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Charley has several dilemmas facing him at Christmas, all posed by his greedy, heartless landlord Noah and his family. He wants to get an expensive wristwatch for his wife, but his landlord takes it, then his other presents are switched with Noah's, and then both have a back and forth battle for a long white beard for their Santa costumes. Written by WesternOne

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12 December 1926 (USA)  »

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There are Two Santas
11 June 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This Charley Chase two-reel comedy from his peak period is a bit slow to get off the mark. Charley wants to buy wife Eugenia Gilbert an eighty-dollar watch for Christmas, but landlord Noah Young wants his $80 of rent money. The first half of the movie is taken up with those issues with some good but not amazing gags tossed in, along with Fred Kelsey as a store detective.

It's in the second reel, when Charley and Noah play dueling Santas, that this becomes a much better than average short comedy and that's just about right. You don't want the jokes and pace to peak too early.

This Christmas-themed comedy was released, unsurprisingly, on December 12, just in time to hit the first-run houses for the Christmas seasons. One can only hope the title didn't disillusion any moppets.


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