As "Charles Clayfoot Chase" in Man Bites Lovebug (1937)
From Charley Chase's first season of comedies
Volumes One and Two of these, plus balance of the series, available on DVD. To say they were long-awaited is
understating: Chase fans have been ravenous for the long unseen group (a few
were never even released to television, thus invisible since 30's first run).
Whether they're funny will depend on your taste for Chase. Many love him to a
point of forbearing any criticism. I'm sympathetic to CC and regard him a
pioneer of laughter, both on camera and behind it, but pace of production couldn't
help dropping duds here and there, and not just for Columbia. Charley's face reflected a killer
pace, being but 44 in Man Bites Lovebug, and looking every mile of it. Excess
drink and health problems attendant on that was cause of early aging, but a
steel trap mind for mirth kept Chase in demand, Columbia using him not only as performer, but
directing as well. Man Bites Lovebug is no world-beater, but satisfies curiosity
as to what Columbia
circumstances were like for an artist who'd been at comedy's work bench since
early Sennett days. Finally getting to see these will fill much needed gap.