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Don't Tell Everything (1927)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  3 July 1927 (USA)
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Max and his son Asher are invited to a party, where Max meets a rich widow, but Asher keeps annoying all of the guests, so Max refuses to speak to him. 10 days later he has married the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Max Davidson ...
Papa Ginsberg
Spec O'Donnell ...
Asher Ginsberg alias The Maid
Jesse De Vorska ...
Mechanic Finkelheimer (as Jess Devorska)
Lillian Elliott ...
Widow Finkelheimer
James Finlayson ...
Lawyer Goldblum


Max and his son Asher are invited to a party, where Max meets a rich widow, but Asher keeps annoying all of the guests, so Max refuses to speak to him. 10 days later he has married the widow, but hasn't told her about Asher. Asher doesn't like the situation either, and enters the home disguised as the new maid, that leeds to a growing suspicion of his step mother, who has her own little secret. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Comedy | Short





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3 July 1927 (USA)  »

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(2011 restoration)

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Don't Tell Everything is a funny Max Davidson short from Hal Roach
30 July 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Max Davidson is an unsung comedian of silent movies from Hal Roach Studios. Maybe the fact that he was obviously Jewish and therefore not very appealing to much of America at the time might have been the reason he wasn't very popular then and is pretty much forgotten now. Maybe some of his characterizations tended to be on the stereotypical side (though I'm not too familiar with that to know what stereotypes there were about Jews). Anyway, Don't Tell Everything has Mr. Davidson and his teenage son, Spec O'Donnell, attending a party where he meets a rich widow. Because Spec plays some pranks (such as using a rubber band to ruin James Finlayson's tricks), Max doesn't reveal his son to the widow. They get married ten days later and the son reveals in a note to his father that he's going to dress as a girl and become the maid in order to live with them. I'll just stop here to say there's plenty of funny set pieces like when Max gets his supposedly fixed car from a mechanic and finds out it's now falling apart, or his embracing his son while in ladies' underwear while his wife-unbeknownst to him-is watching, or an earlier scene when Max and the widow are sitting on the couch and the son-through the back window-touches his father's face and Max thinks it's the widow touching him so he touches her face and she doesn't like it! And, yes, Fin does his famous double takes that always make me laugh! So on that note, I highly recommended Don't Tell Everything.

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