Very funny Hal Roach short
Seen at Cinecon 37, the story is about a down-and-out Englishman who, mistaken for a duke, is invited (for a consideration of $50.00) to meet the wife of a gangster who is a passenger on a boat chartered by gangsters. When he cannot initially find his wife, the gangster tells the "duke" to remain in his room with his daughter while he finds the wife. The daughter (played, I believe, by Baby Alice Raetz) then performs one of the most devastatingly funny Mae West imitations I have ever seen. Other silly misadventures follow. This film is not top-drawer Hal Roach, but, given the lack of true side-splitting comedy available today, it is a real audience pleaser. (After the film ended, the president of the Cinecon came out and said, "any of you laughing at that film are demented!" (of course, he was laughing too!).
- Sep 5, 2001
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