Max mistakes his son's acting for reality. When the play calls for the son to commit a murder (on a mannequin), Max winds up trying to hide the body from the police.

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Max Davidson ...
The Father
Viola Richard ...
Viola
Thelma Hill ...
Thelma
Spec O'Donnell ...
The Son
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The Cop
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Max mistakes his son's acting for reality. When the play calls for the son to commit a murder (on a mannequin), Max winds up trying to hide the body from the police.

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4 February 1928 (USA)  »

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Der Theater-Vater  »

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(2011 reconstruction)

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965) See more »

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Another superior Roach-Davidson short.
26 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Though this one is flawed by the loss of the early scenes simulated with stills and captions, the ending develops into a characteristically clever and funny outing for the team.

Spec is off rehearsing the murder play, in a hotel with Hill & Richard. Dad Max suspects the worst and peers through the door to see a scene where a dummy is used as the body and packed away in a sack.

Max ends up racing round town followed by uniform patrolmen, including Kennedy doing his recognisable expressions. The final gags, when the dummy's leg becomes detached and appears to be part of the cloche hat woman ("I'm ruined"), are vintage.

Stevens' camera-work is accomplished without being remarkable.


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