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Time Out for Trouble (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 18 March 1938 (USA)
Charley Chase is engaged to be married and while in a department store, shopping for his fiancée, saves a woman from being hit on the head by a heavy box, but his fiancée only sees a ... See full summary »

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Charley Chase is engaged to be married and while in a department store, shopping for his fiancée, saves a woman from being hit on the head by a heavy box, but his fiancée only sees a newspaper-published picture of Charley holding the girl in his lap. His angry fiancée breaks off their engagement. The girl is the wife of a notorious gangster who lives in the same apartment building as Charley, and the heart-broken and despondent Charley asks the gangster to bump him off. But he no longer wants to be bumped off after his fiancée finds out what really happened and forgives him. Since the gangster is a very honorable guy indeed and believes a contract is a contract, Charley is in his usual dilemma. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rather dumb but occasionally funny.
10 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Time Out for Trouble" is one of the dumber comedy shorts that Charley Chase made for Columbia Pictures. The plot occasionally makes no sense at all and it really looks as if the script wasn't quite ready for filming.

When the film begins, Charley saves a woman's life by grabbing her. However, some idiot snapped a picture and ran it in the newspaper-- and makes it look like Charley is a lady-killer--which enrages his fiancée. She breaks it off with him without allowing him to explain at all and he spends the rest of the film trying to kill himself. Later, when she's learned the truth, it might just be too late to stop Charley's criminal friends from killing him...as they want to do him a favor.

As I said above, the plot seems to have some holes. Why wouldn't the fiancée let him explain himself? Why resort to killing yourself? Why capture the people trying to kill you and then run away....which would allow them to eventually catch you and kill you. Duh.


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