Charley is an efficiency expert trying to teach a millionaire's daughter the value of money.





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Charley Chase
Todd's Butler


A wealthy man wants his three free-spending daughters, who are in their twenties, to learn fiscal discipline. An attorney suggests that Charley, an efficiency expert, move in and provide guidance. The young women play a trick on the stiff-necked Charley by having Thelma, one of the sisters, switch places with Greta, their garboesque maid. Greta plays her part well, vamping and flirting with Charley, to the chagrin of her husband, the butler. Eventually, Charley smells a rat and, in his nightshirt, confronts Thelma in her bedroom. Lessons in frugality give way to farce as a shotgun and suit of armor provide the props of a dénouement. Written by <>

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Comedy | Short





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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Not a Classic But Plenty of Laughs
25 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Nickle Nurser, The (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Efficiency expert Charley Chase is hired by a father who wants him to teach his three daughters the value of a buck and make them understand that they can't just keep spending money. Chase arrives at the house but the third daughter (Thelma Todd) pretends to be a servant while the real servant takes her new position a tad bit too serious, which causes her crazy butler/husband (Billy Gilbert) to go off the deep end. This is yet another winning short from Chase who wants again proves that he deserves more credit in today's age when it seems all that people remember are Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. In this film he gets to do show many sides of his comic talent but I think what I enjoyed most were his reactions. There's a strong supporting cast here so it's not necessary for him to do everything so this allows him to simply react to the madness that the others are doing. I loved his facial gestures and one of the highlights is when the girl's order some expensive underwear and Chase decides to show them what cheap underwear is. Another terrific sequence is when the Belle Hare character decides to play it rich and ends up acting like Greta Garbo (the characters name is also Greta). The film has one nice laugh after another and once again Chase and Todd do great work together.

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