At age 40, silent comic Harry Langdon parlayed his man-child persona into a string of hit Mack Sennett comedies. Working with writers Frank Capra and Arthur Ripley he became a superstar, and brought them along when he quit Sennett to form the Harry Langdon Corporation. His first three pictures were hits, including Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
(1926), which starred a young Joan Crawford, The Strong Man
(1926) and Long Pants
(1927), the latter two directed by young Frank Capra. His ego swollen with fame, Langdon fired Capra and began directing himself, launching a string of unsuccessful films that would totally derail his career. The three selections in this program are all from Langdon's glory days with the Sennett Studio.
All Night Long (1924, B&W, Silent): On leave from the trenches of WWI France, Harry steals his sergeant's girlfriend, Nanette. Stars Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston, Fanny Kelly, Vernon Dent; Directed by Harry Edwards.
Boobs in the Woods (1925, B&W, Silent): Lumberjack Big Bull Reardon catches Chester romancing his girl. He decides to send Chester on a lightning fast final ride down the mountain - tied to a log! Stars Harry Langdon, Marie Astaire, Vernon Dent; Directed by Harry Edwards.
Feet of Mud (1924, B&W, Silent): Newly appointed sanitation officer Harry is cleaning up the streets of Chinatown when he stumbles into the middle of a Tong War. Stars Harry Langdon, Florence D. Lea, Natalie Kingston, Yorke Sherwood, Vernon Dent, Malcolm Waite ; Directed by Harry Edwards.