Assistant Wives (1927)

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Charley Chase has his hands full in this comic two-reeler from the Hal Roach studios. He plays an underpaid law clerk who wants a raise, so he convinces his boss (Eugene Pallette) that his wife is flipping flapjacks at a nearby diner to make ends meet. The boss insists on meeting her, and Chase convinces the waitress (Edna Marion) to go along with the ruse. She invites the boss over for dinner "sometime," and the boss decides that sometime should be that very night. In a panic, Chase borrows an apartment while the occupants are away for a few hours. He dashes downstairs for food, confusing his real wife (Anita Garvin), and she mistakes the waitress' sweetheart (Noah Young) for Chase's boss. A melee ensues in the borrowed apartment which nearly wrecks it. Amazingly, Chase manages to emerge from all the madness unscathed. Chase remade this film at Columbia in 1940 as South of the Boudoir. Columbia, in turn, would remake it with Hugh Herbert in 1946 as When the Wife's Away.