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The Panic Is On (1931)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  15 August 1931 (USA)
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Charley's in love with the daughter of a financier who wants her to insist that Chas have a pile of cash before she marries him. But, the Depression is everywhere: Charley's behind on his ... See full summary »

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Charley's in love with the daughter of a financier who wants her to insist that Chas have a pile of cash before she marries him. But, the Depression is everywhere: Charley's behind on his rent and nearly everyone he meets is down on their luck. After reading a "how to" book on the power of a forceful will, Charley applies the lessons with mixed results, but he does land a job that includes delivering a shake-down letter to his girlfriend's father. Is the naïve Charley going to end up in jail? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Written by Charley Chase
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One of Chase's Best
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Panic is On, The (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Charlie Chase plays a weak man who reads a book on how to get tough and get your way so he sets off in the Depression Era to find a job so that he can marry his girl. This short features all sorts of jokes about the Depression so I'm curious as to how well this thing would have played back in 1931 but today it is pretty funny. The film starts off a little weak but picks up when Chase goes to get a job and ends up getting mixed up with crooks. The highlight is a scene where Chase keeps punching the wall, which is knocking stuff over in the other room.


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