Up in the Air About Mary (1922)

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This lightweight farce comedy actually has some witty moments, including a brief spoof of the 1919 silent blockbuster, Miracle Man. Mary Lorraine (Louise Lorraine) runs away on her wedding day because she does not like the groom picked out by her mother (Laura Lavernie), the amusingly named Algernon Emptihead (Robert Anderson). She winds up at a farm, where she encounters Joe Thornby (Joe Moore), who is working there primarily because he "likes chickens" (in fact, one of the birds is wearing trousers). But her haven is short-lived -- both groom and mother find her and cart her off to the seashore. Joe comes to the rescue by getting the chauffeur drunk and then disguising himself to take his place. At the shore, his next disguise is a waiter, then a Miracle Man-type seer. Joe has to rescue Mary twice -- once while riding a mule, and then by blimp. It just so happens that Joe is a millionaire, so Mother is happy when Mary chooses him as her husband.

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chauffeur, damsel-in-distress, escape, hot-air-balloon, impersonation, love, marriage, millionaire, refuge, rescue, romance