House of Errors


1h 5m 1942

Brief Synopsis

Bert (Harry Langdon) and Alf (Charles Rogers) are fired from their jobs as delivery "boys" for a newspaper. They decide to be reporters on their own and set out to get a story on the inventor of a new machine gun. The inventor hates reporters so the boys pose as a valet and a butler and are hired. A reporter (Ray Walker) from their old newspaper shows up and gains admission by claiming to represent an American Legion paper, while a friend of the family and a phony representative of an arms manufacturer also show up with intentions of stealing the gun. Bert and Alf, suspicious of the pair, steal the gun themselves to protect it. They arrive back, after a night of misadventures at a flophouse, just as the crooks are making off with a dummy gun and the inventor's daughter (Marian Marsh).

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 10, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,987ft

Synopsis

Newspaper office messengers Alf and Bert are fired because of their sheer stupidity, but they aspire to be full-fledged reporters like Jerry Fitzgerald. They hit on a plan to take notes on everything that occurs in their lives and thereby come up with a story to sell to a newspaper. While taking notes, they overhear editor Carr complaining to lovelorn columnist Molly that Jerry has once again disappeared just when he wants him to interview Hiram Randall, a newspaper-hating inventor who is testing his new machine gun. Afterward, Molly calls Jerry at a hospital, where he is flirting with a nurse named Florence. Bert and Alf listen in as Carr recites Randall's address to Jerry over the phone. Knowing that Randall hates reporters, Alf and Bert decide to impersonate servants, and coincidentally, Randall's wife Martha is expecting new servants to report for work. When Jerry shows up pretending to be from the War Veterans' Bulletin, Randall, sympathetic to the veterans, agrees to an interview. Alf and Bert promise not to reveal Jerry's true identity, and all of them overhear conversations which lead them to believe that Paul Gordon and Drake, potential gun buyers, are plotting to steal the plans for the weapon. Jerry also overhears Gordon tell Drake that he is ensuring that all of Randall's tests will fail in order to force the price down. Gordon also intends to marry Randall's daughter Florence, who happens to be the nurse that both Jerry and Bert are after. When Jerry tries to kiss her, Gordon strikes him, and Randall throws Jerry out of the house upon discovering he is a reporter. Jerry tries to warn Florence about Gordon, but she does not believe him. When Randall's test fails, Drake tells him that he will report the failure to his company, which will withdraw its interest in manufacturing the weapon. Gordon then slyly appeals to Florence to marry him so that he can help her father. Jerry makes another attempt at warning Florence, but she rebuffs him. Later, the Randalls go out of town overnight, leaving Bert and Alf to watch over the house. Late that night, a storm causes a power failure and Drake brings a thug to the house, intending to break in and steal the gun. After several failed attempts at distracting Bert and Alf, Drake, wearing a fake beard, frightens Bert, who drops the keys to Randall's laboratory. Drake gets the gun and replaces it with a fake weapon. Bert retaliates by setting off a gas bomb that disables Drake and his thug, and Bert and Alf escape with the real gun. When Jerry arrives, he unwittingly takes the fake gun and puts it outside a window, but Drake steals it and escapes, and the Randalls have Jerry arrested. Gordon convinces Florence to elope with him, while Jerry waits for Carr to bail him out of jail. Bert and Alf spend most of the night in a boardinghouse, but return just as a freed Jerry is warning the Randalls about Florence's elopement. Gordon and Florence are flying over the Randall home in a biplane when Bert fumbles with the gun and unintentionally fires it. The shots strike the plane, which crashes into the Randall house. Florence is unharmed, and Bert thinks she is now his until she embraces Jerry. However, Bert is rewarded when Florence faints because of a loud noise and lands in his lap.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 10, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,987ft

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Notes

This was the last film on which noted silent film comedian Harry Langdon received featured credits over the title, and was the last film of actress Marian Marsh.