Series: Charley Chase

Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker

Stars: Charley Chase, Emma Tansey, Marie Mosquini
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 22 June 1924
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: D-56
Filming dates: March 9-17, 1924
Rating: 5/10

Young Oldfield

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We're at the Great International Automobile Race, where Jimmy Jump (CHARLEY CHASE) is leading the pack of race cars around the track. He wins easily and is later photographed by a film crew and congratulated by fans. However, Jimmy spots his rival, Barney Oldfield (playing himself) in the pits and goes over to offer his commiserations. But alas, it turns out to be a dream. In the present, Jimmy is back in his drugs store with his elderly mother (EMMA TANSEY) who tells him they need $8 in order to pay the mortgage which is due by mid-day. Jimmy devises a plan to get people into his store so he sets up an electric fan to blow cold air into the street. Suddenly everybody starts sneezing and flock to the store to buy cough drops. Of course Jimmy isn't immune and he himself begins sneezing too! The landlord who holds the mortgage on the store shows up for a drink and rubs it in Jimmy's face that he will soon own the store, however Jimmy tells him that mother has gone to pay the due mortgage.
With just twenty-five minutes to go until the deadline Jimmy's mother gets to the landlord's house to pay his wife but she finds she has forgotten to bring the money and telephones Jimmy to tell him. Jimmy grabs the cash box and hires the slowest car around and makes his way to the house. He is stopped by the sheriff on account of the road race which is taking place. Jimmy asks one of the racing drivers to borrow his car and then drives off at lightning speed, taking the landlord with him against his will. After a chaotic drive along the train tracks and being pursued by a locomotive, Jimmy finally crashes through the wall of the landlord's house just before noon. He hands over the money and their store is saved. And then Joe Cobb sneezes as the film ends. Am I missing something here?

Favourite bit
I don't think Jimmy liked the landlord very much.

Copyrighted May 12, 1924.
The 13th film in the series.
Charley Chase drives car number 12. Later when he is on the way to the bank he drives car number 13.
Helen Gilmore's daughter is called Lucretia. Bleedin' hell, who calls their kid 'Lucretia'?!
The scenes involving the train tunnel were shot at Santa Susana Tunnel.
At least one source lists Noah Young as being in the film. This is wrong.
My opinion
After a slow start the film picks up towards the final few minutes with the train scenes. I didn't understand the ending?

Charley Chase
Jimmy Jump
Emma Tansey
Jimmy's mother
Marie Mosquini
"Talky" Ann
Joe Cobb
Ed Brandenburg
Chet Brandenburg
Jimmy's co-driver
Jack Hill
Barney Oldfield
Helen Gilmore
Lucretia's mother
Willis Marks


CREDITS (click image to enlarge) INTERTITLES (click image to enlarge)

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Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds (book)
Chris Bungo (locations help)
Jesse Brisson (identification of the Brandenburg brothers and Jack Hill)

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