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Many Sappy Returns (1938)

Charley mistakes a lunatic as the father of the girl he's interested in.



(story and screen play)


Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase
Mary Benson
Mental Patient


Charley mistakes a lunatic as the father of the girl he's interested in.

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

19 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The man is crackers!
10 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Charley has a new job driving a cab. However, being an idiot who seems to attract trouble, naturally he makes a mess of things. Not all of it is his fault, however. On the way to pick up the company's owner, a guy on a street corner tosses a match and catches the back seat on fire (oddly, this badly burned portion just magically becomes okay just a bit later in the film). But he is an idiot when an escaped mental patient tells him that HE is the boss and invites him to lunch. It's obvious to anyone but Charley that the guy is nuts! So, when he 'gives' Charley the cab as a wedding present (because Charley is infatuated with the boss' daughter), Charley thinks it is really his. Not surprisingly, the cops and his boss soon are on his tail and it's up to the daughter to try to make sense of all this.

Like most of the Columbia shorts starring Charley Chase, this one is pretty uneven. Quite a bit of it is funny but the cracker eating scene in the restaurant is embarrassingly bad. Worth seeing if you are a huge fan, otherwise you could do better.

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