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Charley Chase

 

 

TIME OUT FOR TROUBLE

Columbia, 1938. Directed by Del Lord.  Camera:  Allen G. Siegler.  With Charley Chase, Ann Doran,  Louise Stanley, Vernon Dent.

Charley Chase's wedding plans hit a snag when he saves a gangster's moll (Ann Doran) from a falling carton of canned goods.  Someone snaps a photo as the woman tumbles onto Charley's lap, and when his fiancée (Louise Stanley) sees the picture, she dumps him―no questions asked.

So Charley decides to kill himself, but of course his attempts all fail miserably―when he tries to hang himself, the rope pulls the fixture (and a lot of plaster) from the ceiling, a falling blind blocks his leap from the window, etc.  Finally, he convinces the gangster to do him a favor and set one of his hit men on his trail.  Naturally, that's when Charley's fiancée figures out that he's a hero, not a philanderer, and forgives him―now he's got to stop the hit man!

Columbia, which constantly recycled the material for its two-reelers, remade this picture in 1945 as Off Again, On Again, and starred Shemp Howard.

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