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Fifty Million Husbands (1930)

An estranged couple visit their old apartment, which is now occupied by Charley and his wife. Charley's wife, however, misunderstands the purpose of their visit.

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H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Christine Maple ... Pansy Chase
Ruth Hiatt ... Mazie Sandford
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford ... Hillary Sandford (as Stanley J. Sanford)
Edgar Kennedy ... Officer Kennedy
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Storyline

Charley's in his dressing gown reading a book while his wife visits her ill mother. A stranger knocks, saying he and his estranged wife lived in the flat and could he take a last look around. The visitor weeps for his lost love, moves furniture, and disturbs Charley's reading. While the man is upstairs putting Charley's wife's lingerie in a better place, the wife of the visitor intrudes. She also wants her own last look (her divorce attorney is in the building). Jealousies, a misunderstanding with Charley's wife, gunshots, a confused policeman, and worried neighbors add to the chaos. Will suspicion end Charley's own marriage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
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Music by Joseph Meyer
Played during the opening credits
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Funny But Chaotic Chase Short
30 January 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Christine Maple is out tending her ill mother, so husband Charley Chase intends to spend the evening home reading. There's a knock at the door, and in comes Tiny Sandford, who begins to rearrange his furniture, followed by soon-to-be-ex-wife Ruth Hiatt, who begins breaking bric-a-brac. By the time Miss Maple comes home, ready for a divorce of her own, it's a free-for-all and officer Edgar Kennedy can't make heads nor tails of the situation.

There are lots of funny bits in this Chase short subject, but Miss Maple is not a practiced comedian; nor is there the tight story line typical of Chase's shorts that makes sense of the situations. Still, there's always Edgar Kennedy's slow burn to amuse the watcher, and an unusually large speaking part for Tiny Sandford, a Roach regular who spent much of his screen time on the Lot of Fun playing cops in bit parts, even if his roles outside might expand to Porthos in Fairbanks' THE IRON MASK.


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