Again a father, Chicanneau (Oakes), wants to keep his beautiful daughter, Isabella (Olson), from marrying a poor beau, again named Leandre (Jeff Church). The young man's father, Nigaud (Tom Roberts), is a delightful side story. The addled old man, a retired judge, has become so addicted to passing judgment that at one point he brings his little doggie to trial for stealing a capon from the kitchen. He wants to do so day and night and therefore has to be locked up, lest he escape some night and pound on the courthouse door with his gavel. Roberts is a visual giggle in his grey fright wig and nightgown.

Trickery abounds. Leandre and the judge's clerk — Le Clerc (Medina), ha! — dress up as a magistrate and a bailiff to fool Chicanneau, who hoards money for future lawsuits, such as mutual suits for slander with a hearty countess (Paula Faber).

Two laff riots for the price of one. A Christmastime present from 2nd Story.

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