Excitement (1924)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Nila Lyons (Laura La Plante) is a suburban housewife who craves excitement in her life. She gets it -- and how! -- when she's kidnapped by an Egyptian potentate. Crammed into a mummy case, Nila is rescued at the last possible moment by her "dull" husband Hiram (William Welsh). He then reveals that her abduction was a hoax, staged to cure her of her desire for thrills. Nila then responds by ramming Hiram's head upside his body, but this was a 1920s comedy, so all is forgiven. The plot of Excitement wasn't new in 1924 -- it had previously been employed, with variations, by Doug Fairbanks and Harold Lloyd -- and it certainly wouldn't be the last such "teach 'em a lesson" escapade, as witness such talkie two-reelers as Our Gang's Shiver My Timbers (1931) and Harry Von Zell's Meet Mr. Mischief (1947).

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deception, Egyptian [nationality], excitement, husband, kidnapping, wife