"Too Many Kisses" (1925) stars Richard Dix and Frances Howard, though many will want to watch this to see a speaking (silent, of course(!), but nevertheless speaking) Harpo Marx. His character plays almost as it would in the future talkies he made, but he lacks a top hat - substitute a beret - and he's not quite as off-the-wall; well, almost not quite as... Others in this romantic comedy are William Powell - who easily gives the best performance as the nasty - Frank Currier, Joseph Burke, and Albert Tavernier, plus the henchmen and several others who fill out scenes. In a story that could only happen in the mind of film scenarists, this is about a man who can't avoid falling for women, making promises to them - such as a firm marriage - then being constantly sued for breach of promise, costing his father a fortune. His father is extremely wealthy, but the costs to pay off his son's suiters are beginning to take a toll, if not on his wealth necessarily, on his anxiety and health. SO - he sends his son off to the Basque country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain where the women only marry other Basque men...only other Basque men... Here, Dix meets Frances Howard, but he also meets her suiter, Powell, the chief of police, the capo di tuti capi, and an expert knife thrower, should the need - or the wish - arise. You can already see where this is going. It's pleasant going, beginning with a very mildly comedic engine rev-up. But the film progresses very incrementally, building and building quite well, with a mixture of comedy, drama, romance, and a good dollop of comedy/drama - with Harpo Marx served up as well. Dix is an actor who has a fine range, though narrow individual style of presenting that range. Known mostly as a tough character in sagas, nevertheless he began in a host of different types of films, from "The Ten Commandments" (1923) to rough-house comedies like "The Shock Punch" (1925), and originally served in a new takeover position after Wallace Reid died as a follow-up actor in Reid's type of film in things like "The Lucky Devil" (1925). He's best remembered now, perhaps, as the star in the series of films where he played "The Whistler" (1944-47).
This is on a new Blu-Ray from the Film Preservation Society, highly toned, with a few titles tinted, and a lovely musical score by Bill Marx, Harpo's son.
Just as a side note, I find it curious that I have five DVDs or Blu-Rays of Dix movies from 1925. Why so many from that year are available when he made so many films from as far back as 1917 seems odd to me. He's not an actor too many people remember anymore, though he certainly deserves to be better known. His output, though perhaps not in the "classic" category, with perhaps the exceptions of "The Ten Commandments" (1923) and the lesser "Cimarron" (1931), still are good watching today. Dix becomes a tad ripe after his silent days, but gets back into the swing of things with the really good "Whistler" series.