Review: ‘The Strong Man’

A whale of a comedy production that has a wealth of slapstick, a rough-and-tumble finish and in the earlier passages bits of pantomimic comedy that are notable.

A whale of a comedy production that has a wealth of slapstick, a rough-and-tumble finish and in the earlier passages bits of pantomimic comedy that are notable.

Harry Langdon has a comic method distinct from other film fun makers. The quality of pathos enters into it more fully than the style of any other comedian with the possible exception of Chaplin. His gift of legitimate comedy here has a splendid vehicle.

There is one scene where the awkward hero is engaged in fighting off a bad cold while traveling in a crowded stagecoach. He earns the enmity of his fellow passengers and his pantomime display of helpless suffering mingled with indignation is an epic of laughable absurdity.

The Strong Man

Production

Langdon/First National. Director Frank Capra; Screenplay Arthur Ripley; Camera Elgin Lessley, Glenn Kershner; Editor Harold Young; Art Director Lloyd Brierly

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1926. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Harry Langdon Priscilla Bonner Gertrude Astor William V. Mong Robert McKim Arthur Thalasso
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