30 November 1999 | Stan16mm
Lots of fun and laughs with Charley Chase
This film, once thought lost, is a funny motion picture that has been included in the Robert Youngson compilation, Four Parts. Somehow, it seems funnier in that compilation due to the music, sound effects, editing and witty narration. However, it still plays well in its entire form. Charley never looked better than in this film as he plays a groom on his way to the alter. All decked out in his tuxedo, he is simply on his way to the church to get married. In typical Chase fashion, getting there becomes an ordeal. A woman, trying to dry her road drenched dress, dries off in the back of Chase's car, unbeknownst to Charley. That's where the fun begins for us, at least. The sequence where all the groom's friends ride on the car trying to help Charley avoid a clash with his bride to be is a screen classic. There is another sequence, slightly borrowed from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy that has the sheet covered Viola Richard, lose her frock over an air blowing pavement grate. It is a wonderful example of the art of silent visual comedy. If you are able to see this film in its entirety, be prepared for some real heartbreak as a significant amount of footage seems to deteriorate right before your eyes. Rescued barely in time, it is a painful reminder of how fragile our film heritage is. Nitrate film stock has claimed over 90% of all film. Thankfully this film survives but not without the ravages of time. Limousine Love is a wonderful ride into Hollywood's Golden Past.