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Hollywood Runaround (1932)

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Monte Collins
Ralph Brooks
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18 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Not a highpoint in the history of comedy!
20 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The American Slapstick Volume 2 is a nice set of lesser known comedies. Oddly, in addition to many great slapstick era films, there are three sound comedies that all have the common thread of not being particularly funny. Instead of physical humor, the three films are much more vocal in style--and why they would put these in a slapstick collection is beyond me!

This particular film stars Monty Collins as a guy who is convinced to run for the mayor of Hollywood. The problem is that a local gangster has vowed to bump off anyone running against him. In some mildly funny moments, the gangsters bungle many accidents intended to get rid of Collins. Ultimately, the just kidnap him and threaten to blow him up (though a bullet in the head would have been a lot easier!). A Rin Tin Tin type dog manages to come to the rescue and Monty wins the election--though because the film is so unexciting, no one particularly cared!

Slow, not especially funny and amateurish--not exactly a highpoint in the history of comedy!


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