Fighting Fluid
Series: Charley Chase Distribution: Pathé Exchange  Director: Leo McCarey Cinematography: Len Powers
Production: D-78 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: ?
Released: 01 February 1925 Length: 1-reel Titles: H.M. Walker


DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Charley Chase stars as Jimmy Jump, an office clerk who seems to be the recipient of many practical jokes by his colleagues.  When he gets a moment he makes a telephone call to his sweetheart (the boss's daughter, played by Marie Mosquini), but is annoyed when a man's voice answers.  Charley wanders into the boss's office and takes what he thinks is a drink of water (the container has been filled by the boss with alcohol).  Charley drinks from it, steadily getting drunk until he has summed up the courage to confront the man he heard on the phone.
After arriving at the house (and an hilarious moment where the butler opens the door like a wound spring!), Charley storms in, finds the man he is looking for (one of the pratical jokers from his office), smacks him in the mouth, grabs his girlfriend, plants a kiss on her mouth and tells her they are getting married!
The couple walk along the street until the girlfriend twists her ankle, which prompts Charley to seek help.  In his absence, a couple of shop workers carry a mannequin out into the street and walk off with it; whilst the girlfriend is picked up by her passing father in a car.  Upon his return Charley mistakes the doll for his girlfriend and pursues the men carrying 'her'.  They drop one of the legs and Charley picks it up and takes it to her house, believing it belongs to her.  He quickly realises of course that it doesn't.  At that moment, the practical joker flees from the girlfriend's house having stolen the mother's necklace.  Charley throws the artificial leg at the robber and knocks him out cold (again).  Charley is the hero and receives the father's blessing.

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Production D-78 - Hal Roach series with Charley Chase.
Copyrighted December 26, 1924.

Filming dates
October 30 - November 4, 1924.

There are 9 intertitle cards throughout the film (they are listed below).
Charley Chase works for the Capitol Insurance Company.
In the boss's office Charley Chase consumes an excessive amount of alcohol.  Unfortunately this wasn't just an on-screen performance by Chase.  He was drinking heavily off-screen as well, a problem which ultimately contributed to his premature death just fifteen years later.

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DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Charley Chase
Jimmy Jump
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Marie Mosquini
The boss's daughter
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Pierre Couderc
Jules Mendel
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Clara Guiol
Ed Porter
The boss



Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds (book)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Ed Porter)

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