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Rubber Tires (1927)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 February 1927 (USA)
The Stack family of New York City has fallen on difficult financial times. Pa Stack squandered the family's money by buying a home in Newhall, California, hoping that there would be oil on the land.


Alan Hale


Frank Condon (story), Tay Garnett (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Bessie Love ... Mary Ellen Stack
Erwin Connelly Erwin Connelly ... Pa Stack
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Charley Stack (as Junior Coghlan)
May Robson ... Mrs. Stack
Harrison Ford ... Bill James
John Patrick John Patrick ... Dudley Blake
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Mexican


The Stack family of New York City has fallen on difficult financial times. Pa Stack squandered the family's money by buying a home in Newhall, California, hoping that there would be oil on the land.

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Release Date:

7 February 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Thousand Reward See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car Bessie Love buys is a Royal Tourist, probably a 1905 model. It is white (most cars of that era were black), has the steering wheel mounted on the right side, and has an external hand brake mounted outside the driver's door. The company ceased production around 1910, so the billboard advertising a 1927 model is fake. See more »

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Bessie Love in an A-1 Comedy Gem!
21 October 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

I didn't realize that Alan Hale enjoyed a brief career as a director in the 1920s. If the most amusing and delightful "Rubber Tires" (1927) is typical of his output, he was indeed an extremely competent artist who could not only produce great performances from his players, but extract plenty of smoothly pleasant fun from his script. Mind you, his players, led by the delightful Bessie Love, handsome Harrison Ford, heart-of-gold if seemingly grouchy May Robson and amusingly luckless Erwin Connelly, were certainly mighty talented to start off with, although Hale assuredly brings out all their natural charisma. His locations and the cars themselves also prove enormous fun to look at. In contrast to his own movie presence, Hale's touch and timing are not in any way heavy, but surprisingly light and subtle. True, there is a comically emphatic Jewish trader who moves the action along most successfully. Hale skilfully uses this frantically conventional figure of fun to make a splendid contrast with the hazard-prone, cross-country trekking Stack ensemble. I enjoyed Miss Bessie Love's ingratiating performance a lot more in this charmingly diverting excursion than her rowdy little trouper in "The Broadway Melody" (1929) or her nondescript heroine of "The Lost World" (1925).

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