Max and Mary are in love, but Mary's Aunt Agatha dislikes Max, and instead prefers the unappealing Simon. So Max has to resort to a series of ruses to try to get Simon out of the way, and to be able to spend time with Mary. Finally, Max comes up with a scheme that might allow him to prove to Aunt Agatha that he is more worthy than Simon.Written by
Bills scared him of matrimony but it took a self-invented burglar to win him a wife. There's a thrill to punctuate every laugh it's the greatest comedian's best work. (Print Ad-Altus Times-Democrat,((Altus, Oklahoma)) 15 June 1922)
There is plenty of good material in this Max Linder comedy, and it compares well with some of the short features made by more well-known silent comedians of the era. There is apparently more footage to it that is now lost, but the film as it stands holds together perfectly well, and it works just fine as it is.
The story has Linder coming up with a series of ruses in his attempts to woo his girlfriend Mary despite her aunt's disapproval. Most of the comic ideas work well, and there is also a good variety of material. There are sight gags and slapstick, some familiar ideas (including some seemingly inspired by other comedians of the era) and some original ideas. It builds up to a manic and very amusing climactic sequence that is certainly the highlight of the movie. It's quite good overall.
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