Charley, hoping to find cultured people in his ancestry in order to be suitable to Muriel's family, is tricked by his rival Ronnie into believing himself a descendant of Tarzan. Conked on ... See full summary »
Charley, hoping to find cultured people in his ancestry in order to be suitable to Muriel's family, is tricked by his rival Ronnie into believing himself a descendant of Tarzan. Conked on the head, Charley suddenly believes he IS Tarzan. Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is an amazingly poor short--and this really surprised me. First, I love Charley Chase films--he was a very funny and talented man and had made many wonderful films. Second, the idea of a Tarzan parody is very fertile ground for comedy--as evidenced by Jimmy Durante's character 'Schnarzan' in "Hollywood Party". How the Hal Roach Studio was able to screw this short up so badly is beyond me....but it IS pretty poor.
Charley is interested in a rich society lady, but his own genealogical roots are uncertain. So, he pays to have his family background investigated. A jokester intercepts the letter and inserts his own--saying that Charley is a direct descendant of Tarzan (yes, I know this makes no sense...). There is a funny bit involving a phone call--the only seriously funny part of the film. Soon after, he conks himself on the head and what follows is an amazingly unfunny sequence where he imagines he's Tarzan. While seeing Charley wearing a derby and glasses while in an animal skin is mildly funny, it only gets worse after this. Bad talking animal bits (where the lips don't even closely approximate what is being said), cheap and grainy animal footage, people in ape suits and the like are used with no real attempt at comedy...none. Sad and unfunny.
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