In another Keaton family reunion, now with Jingles and Al St. John instead of Joe, as well as a partial remake of Roscoe Arbuckle’s “The Bell-Boy”, Elmer’s hillbilly family owns the sleepy and dusty Van Buren Hotel. In the opening scene, they’re shown sleeping, napping, and smoking pipes on the front porch. However, their life is not completely relaxing, as they need money to pay off a mortgage, and fast. A couple comes, and Elmer and his brother take them to their room. They’re newlyweds on their honeymoon, and the wife is depressed at the idea that the hotel is decrepit and old, and that the elevator is mule-powered. Elmer offers them a trailer for $350, but he’s left it in the “care” of Uncle Jed, who’s put his cow in it.
Elmer goes back to the couple, and tries to get them to keep the cow by saying it will provide fresh milk for their kids. They turn him down. Meanwhile, the tax collector Mr. Butts plans to foreclose the place. As the wife gets breakfast and Uncle Jed tries to pull the cow out, Elmer’s brother gives him a shave. Mr. Butts comes by and after his hat gets knocked off a few times by the overhead laundry basket, he goes into the elevator to see if it works. Unfortunately, the mule stops moving, keeping Mr. Butts suspended in the elevator, and the rope snaps, sending Mr. Butts down with a thud. He goes to get the sheriff and the couple begins to pack. However, the cow and her calf finally come out of the trailer, the couple likes and buys the trailer, and the money is given to the sheriff. Elmer’s family can now keep the hotel, and they celebrate by doing what they did at the beginning – sleeping, napping, and smoking pipes on the front porch. — Nick Ciccone