Like most of the best Charley Chase shorts, this one is silent. For some reason, in general, Chase's silent shorts are funnier than his sound ones. While he is pretty much forgotten today, he can finally be seen on Turner Classic Movies on occasion in recent months, though I found this short on Google video.
The film begins with Charley on an ocean liner. Because he's so rich and eligible, he's constantly receiving invitations to dinner. Well, he decides to randomly accept on from a stack, but oddly, the man throwing the party hates royalty and sees Charley before the party. He thinks Charley is just a regular guy, so he asks him to come to the party and impersonate the Count! Little did this man know that Charley is this count.
Charley meets the man's daughter and falls for her but he wonders how he can get the girl PLUS ingratiate himself to the father since he hates royalty. How all this is amiably accomplished is something you'll have to see for yourself.
While this is a very enjoyable film, it isn't among his very best, as the gags aren't his funniest nor are they that fast in coming. But, still, it's a nice little film worth a look.
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