Don't Tell Everything (1927)

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Ethnic humor was common and generally accepted in the 1910s and 1920s, and Max Davidson was one of the better known Jewish comedians of the era. Between 1925 and 1928, he had his own two-reel series for producer Hal Roach; it was canned, however, because of complaints from Jewish filmgoers (which shows that some people were taking offense, even in those days). This two-reeler, however, didn't need the ethnic humor to be funny. Max wins a wealthy widow without telling her that he has an unruly adolescent son from a previous marriage (Spec O'Donnell). The boy insists on coming home to live with dad, so Max forces him to dress in girl's clothes and pretend to be the maid. This causes all sorts of trouble, since Max's new wife constantly catches her husband in what appears to be very compromising circumstances with the maid. Eventually the truth comes out -- both Max and his new bride have kids. The wife's boy, it turns out, is the incompetent mechanic who was responsible for destroying Max's car.