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Fatal Footsteps (1926)

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Charley is obsessed with learning the Charleston, so he can enter and win a local contest, which promises a large prize and the hand in marriage of a beautiful woman.


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Charles R. Bowers ...
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Charley is driving everyone in the house nuts with his destructive Charleston lessons, but he is intent on winning a local dance contest. Despite some major setbacks (injuries and sabotaging housemates, not to mention that a local anti-dance organization is run by the head of the household), Charley invents some unique shoes with clever built-in modifications to ensure his success at the contest. Written by Mark Toscano <>

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charleston dance | dance


Short | Comedy





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29 November 1926 (USA)  »

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Fourth in a series of 13 Whirlwind Comedies produced by Charles R. Bowers. See more »

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Gets Very Good Mileage Out of the Material
21 February 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

In this short feature, Charley Bowers relies primarily on slapstick and a couple of simple comedy ideas, rather on than his usual array of gadgets and trick camera effects. The premise is pretty simple, and yet he squeezes quite a bit out of it, to make an entertaining short comedy.

In this movie, Charley plays a young man determined to win an upcoming Charleston contest. Both his efforts to teach himself and his special invention are amusing, and both are used quite well. The other characters are overplayed to an amusing degree, in contrast with the solemn determination of Charley's character. It builds up well to a good sequence using Charley's invention, which forms the basis for some of his familiar visual effects.

There are a number of Bowers short comedies that are more hilarious and inventive, but this one works pretty well, for what it set out to do.

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