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Something Simple (1934)

Taken to a hospital, after suffering a dizzy spell, Charley is told by a 'nut', posing as a doctor, that he suffers from 'Tetra-Ethyl", and the only remedy is to sit down, relax, clear the ... See full summary »


(as Charles Parrott),


Cast overview:
Betty Mack ...
Betty Henderson
Dell Henderson ...
Mr. Henderson - Betty's Father (as Del Henderson)
Arthur Housman ...
Drunk Conventionaire
Lew Kelly ...
The 'Nut' Doctor


Taken to a hospital, after suffering a dizzy spell, Charley is told by a 'nut', posing as a doctor, that he suffers from 'Tetra-Ethyl", and the only remedy is to sit down, relax, clear the mind and recite a nursery rhyme. The fake doctor gives Charley a package to deliver to Mr. Henderson, the "Supreme Crown of the Knights of the Brown Derby." At the hotel, hosting a convention of "Brown Derbies," Charley suffers a dizzy spell and the only place he can find to sit down is in Mr. Henderson's lap, where he recites "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Mr. Henderson, it is revealed, also suffers from "Tetra-Ethyl." Seized by an attack, Henderson sits down and tries to recite "Who Killed Cock Robin," but forgets the lines, which Charley and Henderson's daughter, Betty, sing in a song together. That, coming at the end of the second reel,is all it takes for Charley and Betty to decide to get married. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He recited nursery rhymes until he became "Something Simple." (original poster) See more »


Short | Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

8 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Who Killed Cock Robin
Music by Marvin Hatley
Lyrics by Charley Chase and Walter Weems
Sung by Charley Chase and Betty Mack
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Something Terrible!
8 December 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love old comedy shorts and have seen and reviewed several dozen Charley Chase films. However, I will be one of the first to admit that his films, particularly the sound ones, are very inconsistent. At times, the quality and writing of his films rivals that of his fellow studio workers Laurel and Hardy but at other times the films are an embarrassing mess. Generall, they are good--this one is one of the embarrassing messes!

So why is this such a bad film? Well, I don't completely blame Charley even though he both starred in and directed this stupid little film. That's because even with good acting, this film was doomed to fail because of shoddy production values and writing. The main plot idea is so contrived and ridiculous that it ruins the entire film. Supposedly a mentally ill man has escaped from the hospital and he runs around repeating nursery rhymes. When Chase and another man repeat nursery rhymes as well (for the dumbest and most contrived reasons), they are assumed to be the maniac. Pretty dumb, I know, but equally bad is the terrible rear-projection chase scene. It is among the shoddiest and most ridiculous even seen on film--even worse than the one from Laurel and Hardy's DANCING MASTERS!

Dumb, unfunny and a waste of time--see this one only if you want to see how bad Charley Chase could be at his worst!!

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