Harry Langdon

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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Zenobia, starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry Langdon

Zenobia

Zenobia (1939), starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry Langdon

Zenobia, starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry LangdonLike The Fighting KentuckianZenobia is one of the few movies that Oliver Hardy made without his partner Stan Laurel after their partnership.  Unlike The Fighting Kentuckian, however, in Zenobia Oliver Hardy is the star of the show, and he carries the comedy very well.   The basic plot has a country doctor named Tibbett, played very well by Oliver Hardy, married to a scatterbrained wife (played wonderfully by Billie Burke).  The movie begins with Oliver Hardy’s Dr. Tibbett delivering a baby boy … for a family that already has at least 5 daughters.  Oliver Hardy tells the father, about his medical bill, “Don’t worry … this one’s on me.”  In addition to being visually funny, it also sets a characteristic of Dr. Tibbett – that he’s a fine doctor, but a lousy businessman; this becomes important later on. (more…)

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Saturday Afternoon, starring Harry Langdon and Vernon Dent

Saturday Afternoon

Saturday Afternoon (1926) starring Harry Langdon, Vernon Dent

Saturday Afternoon, starring Harry Langdon and Vernon DentSaturday Afternoon is a pleasant silent comedy, starring Harry Langdon as Harry Higgins, the ultimate in henpecked husbands, who at the urging of his friend Steve Smith (Vernon Dent) accompanies him on a ‘date’ with two young ladies that Steve has found. (more…)

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