Ford Sterling in the Sound Era: 4 Rare Shorts
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: January 5, 2016
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Lucien Littlefield, James Finlayson, 'Snub' Pollard & Eddie Dunn|
|Directed by||Mark Sandrich, William Watson, Leigh Jason & Charles E. Roberts|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Trouble From Abroad (1931): A pair of World War I veterans attend a reunion of their regiment with their wives. They'll have some explaining to do when the French chorus girl who'd been a hit with all the GIs crashes the party. Director Mark Sandrich would later become renowned for his work with Fred Astaire, including The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935), and Holiday Inn (1942). Also featuring funnymen Lucien Littlefield and James Finlayson.
Come To Papa (1931): A humble tailor creates a new kind of stretchable lingerie. After a chorus girl steals the prototype, its inventor has to go backstage at a burlesque show to find it. He gets a lot more than an eyeful when the police think he's a peeping tom! The chorus girl in question, Eleanor Hunt, starred opposite John Wayne in Blue Steel (1934) and later married Western star Rex Lease. Silent comedian 'Snub' Pollard also appears.
A Returned Engagement (1935): A stuck-up couple are in a snit when they find out their son is engaged to a manicurist. But father turns out to have a skeleton in the closet himself when an old girlfriend shows up. Sterling's former flame in this film is played by Kitty McHugh, who will be familiar to Three Stooges fans from her appearances in Listen, Judge and Gents in a Jam (both 1952).
Many Unhappy Returns (1937): Ford goes shopping for his demanding wife, who collects expensive French dolls. But when he meets a pretty blonde at the department store, he ends up bringing more than one doll home. Decades later, female foil Barbara Pepper would become instantly recognizable to TV viewers as Doris Ziffel, owner of Arnold the Pig on Green Acres (1965-1968). Hal Roach contract player Eddie Dunn plays Ford's male secretary.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 2 ratings.
As stated already this is a nice selection of Ford Sterlings work during the talkie era. I seem to have seen these stories before with Leon Errol taking the Sterling role of exasperated and embarrassed husband but they are just as enjoyable. Print quality isn't great but this is put into perspective when knowing that this is the only way these films can be owned on DVD.
The films in this collection show their age, but they are very rare and very watchable.
John "The Movie Man" Carpenter did a fine job putting this collection together.
If you're a fan of silent and early sound comedies or rare films, this collection is highly recommended.
- Sales Rank: 8,724
- UPC: 089218773593
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