28 February 1926
|Director: Leo McCarey Producer: Hal Roach Dialogue: H.M. Walker (?)
Cinematography: ? Editor: ? Supervising director: F. Richard Jones
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|Charley and his wife Lolita (Mildred Harris) are attempting to dance to the Charleston in their living room, but Charley is unsuccessful and falls to the floor. She is clearly better than he is and tells him so with her body langauge. Charley retreats into a side room and having seen his pathetic performance, the helpful butler (Syd Crossley) offers to show Charley how to do the dance. Charley confesses that he already knows how to do it but to let on to the wife would mean he would be pestered into going out with her every night, so he has faked it.
As Charley demonstrates his skills to the butler, his wife walks into the room and catches him red-handed. She suspects that some other woman has been teaching him the moves, but Charley storms off in protest. In his gymnasium, he viciously assaults a dummy, but when his wife catches him, he continues his protest by smacking the pillow on his bed.
Across the hallway, Lolita's best friend (Vivien Oakland) pays her a visit, but when Lolita sees her dressed in a beautiful fur, she complains she has no good clothes because she never gets to go out. The nosey butler overhears this and quickly rushes to tell Charley, who walks out into the hallway minus his pants and encounters Vivien.
|Charley has decided that in order to fulfill his wife's desire for him to be more like his twin brother, he would order a new suit. He returns home wearing it, still with a reduced price tag attached to the back of it, much to the amusement of the butler.||IMAGE COMING SOON
•Copyrighted January 23, 1926.
•Production B-5 - Charley Chase series.
•Filmed October 27 - November 6, 1925. [source: Rob Stone]. According to Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds, the filming lasted until November 26th.
•The musicians in the background of the nightclub sequence were a real band - Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders.
•Partially reworked by Chase as Thin Twins (1929).
Did you notice?
•The opening scene shows a record: "The Original Charleston" by The Kickerbockers.
•Charley has a twin brother - Jim. Of course, in real life that was the name of Charley's real brother (James Parrott).
Charley Chase/Jim Chase
The Chase butler
Friend of the family
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