Mum's the Word

Mum's the Word (1926)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 24 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Charley Chase was at the peak of his silent film popularity when he made this two-reel farce, which was quite risqué for its day. Chase's employer, Hal Roach, had recently begun hiring over-the-hill dramatic artists to perform in the comedies made at his studio, and 1910s vamp Virginia Pearson appears as Chase' mother (keep in mind that Pearson was but five years older than her "son"). Charley's mother has recently remarried, and when he comes to visit, she pretends that he's the valet until her new husband (Anders Randolph) "gets used to him." On the train to his mother's, Charley met a pretty girl (Martha Sleeper) and is happy to discover that she has been hired as the new maid. Because of the mother's strange behavior with the new valet, her husband starts to think the two are having an affair; meanwhile he appears to be having a fling with the maid. In the end the truth comes out -- not only is Charley the woman's son, the maid is the husband's daughter.