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Four Parts (1934)

Charley is one of four identical brothers, which drives his girlfriend nuts.

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Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott), Eddie Dunn
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Charley / Hal / Henry / Eddie / Charlotte / Father shown in photo / Baby 1 / Baby 2 / Baby 3 / Baby 4
Betty Mack Betty Mack ... Betty
Florence Roberts ... Mother
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Storyline

Mom lives with her four grown sons, identical quadruplets: Charley's a doctor, and the other three are a bus conductor, a traffic cop, and a taxi driver. Walking to work, Charley bumps into a young lady, they chat, and he tells her he'll see her again. Within minutes she thinks she's going crazy as she goes from bus to street, to cab, to doctor's office and encounters four men who look identical to the man she's just met. Charley straightens her out and invites her to meet the family that night: the boys are rehearsing for a musical number. Can she tell them apart long enough to flirt with the right one? And if she does, then what? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1934 (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:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charley Chase plays ten roles in this short (including sister Charlotte, father shown in photo, and four babies), and shaved off his trademark mustache in order to play five of those parts. See more »

Soundtracks

When the Band Around Your Hat Plays Home Sweet Home
(uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Lyrics by Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott)
Performed by Charley Chase
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Fascinating technically...
27 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was a difficult film to make and is certainly the most technically demanding film I've seen Charley Chase make. He stars as a set of quadruplets. Formally in the old days they'd use a simple split-screen process to insert the same person into a scene twice--but four times?! The only film I can recall from this era that went further was Keaton's "The Playhouse" where he played even more parts and the results, like this Chase film, are quite stunning even today.

Early in the film, one of the brothers (the dentist) sees a penny on the sidewalk and so does a nice lady (Betty Mack). It's an interesting testament to the times that they fought pretty hard for it--but ultimately, this argument brought them together. But, for the longest time, she doesn't know that he has three identicals out there as well--leading to some cute scenes. Overall, a very good Chase short--not among his very best but quite better than average.

By the way, the song Charley and his 'brothers' are rehearsing is "Honolulu Baby"--the same song that was the theme to Laurel & Hardy's best full-length film, "Sons of the Desert".


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