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The Chump Takes a Bump (1939)

At a nightclub, Charley fails to recognize his newly blonde wife.


Del Lord


Churchill Ross (story)


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Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Ann Doran ... Minnie Chase
Ruth Skinner Ruth Skinner ... Betty Lou
Dell Henderson ... Elias J. Smart (as Del Henderson)
Harry C. Bradley ... Mr. Davidson (as Harry Bradley)


At a nightclub, Charley fails to recognize his newly blonde wife.

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as Wife Decoy (1945) See more »

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Enjoyable but it hardly makes any sense.
8 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Chump Takes a Bump" is one of Charley Chase's last films. Unlike much of what he did for the Hal Roach Studio, by the late 30s, Chase was now doing films for Columbia that often recycled his old gags. Here, the main story idea from Chase's hit "Mighty Like a Moose" is reused-- but with pretty awful results.

The story begins with Charley's boss offering him a raise...IF he agrees to come along with him and pretend that the boss's mistress is his if anyone catches them. Charley's wife finds out he's out partying but doesn't realize that it's all part of his work. So, she gets all dressed up and goes to the nightclub to confront him. However, she's just gotten a makeover with a new hairstyle and he doesn't recognize it's the wife and he starts making passes at her. Where does it all go? See the film...or not.

In "Mighty Like a Moose", both Charley and his wife get plastic surgery. So, the idea of both of them meeting later and making passes at each other (i.e., they think they're cheating but they actually aren't) is kind of believable. However, in this lame remake you're expected to believe that a hairdo will be enough to make the wife unrecognizable?! Perhaps this might happen at first, but after spending the evening together and he STILL doesn't recognize it's her?!?! Unless he was insane, had a massive head injury or was rip-roaring drunk, this just doesn't make any sense. The film has a few laughs and is amiable enough but is also a reminder of just how far removed these later films are from his earlier successes. Watchable and not terrible...but you would expect more from a Chase film.

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