Get 'Em Young (1926)

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Stan Laurel had quit acting -- at least temporarily -- to focus on his work as a writer and director. This Hal Roach comedy got him back in front of the cameras and legend has it that the role he played here -- as Summers, the valet to Harry Myers -- was originally meant for Oliver Hardy. Hardy, however, had burnt himself in a cooking accident and was unavailable, so Laurel was pressed into service. Once Laurel was back acting, it wasn't long before he and Hardy would be appearing together and making film history. Orvid Joy (Myers) is on a ship returning to America so he can collect his inheritance. During the voyage, he falls in love with a girl (Eugenia Gilbert) and they marry. In the States, his lawyer, Issac Goldberg (Max Davidson), has arranged a marriage because Joy cannot collect his inheritance without a bride. He wires Joy that his "wife" will be waiting for him when the ship docks. Joy's new bride misunderstands and thinks he's a bigamist so she storms off. Joy is in a panic because he can't get married to someone else -- that would really make him a bigamist. All he can do, it seems, is hire a female impersonator. His valet, Summers, is forced into a dress, but he proves to be a highly uncooperative bride. Fortunately, Joy's real bride returns just in time to make everyone happy.