23 October 2016 | richardchatten
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.