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South of the Boudoir (1940)

Charley, over his wife's objections, has invited his boss over for dinner. Mrs. Chase walks out, and Charley hires a waitress to pose as his wife. Meanwhile, the boss picks up Mrs. Chase ... See full summary »

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Del Lord

Writers:

Harry Edwards (screen play), Elwood Ullman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Helen Lynd ... Hazel
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Charley Chase
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... Thomas Bailey
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Charley, over his wife's objections, has invited his boss over for dinner. Mrs. Chase walks out, and Charley hires a waitress to pose as his wife. Meanwhile, the boss picks up Mrs. Chase and brings her as his dinner guest. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This way to some of the heartiest laughs that ever rocked you from head to toe! (Title lobby card).

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1940 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This is the last film appearance of Charley Chase. See more »

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Among Charley's best for Columbia
10 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is possibly the best short Charley Chase made during his time at Columbia Pictures. It's really sad, however, when you see that he really hit his stride in this one...and was dead only a few weeks after this film debuted. This early death (at age 46) was due to a heart attack most likely brought on by the effects of his heavy drinking*. What a loss.

As is typical in many of the Charley Chase films, he's trying to impress his boss so he can get a promotion. Despite promising his wife that they'd go out for their anniversary, when Charley's boss says he'd love a home-cooked meal, Charley invites him home for dinner. Seeing his wife's reaction to this on the phone is pretty funny. However, she does eventually agree--but not without a lot of protests! In fact, soon the pair end up fighting and she stomps off. So, Charley not only calls to have some folks make the dinner for him but he gets the lady who cooked it to pretend to be his wife. This will go off without a hitch, right?! Well, no...as the boss decides to bring a date--a cute woman he just met. The problem is that this woman is Charley's wife!! How's it all end up? See it for yourself.

By the way, the boss is played by Arthur Q. Bryan--the guy who was the voice of Elmer Fudd. He looks and even sounds a bit like Elmer!

*Very sadly, Charley's brother, Paul Parrott, died the year before from the same exact causes...and he was only 42! Aside from being a decent comic during the silent era, he was responsible for directing a lot of great comedies--including many of Laurel & Hardy's best. And, now that I think of it, Charley also directed quite a few nice comedies as well-- though he tended to do a bit more acting and a bit less directing than Paul.


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