At the San Francisco office, Charley is competent and hard-working, but drives Mr. Morton, the boss, nuts because he takes everything literally - from "shake a leg" to "take the air." When an employee absconds with funds from the L.A. office, Morton seizes the chance to get a respite: he tells Charley to "take a hike to L.A. and run the office." The next morning, Charley sets off to hike to L.A. When Morton finds that out, he gives his daughter Muriel a description of Charley and tells her to find him and give him a train ticket south. She gives the ticket to the wrong guy, who steals her car. Can Charley get things back on track? Written by
All right, not literally. I have a few issues with this Charley Chase picture. First, he doesn't sing. Second, the set-up gag is that he takes everything literally and follows orders.
Once you get past these two issues, you find your typically fine Chase picture from this period. Gus Meins is listed as the director, but Chase directed his own pictures although he would consult with his brother or Leo MacCarey when they were supposed to be his director. His leading lady in this period is Muriel Evans, not as fine a comedienne as Thelma Todd nor as good an all-around performer as Helen Mack, but pretty and competent and a subtle skill in letting you know she was having a good time.
Plus there's Billy Gilbrt in a foul mood and a nice Roach-Studios puddle gag. No one was as consistently funny at such a fast pace as Chase was, and if you have a chance to see a film by him, do so.
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