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Another Wild Idea (1934)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  16 June 1934 (USA)
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Betty's father has an invention that looks like a fancy camera; it emits an ultra-lavender ray that temporarily rids the ray's target of inhibitions. To test it, Betty's father zaps Charley... See full summary »

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Betty's father has an invention that looks like a fancy camera; it emits an ultra-lavender ray that temporarily rids the ray's target of inhibitions. To test it, Betty's father zaps Charley hoping his newly-aberrant behavior will cause Betty to end her affections for the milquetoast. Dad's plan backfires: the invention works perfectly, Charley gets a backbone, and Betty loves her new forceful man. However, Charley's courage and lack of a superego get him in trouble with the law. He goes on trial for assaulting a bullying police officer. Is Charley going up the river leaving Betty high and dry? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Henry VIII
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Music by Marvin Hatley
Lyrics by Walter Weems
Performed by Charley Chase in Henry VIII costume
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Very dated Hal Roach comedy starring Charlie Chase...
24 August 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is the sort of comedy that Harold Lloyd was doing during the silent screen and doing it much better than executed here by CHARLIE CHASE.

He plays a nerdy chap who runs into all sorts of scrapes when trying to impress his equally wacky girlfriend and, at the same time, steering away from her overprotective father who doesn't want him coming near his daughter.

The flimsy story is so poorly acted (by Chase and the entire cast) with dreadful readings of every line, that it was all I could do to stay tuned in.

Some mild amusement at the situations, but everything is so overplayed that there's not a single convincing moment in the whole short.

Hal Roach should have seen that somebody toned Chase down, but maybe back then audiences accepted this sort of comedy. Doesn't pass muster today.

High point of the lame comic lines: "He gives me a pain in my--tuning fork."


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