Skirt Shy (1929)

  |  Comedy, Short

Harry must pose as a woman to help the women he works for get a marriage proposal.


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20 January 2011 | lowbrowstudios
Mother Macree In Drag
Harry plays the butler of the house but spends the majority of this short masquerading as the lady of the house in a most unlikely manner. Lucky for him the elderly gentleman caller is blind as a bat. Of course, that doesn't explain what the second amorous caller sees in him...uh...her. It's mostly an excuse for the two men to draw pistols at each other and for Harry to be constantly caught up in the cross fire.

What with all of the gun play and running around in the garden it doesn't leave a lot of time for any Langdon routines to be fully developed. We do get to see Harry's mind at work when he and the maid try to hatch a plan to save the house. That is, the maid thinks while Harry keeps striking poses similar to Rodan's 'The Thinker'. He finally decides to sleep on it. Later out in the garden Harry has a private battle with a pair of boxing gloves attached to a tree branch that continually hit him in the face. He brushes them away and they swing right back into his face. Most comedians would wrap up the gag after a couple of smacks but not Langdon. He sits there continually swatting and being smacked. His mind is essentially of one-track and he would still be sitting in that garden being smacked in the face to this very day if it was at all possible. It was these idiosyncrasies that made Langdon so unique to watch.

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