The bold Tira works as dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll put her head into a lion's muzzle! With this ... See full summary »
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
In "The Chases of Pimple Street" - its title a spoof of the 1934 drama "The Barretts Of Wimpole Street" - is a funny little two-reeler from a period when Charley frequently churned out shorts that cannot be compared to his best silent work but which were still constantly amusing. In this one, Charley happily volunteers his bragging sister-in-law, Celeste, to his boss who urgently needs a girl to entertain an out-of-town client. Alas, his sister-in-law is not on time for the meeting and so Charley has to present his wife as the girl for his boss' client while Celeste, who arrives later, is introduced as his wife. Later, the whole company visits a dance hall and complications arouse which ultimately lead to Charley losing his job.
With its clever mixture of sight gags and situational comedy, "TCOPS" is a thoroughly enjoyable Chase sound short, one of his best from that particular period. Nice to see Arthur Housman sober for a few minutes.
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