Why Girls Say No (1927)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 22 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Max Davidson stars in this Hal Roach comedy as Papa Whissleberg, who is determined that his pretty daughter (Marjorie Daw) will wed a nice Jewish boy. So he is less than thrilled -- to put it mildly -- when Marjorie invites the very Irish-looking Creighton Hale to his birthday gathering. Things go from bad to worse when the young man accidentally makes the birthday cake fall and tries to revive it by pumping it up with a bicycle tire. Papa tosses him out of the house, but Marjorie storms off with him. The panicked family follows the couple to the boy's house -- and discovers that his parents are as Orthodox Jewish as they are. This two-reeler is graced with Oliver Hardy's inspired performance as a cop -- when Marjorie and Creighton initially meet, she shuns him and enlists Hardy's help in chasing him away. Creighton, in an attempt to charm the young lady, places his coat over a puddle. Marjorie glares at him and jumps over it. Hardy, however, indicates that he will use the coat -- and disappears completely into the puddle (yes, it's the same gag as in Putting Pants on Phillip, which would be shot later that year. It's even shot on the same back lot street corner). Later on, Hardy falls into the puddle a couple more times for good measure. Incidentally, the scenario was written by Stan Laurel.