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Don't Tell Dad (1925)

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Ralph Graves ...
Billy Woodly
Natalie Kingston ...
Mabel Mason
S.D. Wilcox ...
Peter Woodly - Billy's Father (as Silas D. Wilcox)
Marvin Loback ...
Dick Stewart - Detective
Jack Ackroyd ...
Father Woodly's Secretary
Irving Bacon ...
Mabel's Father
William McCall ...
The Minister
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28 August 1925 (USA)  »

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It's a Secret
2 March 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure what they're supposed to be keeping from the old man, since the copy of the film that I saw was from a South American Archive, filled with notices of its provenance and stripped of any title cards. Still, the story is simple and clear: Ralph Graves has spotted Dorothy Kingston and fallen for her at first sight. He pursues her onto a train, while being followed by Marvin Loback.

Although Ralph Graves was not a comedian, he was Mack Sennett's big idea at the time, intended to compete with Harold Lloyd, a real actor who could drag the audience in off the streets. Sennett's plethora of gagmen and supporting comics could make him look good, and it works here as he pulls off some nice small gags, including a starting "chase" that falls apart and an extended sequence in which he winds up with ladies' underwear in his jacket pocket.

It's not among the best of Sennett's productions, but it's fine and if I was able to see it in a form more like the one released by the studio, I might have a higher opinion.


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