Charley Chase in “Hasty Marriage” (1931)
Forgotten early talkies comedy star Charley Chase is at his best in this 1931 Hal Roach Studios release “Hasty Marriage.” Scroll ahead to about 7:15 and you’ll see that Charley gets a job at the Consolidated Street Railways (aka Los Angeles Railway).
From Ralph Cantos, who discovered the clip:
The HAL ROACH Studios did a fantastic job making up a “mock trolley car” using all real LARy streetcar parts from a STANDARD.. Everything is real except for the Eclipse Fenders. All the cars interior is made of real parts window shades, longitude seat, controller, air gauge and brake ,NEXT CAR PLEASE sign,, the little white buzzer buttons on the window posts, head light, trolley catcher , sliding partition doors, trolley base, trolley hook, and bell. It was filmed on 2nd Ave between 48th St and 54th Streets. 2nd Ave was non revenue track used for training and deadheading cars going to and from Div.5. Note that when Charlie and his friends are waiting to board the trolley, there is no safety zones on 2nd Ave.