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Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  15 October 1927 (USA)
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Mishaps befall a new home owner (Davidson) located next door to an insane asylum.



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Credited cast:
Asylum inmate
Asylum inmate
James Finlayson ...
Asylum inmate
Asylum inmate
Max Davidson ...
Papa Gimplewart
Lillian Elliott ...
Mama Gimplewart
Spec O'Donnell ...
Love's Greatest Mistake
Leo Willis ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Brownlee ...
Prospective house buyer
Edgar Dearing ...
Otto Fries ...
Bit part
Charlie Hall ...
Asylum inmate
Fay Holderness ...
Charles Meakin ...
House buyer
Lyle Tayo ...


Max wants to sell his home, because of the crazy neighbours. Somebody else wants to get rid of his house, too, so they swap. But that house turns out to be a chaos of installation. The lights are not connected with the right switches, gas and water are mixed up, and the floor has a list, too. During the house-warming party, it comes to a battle between two relatives, who have little respect for others property, but that's not the worst blow for Max that evening... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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15 October 1927 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film was made just days after Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had finished filming The Second 100 Years (1927), in which they play shaven-headed convicts. Thus, the reason for the boys' buzz-cut hairdos in this film. See more »


Referenced in Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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Strange comedy, guest starring Stan 'n' Ollie
12 March 2005 | by See all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Silent

(Black and white - Short film)

Desperate to escape their crazy neighbors, Max and his family accept a house-swap sight unseen, but their new home turns out to be a dilapidated wreck...

Though headlined by silent star Max Davidson, Clyde Bruckman's unusual comedy opens with second-billed Laurel and Hardy performing strange, child-like mimes with James Finlayson outside Davidson's property, rather like circus clowns dressed in regular outfits! Once the action shifts to Davidson's new home, however, the movie becomes less interesting, as the building collapses around him at every turn. Davidson's bearded appearance and overcooked performance suggests - intentionally or not - some kind of appalling Jewish caricature, which taints the entire movie. One of the intertitles describes his nerdish son (Spec O'Donnell) as 'Love's great mistake!', a pre-Code insult which just about takes the biscuit, even today!

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