Fate's Fathead  
 
17 November 1934
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
sound short
2-reels
 

Director: Charley Chase  Producer: Hal Roach  Cinematography: Francis Corby  Editor: William H. Terhune  Sound recording: James Greene

Charley wakes up in a good mood, breaking out into song and joined by his wife (Dorothy Appleby) as a singing duet.  They have breakfast (whilst singing) and Charley leaves.  Their housekeeper Many (Hattie McDaniel) confesses the only thing she has against Charley is that he is a man.
An arguing couple, Fanny and Man Mountain McGinnis (Dorothy Granger and Richard Alexander) are strolling through the park, complaining about his jealousy of her.  Charley happens to wander by and stops on a bridge in the near vicinity to say hello to a baby in a pram.  Due to his elevated position, his waving and calls of "hello baby" are misinterpreted by the lady who is seated on the bench who thinks Charley is addressing her and waving.  She storms off in a huff as Charley continues with his journey, eventually walking directly behind her.  She believes he is stalking her when he stops off at a florists to buy his wife some flowers.  Through a series of misunderstandings (and just really rotten timing), Fanny let's Charley know she is not happy with him and threatens blackmail.
Charley arrives back home with his flowers and rings the doorbell, then disappears around the back and climbs into his house through a window as his wife opens the front door and finds her surprise.  Charley confronts her over the flowers, making her believe they are from another man, but she is wise to him.
The lady whom Charley had inadventently offended earlier arrives at his house.  When Charley realises he runs off to leave his wife to answer the door.  It turns out the two women know each other from long ago and quickly engage in gossip.  Fanny tells Dorothy about the man who accosted her earlier that day and then sees Charley's photograph in the house and points him out.  Sure that Fanny has mistaken him for someone else, Mrs. Chase summons Charley to prove his innocence.  An embarrassed Charley has to endure more from the strange woman, who pushes her blackmail a little further with him.
During dinner, things escalate between Charley and his unwanted guest.  Even the housekeeper sees the flirting going on under the table as Charley drops the salt.  Still unconvinced, Mrs. Chase accepts her friend's ploy to flush out Charley by scheming to get him to kiss her upon her request whilst his wife rushes in to catch them.

  Favourite bit
Undecided.

Facts
•Production C-27 - Charley Chase series.
•Copyrighted December 14, 1934.
•The song that Charley sings with his wife in the opening scenes is "What About Another Cup Of Coffee?"
•This film is a partial remake of "Ruby Lips" (a Charley Chase short from 1929).
Did you notice?
•Charley and his wife sleep in separate beds.
Charley spends $2 on the bouquet of flowers for his wife.
•When Charley arrives home with the flowers, he enters the house by opening a window downstairs as his wife goes to answer the front door.  Surely she must have noticed the window was wide open?  Also, it doesn't say much for their security that anyone could just come along and easily get access to the house that way!

Charley Chase
Charley Chase
Dorothy Appleby
Dorothy Chase
Dorothy Granger
Fanny McGinnis
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Richard Alexander
Man Mountain McGinnis
Hattie McDaniel
Many, the maid
Margaret Nearing
Flower girl
Tonia Brady
Baby

UNIDENTIFIED
Woman with baby

ON LOCATION IN HOLLENBECK PARK


ON LOCATION IN MACARTHUR (WESTLAKE) PARK 

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Acknowledgements:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025103/ (IMDb.com)
"Smile When The Raindrops Fall" by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds (book)
"The Charley Chase Talkies 1929-1940" by James L. Neibaur (book)
Jim Dallape (title card and credits)
Stan Taffel (poster)

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