Fun Size Review: The Boob (1926)

An aggressively unfunny “comedy” with just two claims to fame: it features a very young Joan Crawford (with her own eyebrows!) and it is the picture that got William Wellman fired from MGM. Frankly, I don’t blame them one bit.

The plot is disjointed, the jokes consistently bomb and leading man George K. Arthur is one of the most annoying human beings to appear on the screen. Avoid at all costs unless you are a fanatic Joan Crawford completist.

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How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

You mean you actually care? The boob gets wins his girlfriend over and they live happily ever after. Or something.

If it were a dessert it would be: Sandra Lee’s Sensuous Chocolate Truffles. Canned frosting lumps that look like the inside of a diaper. Why yes, I am mean today.

Read my full-length review here, if you must.

Availability: Released on DVD for some reason by Warner Archive. It has to be Joan Crawford, right?

2 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Boob (1926)”

  1. If anyone is going to write “mean” about a flick, this just might be the candidate, although several others leap to mind re: misplaced cast and crew resources. Never been an Arthur fan- never saw any genuine humor delivered, only the forced kind, sorry.

    Crawford must be panting because she’s out of breath from attempting a run out of the stage at top speed and away from this turkey.

    As a palate cleanser, may I recommend Mabel’s Willful Way (ran on TCM lat Sunday)- actual laughs are guaranteed.

    1. Agreed. If you looked up “trying too hard” then Arthur’s picture will appear at the top of the entry. He had a goofy face but that doesn’t always translate into being funny (ask Adam Sandler). The film was shelved before being released due to Crawford’s growing star power so this is one of her very first appearances chronologically. I agree, she looks really really nervous. (According to Crawford, William Wellman spent the shoot groping her.)

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