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Harry Langdon?

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Hello,

 

The reason I have a question mark after Mr. Langdon's name is:

1) This is a "favorites" forum, I have not watched Mr. Langdon in any movie, so I have no opinion of Harry Langdon.

 

I want your opinion:

1) Has anybody watched any Harry Langdon comedies?

2) Has anybody who has watched Harry Langdon comedies, did you like Harry Langdon's comedies? I understand, he was pretty popular...way back when.

 

The reason I am posting this message is:

1) I was flipping through a DVD catalog and a section of the catalog was devoted to Harry Langdon (including his picture). The picture of Harry Langdon (in the catalog) reminded me of one of the characters from Fellini's "8 1/2".

2) TCM broadcast a documentary (last night) about the history of short subjects. During the documentary a picture of Harry Langdon flashes on my TV screen. Mr. Langdon's documentary picture is just as, uhm...bizarre as the one I saw in my movie catalog.

 

Is Mr. Langdon funny? Is Mr. Langdon a little 'off putting', because his screen 'look' is so strange? My opinion, he looks embalmed.

 

I am (simply) interested.

 

Rusty

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I have only seen one Langdon picture. That was "Zenobia" with Oliver Hardy. This was the only movie made byHardy without Laurel after their teaming. I caught only for that reason. The movie was not anything to get excited about. I wasn't that impressed and kept wishing for Stan. By this time he was long past his popularity. He did write for L&H.

 

I rarely, if ever hear his name mentioned. Like you, I heard he was quite popular, mostly in silent shorts.

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This was the only movie made byHardy without Laurel after their teaming.

 

Didn't Ollie do The Fighting Kentuckian with John Wayne after teaming up with Stanley?

 

CharlieT

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You're right, of course. I had a stupid moment there. I think I was thinking that "Zenobia" was to be an L&H project but Stan and Hal Roach had a falling out.

 

Thanks for pointing it out.

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I saw "The Strong Man" about ten years ago - and don't remember much about it. I was interested because it was one of Capra's early works. They did a few together and Langdon was never more successful than when he was working with Capra. He sort of came and went pretty quickly apparently.

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He was an okay actor. My favorite of his might be the King (though that is really more because of Thelma Todd ;) ).

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