Series: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Stars: Charley Chase, Martha Sleeper
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 14 September 1924
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: D-69
Filming dates: June 23-26, 1924;
added scenes July 14-15, 1924
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George Rowe is thrown into the street by his angry wife (Lyle Tayo) for coming home and calling her 'Blondie'. SHe then sends a telegram to her brother (Leo Willis) claiming that the husband beats her. Meanwhile, Jimmy's bride (Beth Darlington) sits on the steps of the church wondering why her groom (Charley Chase) hasn't showed up to their wedding. Jimmy is woken by his landlady and he quickly jumps out of his window in his pajamas when he sees a runaway horse carrying a female passenger (Martha Sleeper) in a carriage coming down the street. Jimmy intervenes and manages to bring the horse to a stop, to the grateful appreciation of the young lady. Jimmy (and half the people in the town, it seems) then makes his way back on foot in a state of undress but is caught by a cop who tries to handcuff him but Jimmy gives him the slip.
An annoying book salesman tries to sell his personally-signed Shakespeare books to the angry housewife but she isn't interested. She sees Jimmy outside her window and engages him to pose as her husband in order to get rid of the man. Just then the woman's brother turns up at the house to deal with her bully husband, as instructed in the telegram. He wastes no time in going after the man in his sister's house, firing his gun all over the place, believing Jimmy to be the bully husband whom he obviously hasn't met. The woman explains the situation and all is forgiven. Until her husband, the cop, Jimmy's bride and her father all descend upon the house at the same time to confront Jimmy!! The film ends on an interesting scene with the theatre manager telling the audience that they are all entitled to a refund at the box office!
Talk your way out of THAT, Charley!
• Copyrighted October 2, 1924.
• At least one source lists Eddie Baker in an undisclosed role. I didn't see him in the film and have not included him in my cast listing.
What the experts say
• "A rather decent effort from Charley Chase here with a good climax and some enjoyable moments. Martha Sleeper's all-too-short scene is merely a time filler, which seems such a shame." ~ Lord Heath.
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