Her Temporary Husband (1923)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although he was completely eclipsed by his incredibly gifted relative, Sidney Chaplin was a fine farceur who could be almost as funny as brother Charles Chaplin. Here he just about steals the show from a group of other solid players. Blanche (Sylvia Breamer) will inherit her aunt's large estate, providing that she gets married within 24 hours. She chooses to wed John Ingram (Tully Marshall), an old man living at a rest home who is not expected to live much longer. She has been seen by the young, good-looking Thomas Burton (Owen Moore), who has fallen in love with her at first sight. With the help of his valet, Judd (Chaplin), he disguises himself as Ingram, whiskers and all, and marries Blanche himself. Then things get really complicated, since the old man's secretary plans to kill the old man off himself as part of a plot to acquire the fortune. Meanwhile, Blanche has taken the old man home to enjoy his last moments -- but the old man is actually Judd in disguise, while Burton pretends to be his nephew. Finally the real Ingram shows up, amidst much confusion. When the hired gunman sends for his thugs, Judd calls for help from everyone he can think of. The police, firemen, the navy, the army and several dozen others appear on the scene and the crooks are rounded up. When Blanche realizes it was Burton she actually married, she decides to make him her permanent husband.

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aunt, fortune [wealth], inheritance, marriage-of-convenience, mistaken-identity, opportunist, stipulation