Charlie has just married; he loves his wife, but he's plagued by her sister, Celeste, and Celeste's dog, Fifi, who live with them. Celeste has no job, encamps in the bathroom, and generally sours the mood. On Monday morning, after a series of mishaps, Charlie's in Dutch with his boss for arriving late, so, to make good, he volunteers Celeste to escort an important client that evening. After a few more mix-ups, the boss, his fiancée, the client, Celeste, Charlie, and his wife go to a nightclub. A mustard plaster, plenty of booze, a bunch of balloons, and an engagement ring figure in the climax. Will anyone escape with dignity intact? Written by
This short has an overall IMDb score of 9.5?! This can't be the same short I saw.
While the average Charley Chase short has a score between 6 and 7 on IMDb, for some odd reason, this one as of my review is 9.5. I just can't see why, as this is a good short but certainly not a great one! I have a feeling once more people vote on this film, the score will drop significantly--especially since Turner Classic Movies has recently shown quite a few Chase films.
This short, like most of Chase's others, was directed by Chase himself--using his real name "Charles Parrott". The film begins with a very unusual singing sequence, where Charley and his wife sing about their wedded bliss. The song is pretty sappy, but does a great job of setting up the rest of the film--since his obnoxious sister-in-law is staying with them and doing her best to interfere with the couple's happiness. Surprisingly, Chase had a very amiable voice and it was even better than that of his female lead. I really admired this sequence because it was different and had me EXPECTING a sappy film but delivered a far different product! Charley is in trouble at work and to try to get back in his boss' good graces, he offers to set up his sister-in-law with a client. However, when the client and his boss arrive at Chase's house, she is gone and Charley's own wife pretends to be the single sister-in-law! Then, after they tell this lie, the sister-in-law shows up and Charley panics--telling them that SHE is his wife! This is all pretty cute and very reminiscent of an earlier Chase short, LOOSER THAN LOOSE. In a way, it's too bad that the innovative opening led to just a re-tread of a plot. Also, while the overall film is pretty good, the movie ends very poorly--with a funny but very stupid conclusion. Not a great film, but worth your time and a bit better than the average Chase talking comedy (his silents, by the way, are generally better).
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