Hold Your Breath (1924)

Comedy


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When her newspaper reporter brother is taken ill, a young woman takes over his job. Before she knows it, she's involved up to her neck in a plot involving stolen jewelry and a very agile monkey.


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  • Dorothy Devore in Hold Your Breath (1924)
  • Dorothy Devore in Hold Your Breath (1924)
  • Dorothy Devore in Hold Your Breath (1924)
  • Dorothy Devore in Hold Your Breath (1924)
  • Jimmie Adams, Dorothy Devore, Budd Fine, Walter Hiers, and Tully Marshall in Hold Your Breath (1924)
  • Dorothy Devore, James Harrison, and Tully Marshall in Hold Your Breath (1924)

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23 October 2016 | richardchatten
7
| Half the Fun
Only the second half of this film survives, alas; but what we do have is a delight. The elfin, round-faced Dorothy Devore is charming and nimble as a would-be reporter who after finally persuading sour-faced millionaire Tully Marshall to consent to an interview finds herself accused of stealing a priceless bracelet actually snatched by an escaped monkey that then made itself scarce through the window it had entered through.

Miss Devore spends the rest of the film clambering up and down the side of the building (getting her face licked by a dog at one point) in pursuit of the monkey while herself being pursued by the house detective and a cop. Through a combination of Devore's own agility and superb photography and editing, the sequence is easily the equal of the equivalent sequence that concluded Harold Lloyd's 'Safety Last' the previous year, especially as it also includes equally funny activity back down on the pavement by Max Davidson and other onlookers.

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