Married to Order (1920)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 16 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Although it was not released until October of 1920, this two-reel comedy was actually made in the summer of 1918. The players were all part of Billy West's stock company, but West was on vacation at the time (it wasn't the happiest of vacations -- while in New York, West was a victim of the 1918 flu epidemic and nearly died). Directing and starring in the lead role was a young man named Charles Parrot, who later became more well known as Charley Chase. A man (Chase) is in love with a pretty girl (Rosemary Theby), but her nearsighted father (Oliver Hardy) does not approve. The suitor's ploys to be near the girl aren't terribly successful until word arrives that her twin brother, Jack, is coming home after a long vacation. The girl plans to dress up like her brother, so she can sneak off with her boyfriend. The father, however, thinking that he is talking to Jack, instructs his supposed son to dress up like his sister to fool her boyfriend. The girl does as she is told and gets back into her own clothes. The father then fetches the minister and allows the couple to be married. Only after the deed is done it is discovered that Jack isn't even home! The father, realizing that he has been beaten, gives the newlyweds his belated blessing. A bit of trivia worth noting -- Theby was nearly seven years older than Hardy, who played her father.