A Yankee Doodle Duke (1926)

Ralph Graves plays a cabaret singer who is mistaken for a duke while courting society girl Ruth Taylor.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler), Clarence Hennecke (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ralph Graves ... Ralph Page
Ruth Taylor ... Ruth Osborn
Dale Fuller ... Beatrice Chatterton
Patsy O'Byrne ... Mrs. Chatterton
Marvin Loback Marvin Loback ... Babe Bunting
Jack Cooper Jack Cooper ... Rival Suitor with Monocle
Irving Bacon ... Lord Alfred Tate
Thelma Hill ... Apache Dancer
Andy Clyde ... Speechmaker
Billy Gilbert Billy Gilbert ... Small Cafe Drunk
Tiny Ward Tiny Ward ... Large Cafe Drunk
William McCall ... Manager of the Cave Inn
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Ralph Graves plays a cabaret singer who is mistaken for a duke while courting society girl Ruth Taylor.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cave Inn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sennett's comedy team at its very best
18 May 2018 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

The series of short comedies made by Ralph Graves for Sennett 1924-1925 following the success of the full-length comedy The Extra Girl in 1923 (opposite Mabel Normand) tend not to get a very good pres and it is true that most of them are a bit pallid. But this film is really rather well written with a distinct if mild edge of social satire to it. Graves plays a would-be singer reduced to working in a seedy bar who meets and falls in love with a girl at an amusement park whom he then loses all track of. He is meanwhile mistaken, for no very good reason, for a missing British aristocrat by the eccentric but very rich Mrs. Chatterton (beautifully plays by Patsy O' Byrne) and invited on the strength of it to a high society party. The plot is complicated but very clear, the mockery of the silliness and snobbery of high society is effective, the slapstick is played with a nonchalant irony.

Graves is not a very charismatic performer - although in this film he performs a fine comic apache dance with quintessential Sennett babe Thelma Hill - but basically here he is straight man to some very good comic performances by the Sennett regulars, particularly the women. Ruth Taylor is a bit vapid ad the mystery girl but it fits the part while Dale Fuller as Mrs. Chatterton's daughter is splendid and one would like to have seen more of her (and not just her pantaloons). But even the smaller parts (Marvin Loback as Graves' partner Babe Bunting or the actor who plays what is presumably intended to be the real but mad British aristo) are unusually well characterised right down to the smallest characters (Billy Gilbert and Tiny Ward as two bar-room drunks or an actor, unknown t me, as the sentimental policeman). One rarely sees the Sennett repertory on such good form as this.


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