Dad's Choice (1928)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Edward Everett Horton made a series of eight comic shorts in the late 1920s in which he played a Charley Chase type of everyman. It's a little known fact that these were produced by Harold Lloyd's production company. This one is especially charming. Horton plays the sweetheart of Sharon Lynne, whose father (Otis Harlan) doesn't approve -- even though he's never met "Eddie," he's convinced the young man is a lounge lizard. Sharon is determined to change her dad's mind, and asks Eddie to come meet him. But before that happens, Horton runs afoul of an ill-tempered man and, while shopping with his sweetheart, he becomes a constant source of annoyance for a haughty old battle ax (Josephine Crowell). When he finally shows up for his meeting, Dad is out in the garden and his bodyguard turns out to be the ill-tempered man, who angrily chases him away. Horton believes this is his girlfriend's father, and they plan to elope. He sneaks onto the property and, mistaking Dad for the gardener, asks for his help. Because Horton has offered some gardening tips, and because he's so obviously in love with Sharon, Dad decides that he's an all right guy and willingly helps him. The bodyguard thinks the girl is being kidnapped and follows in hot pursuit. Eventually everyone's identity is straightened out, and Eddie gets to wed his girl.