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Harry Langdon… The Forgotten Clown: (The Strong Man / Tramp, Tramp, Tramp / Long Pants)

Harry Langdon… The Forgotten Clown

Harry Langdon… The Forgotten Clown: (The Strong Man / Tramp, Tramp, Tramp / Long Pants)

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Three complete features from the rediscovered genius of silent comedy! These classic silent slapstick films are the high points in Harry Langdon and Frank Capra’s collaboration during 1926 and 1927, culminating in some of the finest American comedies of all-time! “The Strong Man” (1926, 74 min.) – After a tour of duty in World War I, Paul, a witless young Belgian, comes to America and seeks out the dedicated pen pal (Priscilla Bonner) whose letters lifted his spirits during the heat of battle. But to Paul, the land of opportunity turns out to be a world of confusion, as his quest for Mary Brown leads him from mishap to comic disaster. “Tramp. Tramp, Tramp” (1926, 61 min.) – In an effort to save the family business, a shoemaker’s son enters a cross-country foot race with hopes of walking away with the $25,000 prize. During the course of his westward hike, Langdon woos Joan Crawford, is thrown in a chain gang, dangled from the edge of a cliff and caught in a violent tornado. “Long Pants” (1927, 58 min.) – When a sheepish young man yearning for romance is given his first pair of grown-up trousers, he springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten by the wrong woman. When his queen is jailed, Harry abandons his small-town sweetheart and comes to the brazen woman’s rescue, ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes. (more…)

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Dear God — starring Greg Kinnear, Tim Conway, Laurie Metcalf, Hector Elizondo

Dear God

Dear God — starring Greg Kinnear, Tim Conway, Laurie Metcalf, Hector Elizondo

I have to admit being pleasantly surprised by Dear God.  Originally, I was only going to review it for completeness’ sake, as part of the Tim Conway reviews.  I picked it up at my local Wal-Mart for only $4.00, and figured that even a little bit of Tim Conway was worth $4.00, even if the rest of the movie was a waste.  It wasn’t, for several reasons. (more…)

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Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack (The Ghost And Mr. Chicken / The Reluctant Astronaut / The Shakiest Gun In The West / The Love God?)

Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack

Review of Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack (The Ghost And Mr. Chicken / The Reluctant Astronaut / The Shakiest Gun In The West / The Love God?) (1969)

A collection of four of Don Knotts movies from the 1960’s—the best known is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken but all four provide solid laughs.  The most unusual is The Love God? – a satire on American culture’s preoccupation with sex, the so-called sexual revolution, and American society.  In short, it’s a collection of four very funny Don Knotts comedies for less than $10.00.  Who could ask for more? (more…)

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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) starring Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades

The Shakiest Gun in the West

The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) starring Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades

In short, The Shakiest Gun in the West is a very funny Don Knotts movie. Set in the American Old West, Don plays the part of Jesse W. Haywood, a recent graduate from Dentistry school, who is going out west to make his fortune. His final exam in dentistry school is funny, as is his boarding the train out West. Along the way, his stagecoach is held up by two robbers (his reaction being very funny in itself) — and one of the two robbers is a lovely woman, “Bad Penny” Cushing (Barbara Rhoades).  She is soon arrested, and given an opportunity for a pardon in exchange for infiltrating a wagon train heading out west and breaking up a ring of gun smugglers.

The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) starring Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades

The agent who was going to pose as her husband is murdered.  So she sets her sights on the first available single manDon Knotts!  After a rocky introduction, the beautiful Penny has our hero besides himself, pretending to have a toothache, and soon has them both in front of a preacher, getting married — despite the groom’s protests. Sealed with a kiss, the newlyweds join the wagon train — and along with the audience, they meet various members of the wagon train, including the gun runners: a pretend “preacher” (Don ‘Red’ Barry) and his minion, Jackie Coogan. (more…)

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The Reluctant Astronaut, starring Don Knotts and Leslie Nielsen

The Reluctant Astronaut

The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) starring Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen

Don Knotts takes his ‘nervous fraidy-cat’ character to outer space (or at least to orbit) in this funny, family-friendly comedy.  The Reluctant Astronaut begins with Roy Fleming (Don Knotts in the title role) appears to be in a space capsule orbiting the earth—until the camera zooms out, and reveals that instead, he’s operating a kiddie ride at an amusement park(more…)

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The Prize Fighter, co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

The Prize Fighter

The Prize Fighter, co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

The Prize Fighter is a very funny, very sweet comedy.  Set in Depression-era America, Tim Conway stars as Bags Collins who has a perfect record as a boxer – twenty fights, twenty knockouts—and twenty losses.  His manager, Shakes, is the ‘brains’ of the team, played by Don Knotts(more…)

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The Private Eyes, starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway

The Private Eyes

The Private Eyes (1980), co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

Don Knotts and Tim Conway co-star in The Private Eyes –  a silly little comedy where they spoof the murder mystery in general, and Sherlock Holmes in particular.  Called from Scotland Yard, Inspector Winthrop (played by Don Knotts), and his bumbling assistant Dr. Tart (played with mindless abandon by Tim Conway) to solve the murder of Lord Morely, the plot begins to resemble “Ten Little Indians” as people are killed off, one by one, with a not-quite-rhyming note left behind by the murderer.  (more…)

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How to Frame a Figg, starring Don Knotts

How to Frame a Figg

How to Frame a Figg, starring Don Knotts

How to Frame a Figg is a long-time favorite Don Knotts movie.  Don stars as Hollis Figg, one of the bookkeepers for the small, but corrupt, town of Dalton.  In an attempt to frame someone else for their own shenanigans, the town leaders purchase a second-hand mainframe computer and fire everyone except Figg, who becomes responsible for running the computer, as well as becoming the fall guy for the town’s financial corruption —hence, the title.  As you can likely guess, Don Knotts fights back in his own jittery way, eventually winning the day and the girl. (more…)

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Herbie goes to Monte Carlo, starring Dean Jones and Don Knotts

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Walt Disney’s Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo has three major plots running through it. First is Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) attempting to resuscitate his racing career with the help of his mechanic Wheely Applegate (Don Knotts) at a race in Europe, hence the ‘Monte Carlo’ of the title. In addition, a pair of thieves (played by Bernard Fox and Roy Kinnearhave stolen a large diamond from a museum, and hide the stolen jewel in Herbie’s gas tank to escape detection.  And providing motivation for them and police inspectors to chase Herbie on the prolonged race route. Complicating these two is Herbie himself falling in love with another car, a Lancia that’s owned by a beautiful female race driver (Julie Sommars), whom Jim Douglas begins falling in love with.

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The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Harry Morgan

In The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Amos and Theodore (Tim Conway and Don Knotts) the two bumbling outlaw wannabees from The Apple Dumpling Gang are back. They are trying to make it on their own. When they arrive at the town they are going to, all sorts of things go awry. They accidentally subdue the town’s legendary lawman, Wooly Bill Hitchcock thus enraging him into tracking them down. They also are accused of bank robbery. And they “enlist” in the army, and burn down the fort. Amid all this the army is besieged by someone stealing their supplies. (more…)

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