The Nightshirt Bandit (1938)

  |  Comedy, Short

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A criminology professor sets out to find the "sleepwalking bandit", but when he finally catches up with the somnambulistic thief, it's not quite who he thought it would be.



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10 October 2014 | MartinHafer
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This film is on the second volume of the Charley Chase shorts from Columbia. Interestingly, I noticed that the films became progressively worse as I watched them--like they deliberately stuck the bad ones at the end. This one was pretty bad, as it was amazingly silly (not in a good way) and relied too much on slapstick. In many ways it looked and sounded more like a Three Stooges Short (also from Columbia) than a Chase short.

When the film begins, you learn that there is some weirdo out stealing things. He is a kleptomaniac sleepwalker and the university seems to be his target. So, the Dean goes to the new professor of Criminology, Charley, to find out more about this thief. Little do either know that Charley is the thief--and that night he's back in action. However, this time he awakens and realizes what he's been doing. But by then, it's too late--he's stolen a lot of important stuff--including some of the college funds! To retrieve the money, he needs to sneak into a girls dorm and retrieve the money that was just stolen again by an annoying dog. What follows are a lot of pratfalls and slapping of Charley on the butt.

Does this sound like a Charley Chase film? No. Slapping, falling, hitting and the like, this is pretty much a Stooge-style film and it doesn't work all that well.

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Comedy | Short


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28 October 1938



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