Warner Oland took time out from his customary screen villainy to play the title character in the sentimental backstage drama Good Time Charley. A small-time provincial actor, Charley has an ego that far outdistances his talent. Meanwhile, his old nemesis John Hartwell (Montague Love), the man indirectly responsible for the death of Charley's wife, has scaled the heights as a top Broadway producer. Spotting Charley's talented daughter Rosita (Helene Costello) in a cheap cabaret revue, Hartwell offers to make her a star. Though he'd prefer that she stay with him, Charley refuses to stand in Rosita's way. By and by, the girl marries Hartwell's son (Hugh Allen), who is disowned by the flint-hearted Hartwell Sr. Out of loyalty, Rosita quits Hartwell's show, only to be blacklisted from show business. When Charley hears about this, he insists that his longtime vaudeville partner Bill (Clyde Cook) give Rosita the money Charley had been saving for a crucial eye operation. Never realizing that her father is going blind, Rosita accepts the money and heads to England, where she and Hartwell Jr. start life anew. Existing stills indicate that the highlight of Good Time Charley was a top-hatted song-and-dance turn featuring Warner Oland and Clyde Cook.
by Hal Erickson synopsis