Percival Montague marries a penniless American and is disowned by his father, Lord Battleaxe, an English Duke. Monty and wife Mary head to the United States, promising to make a fortune. A ... See full summary »

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Percival Montague marries a penniless American and is disowned by his father, Lord Battleaxe, an English Duke. Monty and wife Mary head to the United States, promising to make a fortune. A few months later, they're looking for work of any kind. They hire on as waiter and cook at a nice Manhattan hotel. Monty shaves his mustache, but can't stop using his monocle, so he's teased constantly by the other hotel staff. He runs into trouble when people he knows arrive at the hotel. He pretends to be a fellow guest, joins them in revelry, and may lose his job. Mary is alarmed. Monty decides to tell his friends the real reason he's dressed as he is. Is this their lot? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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14 June 1916 (USA)  »

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A Comedy Without the Laughs
30 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Help (1916)

** (out of 4)

Sidney Drew plays a man of high class who gets kicked out of the family after he marries a poor American woman (Mrs. Sidney Drew). The two then move to America where they get work in a rich hotel where you just know things are going to go wrong. I'm really not sure what the history behind this film is but Turner Classic Movies prepared it for showing and gave it a new music score. Why they did that is beyond me because the film really isn't that funny especially when you consider what type of movies this would have been going against back in 1916. He was the uncle of John, Lionel and Ethel Barrymore so perhaps that had something to do with it. It appears Mr. Drew was in nearly two-hundred films so apparently he had something working but it doesn't show here. There really doesn't appear to be any attempt at humor as everything is played pretty straight, which again is strange considering the films this would have been shown against. I would certainly be open to checking out more of his work but I do hope it's better than this.


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