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You Said a Hatful! (1934)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  13 October 1934 (USA)
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When he learns the secret news that it will be sold today at 4pm in Kansas City, international banker J.P. Anderson sets in motion a plan to purchase the Tippycanoe Tuckahoe & Tehachapi ... See full summary »

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Charley Chase
Dorothy Appleby ...
Dorothy Anderson
Oscar Apfel ...
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When he learns the secret news that it will be sold today at 4pm in Kansas City, international banker J.P. Anderson sets in motion a plan to purchase the Tippycanoe Tuckahoe & Tehachapi Railroad. He will arrive in Kansas City prior to the meeting with an offer the current owner can't refuse. He will go with his hapless secretary, Charley Chase, with the two switching places - Charley will pretend to be J.P., and J.P. will pretend to be Charley - so that J.P. can maneuver into the deal without attracting the attention of the other buyer who may want to kill him. They will take the TT&T train for the trip. Complications ensue when a series of events happen on the train. First, Charley passes himself off as the railroad owner to train employees even before they arrive at the meeting. Second, J.P.'s daughter Dorothy arrives on the scene, Charley who has to pretend to be her father when in reality he is in love with her. Third, Charley's banker's hat, which is really a magician's hat, ... Written by Huggo

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Charley Chase plays a male secretary to his girlfriend's father, a big business mover and shaker trying to buy a railroad line.
1 March 2004 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

The father, a stuffy blow-hard type wants to jump on some information about a railroad line soon to go on sale. Afraid his competitors would stop at nothing, including murder to keep him from buying the line he forces Charley to trade places with him before leaving to make the deal. Charley is supposed to get the train tickets and rent a professional man's wardrobe, suit, shoes and dress hat so he can pretend to be the businessman. The businessman then pretends to be the lowly secretary. Easily confused Charley gets tickets to the wrong city and rents a new suit that includes a magician's top hat! Charley does not realize but when he nervously taps his `magician's' hat flowers, bubbles and playing cards appear. To those around him he appears crazy. Finally on the train all kinds of problems and comedy ensues and in the end Charley gets the girl and a raise! This is a fine example of the typical Chase early sound films with tons of cute bits, snappy dialogue, slap-stick physical comedy and it's all well worth your time.


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