Names have a special significance which seems either to mold the persons who bear them into the proper types or, perhaps, names just happen to fit the individuals to whom they belong. "Homer" seems to have that certain something which can be attached to no other and the fact that Edward Everett Horton has been able to grasp the distinction of the name "Homer Bits", makes his current picture an unbounded success.
Horton is the master of simplicity, credulity, and timidness in all his parts but his combination of the trio in "His Night Out" seems to surpass many of his previous efforts. As a pill-eating hypochondriac who buys medicine for a chain of drug stores, Homer is the meekest soul imaginable. But this same meekness and utterly unsophisticated manner makes him one of the most hilarious when he undergoes a third degree and thinks he is playing "Twenty Questions" with the police force.
Arliss is Still Arliss, full of platitudes and the wise philosophy of "Mr. Hobo". It is an entirely new part for him but one either enjoys of abhors the English actor for the way he talks and what he says rather than the way he always looks when he says it. If you are not yet satiated. "Mr. Hobo" will prove amusing although the whole picture as usual is based on Arliss alone without much attention being paid to the supporting cast. His pictures would regain a lot of their popularity if they were filled in with interesting minors.
The plots of neither of these pictures are new. In the former, the weak man turns he-devil half by accident and regains the stolen bonds and wins the girl. In the latter, the tramp becomes bank president and is threatened with exposure and has to live it down to make everything end happily. The Paramount News was received with anti-administration cheering while the Voice of Experience seems to remain unappreciated by this college audience despite the obvious sincerity of his human interest story. His dramatic showmanship seems to mar all his shorts. It is, altogether, a good examination period bill.