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Harry Langdon

Highest Rated:   100% Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)
Lowest Rated:   83% The Flying Deuces (1939)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Comedy Masters of Yesteryear, V. 1
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet My Weakness
  • Cupid
1933
No Score Yet Hooks and Jabs
  • Actor
1933
100% Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
  • Egghead
1933
No Score Yet Harry Langdon Talkies
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything
  • Tim
1930
No Score Yet Comedy Masters of Yesteryear, V. 5
  • Actor
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 Films of Harry Langdon - V. 1
  • Actor
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 Films of Harry Langdon - V. 2
  • Actor
1924
No Score Yet Shanghaied Lovers
  • Actor

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