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April Fool (1924)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 18 May 1924 (USA)
Chase appears as a small town cub reporter of the rather "dumber" sort who indulges in some April Fool jokes with results disastrous to himself. A good burlesque on the suspicion with which... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase ... Jimmy Jump
Blanche Mehaffey ... The Editor's Daughter
Noah Young Noah Young ... Smith - Assistant Editor
Jack Gavin Jack Gavin ... The Editor


Chase appears as a small town cub reporter of the rather "dumber" sort who indulges in some April Fool jokes with results disastrous to himself. A good burlesque on the suspicion with which most people regard their neighbors on the day when every sort of practical joke is adjudged legitimate. About every time-honored practical joke is shown - the placing of tacks on chairs, the rubber hammer and the imitation ink spot. Written by a period review

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

18 May 1924 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


(2005 alternate)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jimmy Jump (Charley Chase) drinks from a dribble glass (leaks from the bottom) and the water is pouring on his suit vest, but there are no signs of dampness when he holds the glass away from him. See more »

Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies broadcast a version released and copyrighted in 2005 by Milestone Film & Video. It had a piano score composed and performed by Dave Knudtson and ran 12 minutes. See more »

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nothing too exciting here, but it's short and Charley Chase acts pleasantly silly
23 April 2005 | by Mary-18See all my reviews

This is one of my least favorite Charley Chase shorts. The setting is a newspaper office, and a whole cast of characters is introduced at the beginning of the film. But actually, all the brain power I spent trying to learn who the characters were was completely unnecessary--the setting and characters don't matter at all. There's no real plot here--it's April Fool's Day, and everybody tries to pull a prank on everybody else. Too many of the pranks are predictable: dribble glass, rubber hammer, ink on a chair, etc. The only real laugh I got out of this was towards the end, after the editor's wife calls to say that her house is on fire, but of course nobody believes her. The ending is predictable, although still cute. I also was disappointed in the rather dull way that the movie is filmed. I'm used to Charley Chase films having a snappier editing style and camera work that really takes advantage of the set locations. This one just didn't live up to Charley's other work.

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