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The Nervous Wreck (1926)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  10 October 1926 (USA)
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Henry Williams, out in Arizona looking for a cure for his imaginary ills, stops at the ranch of Jud Morgan, and decides to stay. Jud's daughter, Sally, attracts his attention, although she ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Mack Swain ...
Jerome Underwood
Hobart Bosworth ...
Jud Morgan
Paul Nicholson ...
Bob Wells
Harriet Underwood
Charles K. Gerrard ...
Reggie De Vere
Clarence Burton ...
Andy McNab


Henry Williams, out in Arizona looking for a cure for his imaginary ills, stops at the ranch of Jud Morgan, and decides to stay. Jud's daughter, Sally, attracts his attention, although she is engaged to be married to Sheriff Bob Wells. Henry rides with her to town, where she wants to go shopping for her wedding clothes, but they run out of gas. No, problem' Henry holds up a passing motorist, with a monkey-wrench, and takes gasoline out of his car. They stop at a ranch where the foreman makes them become the cook and dishwasher. Then Jerome Underwood and his daughter, Harriet, arrive and they recognize Henry and Sally as the ones who held them up for gas. The jealous sheriff adds to the complications. Written by Les Adams <>

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10 October 1926 (USA)  »

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Amor e Pílulas  »

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starring Harrison Ford ... no, not THAT one.
16 April 2003 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Poor Harrison Ford ... the FIRST one, I mean! In silent-film days, Harrison Ford had a fine career as a leading man and light comedian. His good looks and talent brought him to the brink of front-rank stardom, but his career didn't survive the transition to talkies. By the time another actor named Harrison Ford came along (no relation), the original had sunk into such total obscurity that he is now remembered at all only due to the coincidence of his name. In fact, the modern-day Harrison Ford (the famous one) had never heard of the original Harrison Ford until (early in his own movie career, before 'American Graffiti') he was trudging along Hollywood's Walk of Stars and he saw his own name set into the pavement!

'The Nervous Wreck' is a good showcase for the talents of Harrison Ford ... the first one. This film is based on a hit comedy play which was later remade as starring vehicles for Eddie Cantor ('Whoopee!') and Danny Kaye ('Up in Arms'). He plays a hypochondriac who heads off into the open countryside for the sake of his health, not realising that what's really wrong with him is his mental state. Gorgeous blonde Phyllis Haver nursemaids him. Out in the open countryside, he runs afoul of crooks and crackpots. Mack Swain is very funny here as a local blowhard. There are several fine performances in this movie, but Swain upstages everyone and steals the film.

'The Nervous Wreck' is quite funny, although I prefer Eddie Cantor's version. Harrison Ford (THIS bloke, not the other guy) wasn't one of the great silent-film actors, but he deserves to be better known. It's unfortunate that he's doomed to the purgatory reserved for second-rung celebrities who happen to have the same names as first-rung celebrities ... such as Winston Churchill (the American novelist), George Segal (the sculptor) and Engelbert Humperdinck (the 19th-century German composer). And don't let's forget Robert DeNiro, the painter whose namesake son became a movie actor. I'll rate 'The Nervous Wreck' 7 points out of 10.

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