Harry Langdon

Lowest Rated: 83% The Flying Deuces (1939)
Birthday: Jun 15, 1884
Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
After working several odd jobs, Harry Langdon joined an Omaha medicine show and went on to spend 20 years traveling with minstrel shows, circuses, burlesque, and vaudeville; he had some success with a comedy act called "Jimmy's New Car." Langdon was in his late 30s when he joined Mack Sennett's film company in 1923. He quickly appeared in numerous two-reel comedies, in the course of which he developed his own screen persona: his childlike face covered by traditional pantomime white make-up, he wore a tightly buttoned jacket as though he were a boy who had outgrown it. Juvenile in appearance, he played the bewildered, clumsy, wide-eyed simpleton out of step with the behavior of normal adults, eerily baffled by erotic situations and naively trusting in the world's goodness. The character caught on, and by 1926 he was one of the Big Four of American screen comedy (along with Chaplin, Lloyd, and Keaton). His best work was done in collaboration with director Harry Edwards and writer Frank Capra. Langdon's enormous success fuelled his ego, and after a year or two he dispensed with Edwards and Capra and took sole responsibility for his films. Langdon was soon fired by his film company, after which he returned to vaudeville for almost two years. When he returned to Hollywood, the sound era was underway and he was out of touch with prevailing fashions. He went on to appear in numerous films as a character player, and also starred in dozen of talkie shorts, never reclaiming his earlier popularity.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Actor 1962
No Score Yet When Comedy Was King Actor 1960
No Score Yet Swingin' on a Rainbow Chester Willouby 1945
No Score Yet Pistol Packin' Nitwits Actor 1945
No Score Yet Hot Rhythm Whiffie 1944
No Score Yet Spotlight Scandals Oscar 1943
No Score Yet House of Errors Actor 1942
No Score Yet Road Show Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Hap Holden 1941
No Score Yet Misbehaving Husbands Henry Butler 1940
No Score Yet Saps at Sea Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet A Chump at Oxford Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Zenobia, (Elephants Never Forget) Professor McCrackle 1939
83% The Flying Deuces Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet A Doggone Mixup Actor 1938
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart Minister 1938
No Score Yet Block-Heads Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Mad About Money Otto 1937
No Score Yet My Weakness Cupid 1933
No Score Yet Hooks and Jabs Actor 1933
88% Hallelujah, I'm a Bum Egghead 1933
No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything Tim 1930
No Score Yet The Chaser Director Husband 1928
No Score Yet Three's a Crowd The Odd Fellow Director 1927
No Score Yet His First Flame Harry Howells 1927
No Score Yet Long Pants Harry Shelby 1927
No Score Yet Harry Langdon: The Forgotten Clown Actor 1926
No Score Yet The Strong Man Paul Bergot Producer 1926
No Score Yet Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Harry Logan Producer 1926
No Score Yet Baby Face Harry Langdon Actor 1926
No Score Yet His Marriage Wow Harold Hope 1925
No Score Yet Boobs in the Wood The Boy, Chester Winfield 1925
No Score Yet The Sea Squawk Actor 1925
No Score Yet Feet of Mud Actor 1924
No Score Yet All Night Long Actor 1924
No Score Yet The Hansom Cabman (Be Careful) Actor 1924
No Score Yet The Luck o' the Foolish Actor 1924
No Score Yet The First 100 Years Actor 1924
No Score Yet His New Mamma Actor 1924
No Score Yet Smile Please The Hero 1924
No Score Yet Picking Peaches Actor 1924
No Score Yet Shanghaied Lovers Actor

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