Dizzy Daddies (1926)

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This Tyler Brooke two-reeler, like many Hal Roach pictures, based its comedy on a domestic dilemma. One of the daughters of attorney Jonathon Haig (James Finlayson) is engaged to marry Johnnie Walker (Brooke). But Walker's former flame (Gertrude Astor) shows up, threatening to sue him for alienation of affection. Haig takes her out to dinner to find out what it will take to get rid of her. A photo of the two of them together winds up in the morning paper and both Haig and Walker try to keep their ladies unaware of this brewing scandal. But it just gets worse when the ex-girlfriend shows up at Haig's law offices, as do his daughter and wife (Charlotte Mineau). In spite of the efforts of the men to hide the ex-girlfriend, she is eventually discovered. Walker's fiancée forgives him, but Mrs. Haig is the type to carry a grudge. The situation in the office is quite similar to that in a couple of future Roach films -- Love 'Em and Weep and Chickens Come Home. Since those were both Laurel and Hardy pictures, perhaps it not surprising that Stan Laurel had a hand in writing and directing Dizzy Daddies.