The Head Guy (1930)

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Harry is made the temporary stationmaster in a small town.


(as Fred L. Guiol)


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Cast overview:
Harry, Temporary Station Master
The Star
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





Release Date:

11 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Re: Surreal
20 January 2011 | by (Southern Califonia) – See all my reviews


This was made *80 years ago.* Yet it seems like longer -- or maybe outside of time altogether.

The whole piece is dreamlike and surreal.

Harry, in his white clown makeup, is, initially, shocking and not entirely okay. Nevertheless, he soon becomes sympathetic, though never believable.

Judith Barrett as the ingenue completely lacks any acting ability whatsoever, yet by sheer persistence, she, too, becomes sympathetic.

All through the 30-minute short, there's a detailed, realistic rainstorm going on outdoors, which is absolutely impossible to reconcile with the fluffy fantasy going on indoors.

The true highlight is Harry's anguished soliloquy over the loss of his girl, punctuated by his hungry bites at the sandwich in front of him.

I wouldn't have missed it for the world, but I'm going to have trouble explaining it to my friends.

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