Connoisseurs of silent comedy will be thrilled to hear that Image Entertainment is releasing Harry Langdon: The Forgotten Clown Collection, featuring three complete features from a brilliant ‘rediscovered’ comedian of silent comedy.
These classic silent slapstick films are the high points in Harry Langdon and Frank Capra’s collaboration during 1926 and 1927, culminating in some excellent silent American comedy. The Strong Man (1926, 74 min.) – After a tour of duty in World War I, Paul, a witless young Belgian, comes to America and seeks out the dedicated pen pal (Priscilla Bonner) whose letters lifted his spirits during the heat of battle. But to Paul, the land of opportunity turns out to be a world of confusion, as his quest for Mary Brown leads him from mishap to comic disaster. Tramp. Tramp, Tramp (1926, 61 min.) – In an effort to save the family business, a shoemaker’s son enters a cross-country foot race with hopes of walking away with the $25,000 prize. During the course of his westward hike, Langdon woos Joan Crawford, is thrown in a chain gang, dangled from the edge of a cliff and caught in a violent tornado. Long Pants (1927, 58 min.) – When a sheepish young man yearning for romance is given his first pair of grown-up trousers, he springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten by the wrong woman. When his queen is jailed, Harry abandons his small-town sweetheart and comes to the brazen woman’s rescue, ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes.
Image brings us these films in their original full frame glory, with some scenes in tinted black and white, and with stereo sound for the accompanying musical score.
Image will release this disc on November 28th with a suggested retail price of $39.99.
This is an opportunity to own some rare works by an often underappreciated artist.