Madame Sans Jane (1925)

Run Time - 27 min.  |  
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Although the title to this Hal Roach two-reeler is obviously a reference to the spectacular Gloria Swanson vehicle Madame Sans Gene, the plot apparently has nothing to do with Napoleon Bonaparte's France. Most of the comedy takes place onboard an ocean liner where Glenn Tryon is completely entranced by a lovely young girl (fresh-faced newcomer Fay Wray). But, of course, the girl has a completely irascible father (the always-irascible James Finlayson) that Tryon must somehow distract. This he does by dressing up as a flirtatious female attendant. Not only does the father fall for Tryon's cross-dressing charms, so does the captain of the ship. In fact, the captain goes a bit overboard in wanting to protect Tryon; he breaks down the door while the father is trying to woo the attendant in his cabin. In the melee, Glenn tears off his wig and the father faints. Tryon takes this opportunity to wed the pretty daughter.