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Mum's the Word (1926)

A widow has married rich, but didn't tell her husband about her son. And he's coming for a surprise visit. To hide his identity he is introduced as the husband's new valet, but still the ... See full summary »

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A widow has married rich, but didn't tell her husband about her son. And he's coming for a surprise visit. To hide his identity he is introduced as the husband's new valet, but still the husband has some doubts about a few strange scenes. And during the night, when the son tries to visit his mother, the husband always starts interfering, but the new maid also behaves strangely, trying to sneak into the husband's room... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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9 May 1926 (USA)  »

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Far from Charley Chase's best
9 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Oddly, this Charley Chase short was included in the DVD "The Lost Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy: Volume 9"--even though neither Stan or Ollie were in the film nor did they apparently have anything to do with its production according to IMDb. What I think happened was that this was the last volume and they had some extra space, so they chucked in a couple Chase shorts (MIGHTY LIKE A MOOSE and MUM'S THE WORD).

While I loved MIGHTY LIKE A MOOSE, MUM'S THE WORD is far from Charley Chase's best because the plot is so poor. Charley's mother remarries and doesn't tell her new husband about her son. So, when Charley arrives, she introduces him as the new valet for her husband. Why not just tell him the truth? And why say he's a valet? Talk about contrived. The rest of the film consists of Charley bumbling and the husband thinking Charley is his wife's lover. About the only good thing is the ending--it was pretty clever and tied everything together well.

Overall, it's a watchable but far from stellar example of a Chase film. Great for fans but probably a silent that non-fans could do without.


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