Mr. Gussle takes Mrs. Gussle to the department store to do some shopping. While Mrs. Gussle goes about her shopping errands, Mr. Gussle can't help but cause havoc for the store employees ...
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Mr. Gussle takes Mrs. Gussle to the department store to do some shopping. While Mrs. Gussle goes about her shopping errands, Mr. Gussle can't help but cause havoc for the store employees and other customers, most specifically one young unwitting female customer who is at the embarrassing end of one of his pranks. But the nature of their shopping trip changes when Mr. Gussle spies a young woman and her father in the shoe department. Mr. Gussle does whatever he can to attract the attention of the young woman, to who he is attracted, while steering clear of her father and Mrs. Gussle. But more mayhem ensues in the process.Written by
Charlie's brother, Syd Chaplin, stars in this film as his frequent alter-ego, Gussle. In many ways, this character comes off as a sloppier and less subtle variant on Charlie's 'Little Tramp' but is a bit more of an annoying prankster. The film begins with Gussle tacking a slip on the back of a woman's skirt--and she walks about embarrassing herself until she discovers this. He also pours power on a man, gets into a slapping match, makes passes at a pretty girl and generally makes a HUGE mess of the department store in which the film was made--and culminating in a chase involving a very strange car. None of this is especially brilliant but it is an entertaining film--particularly if you love old silents. Full of slapstick and silliness but not a lot of depth, though I did like the fake leg bit...
By the way, unusually for a Keystone film, this one had a rather impressive budget--including destroying a car or two!
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