7.2/10
37
4 user

No Father to Guide Him (1925)

Charley's battle-axe mother-in-law breaks up his marriage and tries to separate him from his son. Charlie abducts the boy for a father-son outing to the beach. The mother-in-law pursues and comedy ensues.

Director:

Leo McCarey
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Jimmy Jump
Katherine Grant ... Jimmy's Wife
Mickey Bennett ... The Jump Son
Josephine Crowell ... Jimmy's Mother-in-Law
Duke Kahanamoku ... The Lifeguard
Edit

Storyline

Charley's battle-axe mother-in-law breaks up his marriage and tries to separate him from his son. Charlie abducts the boy for a father-son outing to the beach. The mother-in-law pursues and comedy ensues.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Short

User Reviews

 
I guide you to watch it
27 January 2010 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

"No Father to Guide Him" is another of Charley Chase's consistently excellent short subjects, from early his career as a star of two-reelers, and it's quite hilarious, taking Charley's comedy of embarrassment forte to some absurd and very funny extremes. It casts him as a father -- a more domestic role in theory than the go-getter types he was playing at this juncture in his career. The opening is actually rather poignant as Charley the milkman is seen desperately sneaking into his ex-wife's house so he can see his little son.

It soon develops into surreal farce, though, with this rather touching underpinning, as a series of gags revolve around Charley nabbing his son. Then, in the real highlight of the short, there is a central bravura sequence in which Charley ends up at sea without his clothes, then paraded around the street wearing a woman's kimono. In some odd-looking shots that are maybe indicative of Los Angeles at the time, the beach seems to run right up to a city street. In a cameo role from Duke Kahanamoku as a lifeguard, there is a risqué gay joke about the danger of the two leaving the water together with Chase naked. Child actor Mickey Bennett gets a whole lot to do, and he handles the comedy very well indeed.

This short as funny as you might expect from the two-reel farce artist of the absurd that was Charley Chase, but it deals with a somewhat more grim and potentially-sentimental subject than he usually essays in it story about an estrangement leading to what is technically a kidnapping. That humanistic backing works very well in compliment and contrast to the wacky comedy elements, actually -- and this is as effective as the later Chase shorts that took place in a self-consciously effervescent, musical world.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

6 September 1925 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed