Cold Turkey (1940)

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Harry wins a turkey at a raffle.


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18 July 2018 | MartinHafer
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| Pretty much what I expected from Harry.
Back in the 1920s, Harry Langdon made some dandy comedies...mostly with Frank Capra directing. However, Langdon apparently wasn't very bright...and he left the studio to do films his way. His way was apparently code for 'dull', and the shorts he made post-Capra were pretty limp. Of all these, his last shorts were for Columia....and this isn't surprising as this studio made a habit out of hiring folks who were down and out. This was, believe it or not, true of the Three Stooges...who bombed in most of their shots with MGM. In addition, Columbia hired Buster Keaton and Charley Chase when they both were down-and-out....and this was true with quite a few other comedians of the era.

The story is set around Christmas and Harry wins a turkey in an office raffle. Unfortunately, it's a LIVE turkey and the animal causes all sorts of trouble when he brings it home. He also has trouble because when he and his wife are talking about preparing the bird, she tells him he needs to kill it...and a nosy neighbor thinks they're going to kill him.

Like the other Columbia shorts I've seen starring Harry Langdon, this one is not especially good. It has a few good moments here and there but overall, it just isn't funny.

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Comedy | Short

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Release Date:

18 October 1940

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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