The Fighting Parson (1930)

  |  Short, Comedy, Western

Harry is mistaken for "The Fighting Parson" in a tough western town.


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2 February 2011 | Michael_Elliott
Not a Good Film But Still a Step Up for Langdon
Fighting Parson, The (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A minor step up from the previous two Hal Roach-Harry Langdon shorts but this still isn't anything to write home about. This time out Langdon is on a stagecoach that gets held up but he winds up in a local town where the people mistake him for a boxer known as The Fighting Parson. Soon one of the men starts to abuse a woman (Nancy Dover) and soon he winds up in the ring with Langdon who defends her of course. As I said, if you're expecting any type of good film then you're going to be disappointed but at the same time I can't recall a time where I was happy to give a film such a low rating. Even though it's still rated quite low by my standards it's at least better than the previous two films both of which were quite horrid. This one here starts off incredibly bad as we get some horrible jokes that simply aren't funny. One such joke includes a rather long sequence where Langdon is eating a sandwich and just randomly talking about a wide range of things. He just talks and talks and talks for no apparent reason other than trying to be funny but it's not even close. I didn't even crack a smile as the entire gag just seemed annoying. Things finally pick up at the very end when Dover comes up with some "fake arms" that Langdon can use to fight and I must admit that I finally laughed a couple times during this sequence. Another decent sequence is when Langdon sings "Frankie and Johnny" to a nice effect. Thelma Todd appears in a couple crowd shots but isn't given any dialogue.

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Short | Comedy | Western

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