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The Chump Takes a Bump (1939)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  5 May 1939 (USA)
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At a nightclub, Charley fails to recognize his newly blonde wife.

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Charley, over his wife's objections, has invited his boss over for dinner. Mrs. Chase walks out, and Charley hires a waitress to pose as his wife. Meanwhile, the boss picks up Mrs. Chase ... See full summary »

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At a nightclub, Charley fails to recognize his newly blonde wife.

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Mighty Like a Moose
6 January 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of the advantages of Charley Chase's 25-year career in films was that he could revisit an old story every so often and offer new variations and gags. This one recapitulates his classic silent short, MIGHTY LIKE A MOOSE, combines it with TOO MANY MAMAS and runs them through their paces.

In the twelve years since the older versions were made, a lot had changed. Most obviously, this was a sound film, but more important, Charley's on-screen character had changed. In the first one, he was a wealthy young man. Now, for Columbia, his character was older and he works as a clerk. In the first movie, his wife has had a nose job that made her a stranger to Charley. In this one, she simply changes her hair color.

At the heart of both is the racy idea that Charley decides to have an affair with this stranger who turns out to be his wife.

With any good comedy, however, the plot is a minor point. It's the gags that count. There are a couple of very funny new sequences, one set in his office involving an ink pad and his boss' recruiting Charley as a beard for his two-timing and another in which he has his glasses scribbled on and he thinks he is going blind.

By the time Charley made this movie, director Del Lord and he had figured out how to pace Charley's naturalistic style of comedy for Columbia's faster-paced house style. Notice how this one starts out at a normal pace, picks up speed towards the end and uses an under-cranked camera to augment the pace. While this is not the best of the movies that Chase would make at Columbia -- they kept on getting better and better -- this is a topnotch short comedy.


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