Mother's Joy (1923)

Run Time - 22 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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As a single, Stan Laurel was quite a funny comedian, although not as much of a standout as he would be after he teamed up with Oliver Hardy. He has several inspired moments in this Hal Roach two-reeler. Baron Buttontop (James Finlayson) is aghast when his daughter (Helen Gilmore) defies him and runs away with Magnus Dippytack (Laurel). They elope to Honolulu, where Dippytack deserts her. When the girl returns with her baby (Laurel in a baby carriage), her father turns her away. Many years later, he regrets his action and has his lawyer locate his daughter and grandson. The now-grown grandson, Basil (Laurel again, of course), has been working as a cabby and is overwhelmed by his newfound life of wealth and luxury. The Baron wants the young man to marry Flavia de Lorgnette, an heiress (Mae Laurel, Stan's real-life common-law wife). But Basil prefers the maid (Ena Gregory), and Flavia doesn't necessarily want to get married, either. Nevertheless, the wedding plans go forward at the parents' insistence. Ultimately the minister, fed up with the situation, takes off without going through with the ceremony.