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The Head Guy (1930)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  11 January 1930 (USA)
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Harry is made the temporary stationmaster in a small town.


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Cast overview:
Harry, Temporary Station Master
Judith Barrett ...
Nancy (as Nancy Dover)
Eddie Dunn ...
Mr. Dunn, the Producer


During a rain storm that follows a snow storm, Nancy comes to the train station to tell stationmaster Kennedy that he's needed at home to see his new twin infants. She promises Kennedy that Harry, her beau, will manage things just fine. Kennedy is dubious but reels off instructions and leaves. Harry's clueless. When a trainload of cabaret performers disembarks for a layover, Harry joins a rehearsing chorus line; Nancy sees him with these immoral women, so she declares she'll never speak to him again. While he cries in his lunch, she puts her morals and her skirt aside to join the rehearsal. When the train pulls away, will she leave Harry in the lurch? Written by <>

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Short | Comedy





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11 January 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Roach + Langdon = No Laughs
2 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Head Guy, The (1930)

* (out of 4)

To say this film has a plot would be somewhat of a stretch but it starts off with Edgar Kennedy having to leave the train station because his wife has just delivered twins. He puts Harry Langdon in charge who wrecks things from the word go and things don't get much better when a group of dancing girls show up. The scary thing about this horrid picture is that it's actually a minor step up from Langdon's previous Hal Roach effort SKIRT SHY. As with that film, the story here is just downright horrid and often times it seems as if no thought went into the picture and they just filmed stuff even if it wasn't meant to be in the movie. Just take a look at a sequence at the half-way mark where Langdon goes off into a room and crimes while saying he wants to die. This was exactly how I was feeling while watching this film but this sequence has a bizarre situation where Langdon just mumbles to himself and eventually stuffs a sandwich into his mouth while not making a bit of sense. Was this meant to be funny? Did no one at the studio dare say something about how bad this thing was turning out? THE HEAD GUY is just one sorry scene after another and for the life of me I can't understand what Langdon was doing here. The comic timing was extremely poor and he was just quite annoying. I'm still not sure why he was in the clown make up. We get Thelma Todd in a very quick sequence where she asks Langdon to walk her dog and that's it.

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