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Skirt Shy (1929)

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Harry must pose as a woman to help the women he works for get a marriage proposal.


(as Charles H. Rogers) , (uncredited)


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Cast overview:
Harry Langdon ...
Dobbs, the butler
May Wallace ...
Maggie Herring
Tom Ricketts ...
Edgar, the old beau
Judith Barrett ...
Nancy, the maid (as Nancy Dover)


Dobbs and Nancy, butler and maid to dowager Maggie Herring, learn from their employer that she is broke. If Edgar, her aged suitor, doesn't propose immediately, she'll lose the house and the pair will lose their jobs. While Maggie's off at the bank seeking mercy, Edgar arrives with flowers. To detain him, Nancy convinces Dobbs to don Maggie's clothes. "Pretend to be angry," Nancy advises. The plan seems to be working, with Edgar penitent and Dobbs unforgiving, when a gun-slinging Westerner, who used to court Maggie, arrives to seek her hand again. Bricks, bullets, and bloomers fly. Written by <>

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dowager | bloomers | butler | flowers | suitor | See more »


Comedy | Short





Release Date:

30 November 1929 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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According to an advertisement from the Ogden Standard Examiner (dated July 20, 1930) this film proceeded New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930) three nights in a row at the Orpheum Theater in Ogden, Utah. See more »

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Downright Horrid Short from Langdon
2 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Skirt Shy (1929)

* (out of 4)

Incredibly bad Hal Roach short has Harry Langdon dressing in drag, pretending to be the home's owner who plans on making sure the elderly man she wants to marry waits at the house until the real owner gets home. While all of this is going on another man in love with the woman shows up and soon the two men are fighting it out while Langdon, in drag, keeps it going. I'm sure I'll get some death threats due to this but I'm really not a big fan of Langdon. I still need to see some of his classic work but I haven't been too impressed with his pre-Capra silent shorts and this entry in the sound game didn't improve my opinion either. I'm not going to blame all the issues on Langdon but at the same time I can't see any type of "performance" from the man. We'll start with the screenplay, which is a downright joke as nothing much happens and what does happen certainly isn't funny. For nearly fifteen-minutes we see the two men fight it out with fists, guns and a variety of other ways while both are too stupid to notice that the woman they're fighting for isn't a woman at all. It's not as if they did Langdon up to make him look like a woman so this gag is ruined right from the start. None of the fights are all that good and the only thing that mad me laugh was the one punch thrown by the old man early on. The entire film looks like a bunch of outtakes thrown together and it's pretty incoherent as well. I know fans of Langdon will want to see him in anything so this is certainly recommended for them only.

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