Series: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Stars: Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, Al Hallett
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 18 January 1925
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: D-77
Filming dates: October 22-23, 1924; retakes November 25, 1924
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A man is sneaking into a house in the dead of night but his wife turns the light on to see that it is in fact her husband Charley skulking about trying to turn the radio on. A knock at the front door reveals a baby abandoned in a basket, which Charley brings into the home. A quick 'check' from the wife confirms the sex of the child as male. They take the child into their bedroom and try to settle down to sleep with it. At 3 a.m. the couple are up and pacing the room as the baby cries. Charley tries to entertain the child by doing hand-stands up against the wall before he realises he has his trousers on back-to-front, whilst his wife dances in a fez hat. Nothing seems to work so Charley leaves to fetch the local doctor.
He is stopped by a bored cop with nothing better to do and told to fix the headlight on his car. Charley demonstrates that each time he fixes one light the other goes out. Eventually he hits the lights and they both fall to the ground. Charley drives off down the street and stops at a lamp post. After climbing to the top of it he reads the sign which advises him of the wet paint on it. After getting his foot stuck in a manhold cover Charley finds the doctor's house and drags him out of the house and back to his own where the doctor quickly concludes that all the baby needs is feeding! So Charley goes into the kitchen and prepares a full sized meal which includes lobster for the baby. Naturally his wife protests. Charley then pours milk into a rubber glove and after pricking a hole in one of the fingers, gives it to the baby to drink. This seems to do the trick and so ends one of the most unusual, most pointless films I have ever seen in my whole life!
Katherine Grant doing the splits! Wow!
• Copyrighted December 26, 1924.
• Premiered January 11, 1925.
• When Charley brings the baby into the house he says he will protect the little girl with his life. How did he know the baby was female without, well..... you know..... having a look first? The baby is in fact a boy.
• The doctor answers his door pretty lively for somebody who just woke him up in the middle of the night!
• Although Charley and his wife are never identified by name during the film, it is a good bet that he was playing his Jimmy Jump character, which would have been fitting for the era in which the film was made.
• There is a brief moment in the final scene where Katherine Grant leans over on the bed and exposes a large amount of her left breast.
What the experts say
• "Really strange film with very little plot, a very bored policeman, an angry doctor, a selfish mother, and a crying baby. " ~ Lord Heath.
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