusements decide to lynch them "to make a Roman holiday." The three bellicose aunts rush to the rescue of the unhappy heroes. Thus intimidated, the Committee gallantly waive the point, confer with the parson and decide to change the punishment. The horrified guardsmen are given their choice of marrying the aunts on the spot or being lynched. After a vain appeal to the still haughty girls, the boys ungallantly chose hanging, whereupon the outraged aunts attack the guardsmen. The nieces start to interpose but the ruction is interrupted by the entrance of Wheeler's rangers, bringing a string of captive bandits, who make signs that they still see sky-rockets and pin wheels. Explanations and apologies follow, and the boys are hailed as heroes. The girls relent and the right sort of wedding ensues, to the huge delight of the whole assembled population of Santa Banana. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Jan 26, 1914 (United States)

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Sydney Ayres
Wall-Eyed Pete - the 1st Guardsman Wall-Eyed Pete - the 1st Guardsman   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Curly Whiskerlegs - the 2nd Guardsman Curly Whiskerlegs - the 2nd Guardsman   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Rattlesnake Pete - the 3rd Guardsman (as Harry Van Meter) Rattlesnake Pete - the 3rd Guardsman (as Harry Van Meter)   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Petaluma Petaluma   See fewer
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Julius Frankenburg
Colonel Mazuma Colonel Mazuma   See fewer
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William Tedmarsh
Toothpick Slaughter Toothpick Slaughter   See fewer
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Jacques Jaccard
Hair Trigger Bill Hair Trigger Bill   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Widow Slumgulian - the 1st Aunt Widow Slumgulian - the 1st Aunt   See fewer
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Caroline Frances Cooke
Liza Jane Yerner - the 2nd Aunt (as Caroline Cooke) Liza Jane Yerner - the 2nd Aunt (as Caroline Cooke)   See fewer
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Edith Borella
Widow Squawbuck - the 3rd Aunt Widow Squawbuck - the 3rd Aunt   See fewer
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Charlotte Burton
Tapioca Tapioca   See fewer
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Violet Knights
Cactus Blossom (as Violet Neitz) Cactus Blossom (as Violet Neitz)   See fewer
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Chick Morrison
Dad Kilgore (as Charles Morrison) Dad Kilgore (as Charles Morrison)   See fewer
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Pete Morrison
Captain Wheeler (as George Morrison) Captain Wheeler (as George Morrison)   See fewer
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Perry Banks
Reverend Nosey Splicer Reverend Nosey Splicer   See fewer
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Dorothy Fischer
Actress Actress   See fewer
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