One of the more delightful comedy features of the silent era, this is also Harry Langdon’s best film. He plays a little Belgian soldier who comes to America in search of his wartime pen pal.
While the film is a loose series of comedic antics, Langdon holds it together with his elfin persona. Gertude Astor also deserves major props as the gangland moll who stashes cash in our hapless hero’s pocket and then must retrieve it.
This is a definite must-see, especially for fans of director Frank Capra.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Harry finds his pen pal and helps her out of a sticky situation. Gertrude gets her money, too.
Read my full-length review here. I touch on the Capra-Langdon feud but if you want a calm, smart and reasonable breakdown of the situation, I highly recommend Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy by Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon.
If it were a dessert it would be: A Cheesecake Sampler. Small bits of business, each more delightful than the last.
Availability: Released on DVD by Kino but it looks like the disc is out of print. (Sends telepathic hint to the Criterion Collection.)
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