Fun Size Review: Soldier Man (1926)

Harry Langdon plays a doughboy who escapes a POW camp while the Germans are “celebrating something or other” and finds himself the last American soldier in Europe. Oh, and he is also the perfect doppelgänger of the nearest king. I smell a Prisoner of Zenda spoof!

The plot is uneven but enough gags land to make this short worth a look. Langdon has his vulnerable comedy persona down pat and I’ll certainly never say no to a sendup of Zenda. A cute little film with some genuine laughs to offer; I enjoyed the heck out of it.

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

It’s all a dream, darn it, and Harry is safely back in America.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be:
Panda Macarons. Pretty much the cutest thing you’re going to see for some time.

Availability: The absolute best way to see Soldier Man is on the Harry Langdon Collection: Lost and Found. The set is now out of print but be sure to snatch one up if you see it for a good price. There are also bargain disc releases but I have not viewed them and doubt the quality is up to snuff.


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  1. Marie Roget

    I’m a long-time fan of Harry Langdon’s shorts and, alas, have never seen The Strong Man in its entirety. How to get Langdon more recognition? Did Capra’s assessment in “The Name Above The Title” do Harry in that completely…? Sheesh.

    A showing of even one or two Langdon shorts on TCM Silent Sundays would go far to giving Langdon a modern foothold (Mankie, are you listening 😉

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      Yes, I still hear people parroting the Capra line about Langdon, which rather feels like having to choose between parents in a divorce. We can like Harry AND Frank, really!

      Definitely, more exposure is just what the Little Elf needs!

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