Listen Lester

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Listen Lester
Listen Lester film poster.jpg
theatrical poster
Directed by William A. Seiter
Produced by Carl Laemmle
Written by William A. Seiter
Lewis Milestone
Based on Listen Lester (play)
by Harry Linsley Cort and George E. Stoddard
Starring Louise Fazenda
Harry Myers
Eva Novak
George O'Hara
Cinematography John Stumar
Edited by Owen Marks
Sacramento Pictures
Distributed by Principal Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • May 20, 1924 (1924-05-20) (USA theatrical)
Running time
60 minutes
6 reels, 6242 feet
Country United States
Language English intertitles

Listen Lester is a 1924 black-and-white silent film drama/comedy film directed by William A. Seiter, with a screen adaptation by Lewis Milestone and William A. Seiter,[1] based upon the 1918 stage play of the same name.[2] Released by Universal Pictures on May 20, 1924, the film stars Louise Fazenda and Harry Myers.[3]

Prints of the film exist in the Library of Congress film archive.[4]


Widower Colonel Dodge (Alec B. Francis) enjoys being single, but when Arbutus Quilty (Louise Fazenda), his former sweetheart, threatens to sue him for breach of promise, he decides its time for he and his daughter Mary (Eva Novak) to take themselves a little vacation trip to Florida. Angry, Arbutus enlists the aid of lady detective Miss Pink (Dot Farley) and follows the two to Florida. At his hotel, the Colonel enlists the aid of the hotel detective Listen Lester (Harry Myers) to get back the incriminating love letters he had written to Arbutus. The detective accomplishes his task but is himself foiled when Miss Pink recovers the letters. A hotel clerk then gets them back, but in turn loses them back to Arbutus. Mary in the meantime is sparking up a romance with Jack Griffin (George O'Hara), but Jack believes that the Colonel is her beau instead of her father and declines involvement. In desperation, Arbustus enlists the aid of Lester to fake she and Mary getting kidnapped in the hope that this will bring the men to their senses. One of the fake kidnappers takes himself too seriously and gets a bit rough with Mary. Jack rescues the women and he and Mary reconcile. Out of ideas, Arbustus decides to stop chasing the Colonel. When the Colonel realizes how much he would miss her attentions, he discovers that he does love her after all. Both couples get married.



  1. ^ "Listen Lester". CITWF. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Edwin M. Bradley (2004). The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932. McFarland. p. 323. ISBN 0-7864-2029-4. 
  3. ^ Michael R. Pitts (2003). Famous movie detectives III. Volume 3. Scarecrow Press. p. 286. ISBN 0-8108-3690-4. 
  4. ^ "Listen Lester (1924)". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 

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