Okay Toots!  
 
02 February 1935
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
sound short
2-reels

 

Directors: Charley Chase, WIlliam H. Terhune  Producer: Hal Roach
Cinematography: Art Lloyd  Editor: Bert Jordan  Sound recording: William Randall

The office is buzzing with excitement when one of the workers announces that Charley has invested in the company General Motors and made a lot of money.  He is praised by the boss (Ferdinand Munier) and then calls his wife on the phone to tell her the good news.  A merry song follows to both her and his fellow colleages in the office.
Upon leaving the building Charley jumps into his car but finds he is unable to move when an inconsiderate driver reverses his own car to park tightly in front of Charley.  Charley challenges the irate motorist (Charlie Hall) but he is advised to move his car back a little.  No sooner does Charley take that advice, another car reversed into the spot Charley just pulled out from.  It is established that the second driver happens to be the brother of the first driver!  Not wishing to become embroiled in an argument Charley withdraws and decides to physically move the car parked behind his own in order to drive out of his tight spot, when the angry owner (Ben Taggart) comes rushing out of a building to stop him.  Charley tries to explain the situation to the disgruntled owner but during it, the guy in front gets in his car and drives off, leaving Charley with plenty of room to move.
Charley gets into his car and drives off... with the other man's car attached to his rear bumper!  The car owner calls for the police and an officer arrives on the scene to sort out the problem.  Surprisingly the officer defends Charley and points the finger of blame at the motorist.  The motorist turns out to be the police commissioner and fires the cop on the spot.  Charley has the last laugh though when the traffic cop pushes him into the commissioner's car and dents it.
Charley arrives home to find the street outside his house crowded with parked cars and discovers his wife has visitors.
IMAGE COMING SOON

  Favourite bit
Undecided.

Facts
•Production C-29 - Charley Chase series.
•Copyrighted May 2, 1935.
•This was the first of four appearances in a Charley Chase short from Constance Bergen.
•The song Charley sings to his wife down the telephone is "I've Found My Place In The Sun".
Did you notice?
•The glass panel door which Charley opens to leave the office has the words "Universal Importers Inc." etched on it (though it is seen backwards).
•After Charley confronts the irate man and his obnoxious brother on the street he turns to walk back to his car.  On the bottom-left of the screen you can see a man wearing a white hat, reflected in the car's side window and crouching down pushing the film camera along the street:

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Charley Chase
Charley Chase
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jeanie Roberts
Emily 'Toots' Chase
Constance Bergen
Mrs. Brown
Ferdinand Munier
Mr. Brown, the boss
Charlie Hall
Irate motorist
Ed Brandenburg
Irate motorist's brother
Ben Taggart
Police commissioner Alfred J. Smith
Jack Thomas
Traffic cop
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Harry Bernard
Neighbor
Ellinor Vanderveer
Madame Gaga, fortune teller
Hattie McDaniel
Hattie, the maid
Stanley Price
Office worker
Grace Goodall
Party guest
May Wallace
Party guest
Allan Cavan
Doctor Kinsey
Scotty Mattraw
Mr. Jones
Bess Flowers
Woman consoling Toots
Baldwin Cooke
Office worker
  Frank Benson
Butler
  Margaret Morgan
Woman on street
  Bea Nigro
Woman on street
  Pietro Sosso
Butler
  Edward Thomas
Butler
  Polly Chase
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UNIDENTIFIED
Switchboard operator in office


Acknowledgements:
Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds (book)
The Charley Chase Talkies 1929-1940 by James L. Neibaur (book)

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