Charley Chase in “Dog Shy”
Today is the anniversary of the release date of funny silent comedy short Dog Shy (1926), starring Charley Chase and directed by Leo McCarey. Charley plays a guy who is so terrified of dogs, he jumps into a telephone booth to avoid one. Inside, he picks up a phone that has been left dangling mid-conversation by a nobleman. It leads him to taking a job as a butler at a mansion, where he falls in love with a girl. And of course the family has an enormous dog, and one of Charley’s main duties is to take care of it. The climax is a tri-partite affair where Charley foils a jewel robbery, beats out his rival for the girl, and wins the support of the parents. But the dog still attacks him.
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