Love 'em and Weep (1927)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 24 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Confronted by a blackmailing former girlfriend (Mae Busch), recently wed businessman Titus Tillsbury (James Finlayson) is forced to quickly cover up when his suspicious new bride visits the office. In order to keep the old flame away from his home and the society party he's hosting that night, Tillsbury instructs one of his business associates, Romaine Ricketts (Stan Laurel), to keep her occupied. When the lady slips from Rickett's clumsy grasp and does crash the affair, Romaine quickly introduces her to everyone as his wife. The scheme crumbles as Ricketts' real wife shows up, joining Tillsbury's spouse in giving the two husbands everything that's coming to them. This film really features Laurel, with only a smattering of Hardy. Ollie, almost unrecognizable in thick glasses and handlebar moustache, has scant screen time as a befuddled party guest. This simple storyline, with most of the comedy material intact and Hardy stepping into Finlayson's part, was to become the basis of Chickens Come Home (1931), one of the team's classic sound films.



blackmail, ex-girlfriend, husband-and-wife, party