Sharing Harry

By Ben Model I must have been ten or eleven when I saw my first Langdon picture.  It was Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, shown at a film club at my local high school.  I really liked Harry Langdon, and thought he was hilarious.  And, as with Chaplin and Keaton, I wanted to share Langdon’s comedy with…

Enigma Chaser

By Wayne Powers The evolution of Langdon’s unique “elf” character has been explored, acknowledged and acclaimed internationally by some of the most respected film historians and scholars.  Langdon’s trail-blazing comedic approach had a tremendous impact on the output of his peers, (especially Stan Laurel), and launched a sea change in the direction of film comedy.…

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…