Plot: A rich man seeks to marry off his daughter, so a line of suitors soon emerges to try to win her hand. While the daughter (Bebe Daniels) longs for romance and love, she knows these potential beaus are just after her father’s money, so she takes little interest in the lot of them. But one manages to capture her attention, a hapless man named Harold (Harold Lloyd), who has no wealth of note, but does have a clear affection for the young woman. Of course, her father hopes a fellow man of means will marry her, so he tries to ward off Harold. Will true love win out and see Harold win her hand, or will her father and the rivals ensure he is booted out?
Entertainment Value: This Harold Lloyd short runs under ten minutes, but thanks to Lloyd’s signature slapstick approach, even that brief run time manages to fit in a wealth of laughs. Lloyd’s role here is an ideal one for him, the likable, but unlikely suitor of a rich man’s daughter. This allows him to be the underdog and outwit his rivals, which of course leads to all kinds of humorous situations. Lloyd shines as always and his chemistry with frequent costar Bebe Daniels is remarkable, the two just work so well together in these light romances. You can also see Lloyd regulars William Blaisdell and Snub Pollard, so you know even the smaller roles are well played. I think the finale to A Gasoline Wedding is the most effective and memorable part, but the entire short is fun and a must see for silent film fanatics.