Should Husbands Pay?
Series: All-Stars Distribution: Pathé  Director: F. Richard Jones, Stan Laurel Cinematography: Harry W. Gerstad
Production: C-10 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach Editor: Richard C. Currier
Released: 05 September 1926 Length: 2-reels Titles: H.M. Walker Assistant director: Lloyd French


A flirt (Tyler Brooke) appears before a judge (Anders Randolf) charged with inappropriate behaviour towards a temptress blonde woman (Vivien Oakland) who tells of her ordeal.  After hearing her story, the judge sentences him to ninety days but his neighbor, Mr. Krum (James Finlayson) proposes that if the judge shows leniency then he will assume all responsibilty for the flirt's future actions.  The judge agrees, and releases the flirt into Krum's charge on a thirty day probation.
On the way home from the court, the two men spot a woman (Lyle Tayo) trying to cross a flooded road.  The flirt gallantly offers to help the stranded lady by giving her a ride on his back, but he topples over into the giant puddle, spilling his passenger.  Krum runs to a nearby building site and grabs a plank to assist the wet couple but his efforts only result in him getting wet too (and that's after he is hit by a brick launched by the angry site worker!)
The lady kindly offers for the two men to come back to her house to dry their clothes.  At the house, the trousers come off as they warm up by the fire as the woman's suspicious husband (Tiny Sandford) arrives home.  The flirt picks up a framed photograph of the husband on the mantle and ridicules him continuously, oblivious that the husband has entered the room and is watching them.
When the two men realise, the flirt makes a quick exit, leaving Mr. Krum at the mercy of the burly husband who roughs him up and drags him out of the house just as a group of reporters arrive with their cameras just in time for their scoop!  Fortunately they manage to escape in the back of a cab, as Krum reminds his friend that he has still got to be responsible for him for another month yet!

Favourite bit
What begins as a noble gesture from Tyler Brooke in wanting to help Lyle Tayo cross a flooded street turns into complete chaos, as they, along with Finlayson all end up in the puddle in slapstick fashion.

Production C-10 - All-Stars series.
Copyrighted July 26, 1926.

Filming dates
April 19 - May 5, 1926.

The courtroom typist looks like Ham Kinsey, but the print of the film I used for review makes it difficult to see for sure.
After Lyle Tayo tells the men to come back to her house to dry their clothes, her own wet clothes reveal her nipples rather clearly.  Surprised that slipped past the censor!

What the experts say

James Finlayson
Mr. Krum
Tyler Brooke
A married flirt
Vivien Oakland
Blonde in courtroom
Anders Randolf
Lyle Tayo
Tiny Sandford
Suspicious husband
  Charlotte Mineau
Mrs. Krum
  Martha Sleeper
The flirt's wife
Anita Garvin
Judge's wife
  Kay Deslys
  Sammy Brooks
  Helen Gilmore
  Jerry Mandy



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