Charlie gets word that a rich uncle has died, leaving him millions. Attorneys advise him to repair to a resort and avoid gold diggers. Once there, word spreads among the single women, and several try to ensnare him. At first he's gullible, then he cottons on, so when Thelma, a wealthy young woman, mistakes him for a fortune hunter, he dismisses her as well. A manager's error puts Charlie and Thelma in the same suite, and both think the other is prospecting. A dressing gown, radio, bare feet, pistol, keyhole, fountain pen, bedcovers, and a suspicious hotel detective join the mix-up. But wait, was the inheritance a mistake? Written by
This is the funniest Charley Chase short I've ever seen, and I must have seen close to thirty of them by now, virtually all of them silent. This one's a talkie.
It's got a lot of genuine laughs, as compared with the usual faint smile, occasional titter and a lot of rolling of the eyes. It's long enough to have a couple of good running gags.
The plot is pretty simple. Charley inherits two million dollars and goes to a resort hotel to avoid gold-diggers. Thelma Todd arrives at the same hotel a bit later for the same reason. She asks for her usual suite, and the manager evicts Charley from it and moves him to a room on a different floor.
Unfortunately, he doesn't have a chance to tell Charley about this relocation before Our Hero goes into the room he thinks is his and finds Thelma there. Each are convinced that the other is a gold-digger after his/her money, and wild antics ensue.
Todd is gorgeous as always, and gets to wear some high-class Art Deco threads in this one, since she's rich.
One of my favorite actors from the Roach stable, James Finlayson, the guy who screws up his face and pops one eye, shines as a particularly stupid house detective. He got the biggest laugh in the whole movie out of me.
If you like Charley Chase, you'll love this film. If you only see one Charley Chase short, make it this one.
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