Chaplin Competitor Discovered

An excerpt from Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory by Brent Walker On November 9, 1923, Sennett signed Langdon to a lucrative two-year contract, prior to releasing his first comedy.  However, instead of Smile Please, the first Langdon Sennett comedy released by Pathé was Picking Peaches (initially previewed on November 27, 1923, and released on February 3, 1924).…

Day 13 of 30 Days of Harry!

What a ladies man! Langdon with Ruth Hiatt in Saturday Afternoon (1926) Langdon with June Marlowe in The White Wing’s Bride (1923) The Head Guy (1930) Langdon with Una Merkel in To Heir is Human (1944) Langdon with Judith Barrett and Ethel Sykes in Marriage Humor (1933) Langdon with Dorothy Granger in His Marriage Mix-Up (1935) Langdon with Thelma Todd in The Shrimp (1930) Langdon with Marceline Day in The Hansom Cabman (1924) Langdon with Elsie Ames in What Makes Lizzy Dizzy (1942) The…

Nobody’s Baby – Part II

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part II by Chris Seguin “Well well well well well!” Hal Roach and the Talkies With Harry’s First National contract over and done with, Hal Roach was in a position to capitalize on the opportunity: He would finally have Harry…

Nobody’s Baby – Part I

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part I by Chris Seguin He’s been called The Baby.  The Little Elf.  An alien.  James Agee likened him to a baby dope fiend.  Walter Kerr compared him to “a comma”.  One title card simply christened his character “the Odd…