To the Ladies (1923)

Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This well-cast light comedy was based on the stage play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. Three clerks for the Kincaid Piano Company -- Leonard Beebe (Edward Everett Horton), Chester Mullin Z. Wall Covington), and Tom Baker (Arthur Hoyt) are in competition for a promotion to factory manager. The boss, John Kincaid (Theodore Roberts), relies on the judgment of his wife (Louise Dresser) when it comes to important decisions, and she favors Baker. But when the Kincaids visit the Beebes, Leonard's wife Elsie (Helen Jerome Eddy) proves to be every bit as dynamic a woman as Mrs. Kincaid. Beebe and Baker are invited to a banquet, and Beebe is expected to give a speech. After intently rehearsing one that is already prepared, Beebe arrives at the banquet only to see Baker give the exact same speech. Beebe is struck dumb, so Elsie takes over with some rousing words, claiming that her husband is feeling ill and winning Beebe the job. Their ruse is discovered, however, and Beebe is demoted. Once again Elsie comes to the rescue, and with Mrs. Kincaid's help, Beebe is reinstated.

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business, worker