Monday, May 21, 2012

Please Excuse Me - 1926

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Sam Newfield
Writer: William Anthony (story)
Stars: Charles King and Constance Darling
Release Date: 10 November 1926 (USA)
Production Co: Century Film
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Comedy | Short
This is one of a million comedy shorts of the 20s showcasing so-so pratfalls in the middle of Los Angeles, then a very pretty city. The comedy -- involving a collection agency employee who makes up wild excuses to explain his tardiness -- is better when the jokes are on the road, and involve how cars can be smacked into each other, flipped around, and seem to have mischievous minds of their own. The lead comic has no particular personality, though it is a little unusual that our nebbishy hero is employed as a repo man.
Sixth release in the 'Excuse Makers' 2-reel comedy series.
Follows Love's Hurdle (1926), Which Is Which? (1926)
Followed by A Second Hand Excuse (1926), What'll You Have? (1927), What's Your Hurry? (1927), Some More Excuses (1927), Be My Wife (1927), She's My Cousin (1927), Keeping His Word (1927), That's No Excuse (1927), My Mistake (1927), What an Excuse (1927), Please Don't (1927)

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