The Hal Roach team went serious with this western starring Rex the Wonder Horse and Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott) as the reluctant villain.Continue reading “King of the Wild Horse (1924) A Silent Film Review”
Charley Chase wants to marry Martha Sleeper but first he has to finagle his way out of an arranged marriage… to Martha Sleeper. Chase feigns insanity and terrorizes the neighborhood, including Oliver Hardy.
Charley Chase’s mother has just remarried but she hasn’t told her new husband about her adult son. Charley poses as his step-father’s valet and, of course, chaos ensues, especially when the new maid (Martha Sleeper) gets in on the act.
Snub Pollard plays an orphan who grows up to be… an auctioneer’s assistant? When he inadvertently sells the contents of a house belonging to the chief of police, he must embark on a wild goose chase to buy everything back or spend his not-so-happily-ever-after in prison.
Charley Chase meets the woman of his dreams but has to wriggle out of an arranged marriage in order to live happily ever after. His solution is to feign insanity, which backfires in the most hilarious way possible.
Charley Chase is charming as heck in this cute little comedy about a husband and wife who secretly get plastic surgery and then attempt to have an affair– with one another!
This one is from Charley Chase’s very amusing short Mighty Like a Moose. It’s also a rather accurate bit of pantomime. I have never bought into the myth of painless dentistry.
Chase’s talent for drawing humor out of everyday situations (with just a touch of the surreal added for good measure) was the very essence of the kind of humor that was Hal Roach Studio’s stock and trade. As a longtime devotee of Roach in general and Chase in particular, I am always happy to introduce people to the their charms.
Poor Charley Chase! He plays Mr. Moose, who is curses with a hideous set of teeth. His wife is equally homely, the owner of a ridiculous schnoz. Two separate sessions of secret plastic surgery later, both husband and wife are knockouts and they immediately decide to have a fling… with each other!
It’s from Chase’s 1926 comedy Mighty Like a Moose, which is one of his best and most famous comedy shorts.
On a side note, I absolutely adore Vivien Oakland’s super-short hair. Can you get any more twenties? And yet, if one had the right features, it would look just as amazing today.