Laughing Ladies (1925)

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This two-reel comedy from the Hal Roach studios showcases the underrated talents of Katherine Grant (Grant was more often seen supporting one of Roach's male comics, usually Charley Chase). Lucien Littlefield plays a dentist, and Grant is his attractive client, who he overdoses with laughing gas. In a fit of uncontrollable laughter, Grant leaves the office, and the dentist, holding the antidote, gives chase. Before he catches up with her, she creates a load of havoc, accosting strangers on the street, riding a bicycle through traffic, and flirting with a married man (Tyler Brooke) in front of his furious wife (Gertrude Astor). At last the dentist finds his client, literally wrapped around the innocent husband, and gives her the antidote. Bit players in this comedy include Bull Montana and Oliver Hardy (in the days before he teamed up with Stan Laurel). The laughing gas gag would be repeated in several other Hal Roach comedies, most notably Leave 'Em Laughing and Pardon Us, both of them Laurel and Hardy films.