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After being beaten to a story of scandal involving Countess Polasky, James W. Hornby assigns his son 24 hours to find an even more scandalous story about the countess. After spending the ... See full summary »

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After being beaten to a story of scandal involving Countess Polasky, James W. Hornby assigns his son 24 hours to find an even more scandalous story about the countess. After spending the night in the wrong street looking for the wrong countess, he comes up with a plan: the butler will be seen in a comprimising situation with the countess, and then photographed. The countess, who is sick of reporters, has other ideas... Written by Paul L

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A decent but not especially distinguished Stan Laurel film
18 October 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Tyler Brooke is the son of a newspaper owner. His father is angry because the other local rags are finding better scandals than paper and demands the son dig up some dirt on a vamp who is in town. Now this begs the viewer to wonder if the newspaper has any reporters other than Brooke. You'd think they would but you never see any and all this pressure is placed on Brooke to get the scoop. So Brooke decides the best thing to do is arrange for a scandal himself, so he gets his dopey butler (played by Stan Laurel) to pose as a rich man and make love to the vamp while Brooke is nearby with his camera.

While Stan Laurel is in the film, he really isn't the lead and this was made in the pre-Laurel and Hardy days. Oddly, while Brooke is clearly the lead, the film gives the vamp, Lillian Rich, top billing--though she is on hand mostly like a decoration. The plot itself could have been very funny, but there honestly aren't all that many good laughs in the film. So it's not a particularly distinguished film and mostly only of interest to Laurel and Hardy die-hards who want to see all of their films (both before and after their pairing) or perhaps silent movie die-hards. Either way, the average person probably won't be particularly impressed by the relatively tame antics.

By the way, I agree with "wmorrow59"--you gotta love the art deco outfits and apartment of Ms. Rich--particularly the spiderweb curtains.


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