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Three's a Crowd (1927)





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After achieving success in the mid-'20s, Harry Langdon decided to emulate the silent era's premier comedian -- Charles Chaplin -- and turn auteur. He fired Frank Capra from his staff and directed this feature on his own. Although both writer (and future director) Arthur Ripley and director Harry Edwards stayed on with Langdon, the story line and directoral approach clearly indicate that Langdon was doing his darndest to encroach on Chaplin's pathos-laden terrain. It's a simple story, stretched quite a bit to fill out six reels -- Harry is a timid dreamer who longs for a wife and family. He believes he's achieved his heart's desire when he finds a pregnant girl (Gladys McConnell) in a snowstorm. Harry happily takes care of his new family -- until the girl's husband (Cornelius Keefe) finds her and takes her and the baby back home. Unfortunately, when Langdon directed this picture, he laid on the sentiment but forgot about the comedy, so there are few laughs to be had. Three's a Crowd was a commercial flop, as were the next two films that Langdon directed. After that, he was fired by his studio, First National, and he lost Ripley, who returned to Mack Sennett's studio.


Harry Langdon
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I saw this with live accompaniment at the Cleveland Cinematheque. This is the first of three silent features in which Langdon broke with Frank Capra and decided to direct himself to be like the more talented Chaplin. Arthur Ripley who got his start as a gag writer for Mack Sennett just like Capra continued to write for Langdon, but Langdon isn't as successful at combining the laughter and the tears. There are some good physical gags to be found here, however not enough. Harry takes in a young woman and her newborn from a snowstorm. He dreams with childlike naiveté that the woman's husband, who got cold feet with the news of needing to support a little one, is a caricature villain in a black hat, and that he, Harry, can form a tight-knit family with the woman he's never met before. It strains credulity and my patience. After reading Frank Capra's autobiography, I may give Langdon another chance with one or two of his earlier films.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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It's an okay melodrama, it goes for a couple of laughs here and there, but if it had more humor I think it would have been more enjoyable. A lot of scenes are pretty boring and a little too long as well. The drama side of it is cute, but overall, it's not a good drama either, the movie is just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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