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9 May 1926 (USA) See more »
A widow has married rich, but didn't tell her husband about her son. And he's coming for a surprise visit... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Far from Charley Chase's best See more (5 total) »


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Charley Chase ... Charley - the Son
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Pearson ... The Wife (uncredited)
Anders Randolf ... The Husband (uncredited)

Martha Sleeper ... The Nervous Little Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey (uncredited)
Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Donald Sosin (musical score composed by) (2005)
Music Department
Donald Sosin .... musical score performer (2005)
Other crew
William Fox .... presenter (2005)
Hal Roach .... presenter (uncredited)

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22 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Far from Charley Chase's best, 9 September 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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