Jimmie Jump is returning from Europe to the USA. His parents and an old girl-friend, Sally - whom he hasn't seen for years, are expecting him at the dock. But, due to some unfortunate ... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Jimmie Jump
Katherine Grant ...
Sally Kavanaugh
Noah Young ...
Leo Willis ...
Bynunsky Hyman ...
Man on ship
John T. Prince ...
(as John Prince)
Rolfe Sedan
Jack Gavin ...
Hotel manager
George Rowe ...
Bell boy
Sammy Brooks ...
Blind man
Jules Mendel ...
Car salesman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Daniels
William Gillespie
Ellinor Vanderveer


Jimmie Jump is returning from Europe to the USA. His parents and an old girl-friend, Sally - whom he hasn't seen for years, are expecting him at the dock. But, due to some unfortunate coincidences they are mistaken about the identity of each other, but meet unbeknownst to that fact. Jimmie decides that he has to find that girl. Finally, after having annoyed a policeman, and a great fraction of the female population, he finds her working as a temperance worker. To get her attention, he dresses up in rags to meet her. But his way of introduction causes more confusion. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

10 May 1925 (USA)  »

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Han kan ikke finde Sally  »

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1.33 : 1
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12 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"looking for Sally" was Charley Chase's last film made as part of the "Jimmy Jump series, shortly after he started being allowed to expand his comedies from one to two reels and just before he started using the name Charley Chase on his comedies. It's also one of his funniest films. The setup, Charley returning from an overseas trip to meet his arranged fiancée, resembles the celebrated "Crazy Like a Fox" and its later remake "The Wrong Miss Right," but the twist here is very different.

This short really demonstrates Charley's ability to fit a fully developed and hilarious farce into two reels -- Charley and his fiancée confuse each other for a pair of ugly people and try to avoid her, while Charley meets the real girl (Katherine Grant, an excellent comedy leading lady) -- with an equally funny subplot (the incompetent detective who chases Chase but keeps just being shown he's crazy) that nonetheless has time for copious long and ingenious gag sequences(such as extended bit around Charley's typical embarrassment at his underwear being visible).

In an unusual move that pays off big, there is a sequence in which Charley tells made-up stories (to convince his charity-worker prospective lover to pay attention to him) which are nonetheless illustrated with flashbacks. This becomes a series if comically exaggerated vignettes of a drunk Charley going stark raving mad when his bottle of liquor is smashed (and Charley the actor doing great comedy character work).

There is enough material here with the farce one one hand and the gags and semi-flashbacks on the other for two one-reelers but he is entwining them perfectly at this point. What's more the details are lavish and always attended to, which build and build on the humor: the blind man who's not blind, the saved drunks who laugh at Charley's story, the professional driver taught to drive on the spot, the little comedy-of-embarrassment touch after Charley changes clothes to disguise himself as a tramp, are all brilliant.

It also looks wonderful as a production: the long traveling shots of Charley chasing Katherine, Jump jumping into the dock, the gags with the surprisingly well-behaved horse all look wonderful and it's clear that Hal Roach's lavished a lot of time, care, and money on this particular short.

In short, everything seems to go right with this last short in the "Jimmy Jump" series, right down to the extra-witty title cards, and it's hilarious.

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