Harry is a hobo, one step ahead of the law. After accidentally foiling a purse snatcher, he cadges a ride on a flatbed truck, is knocked out when a wax figure falls on him during the ride, ... See full summary »

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Harry is a hobo, one step ahead of the law. After accidentally foiling a purse snatcher, he cadges a ride on a flatbed truck, is knocked out when a wax figure falls on him during the ride, and is carried into a museum by someone thinking he's another manikin. Inside, it takes him a while to figure out that he's among dummies. Then, two enterprising jewel thieves arrive to steal the museum director's priceless ruby. Cops are on hand as well: when the ruby goes missing, Harry may be the perfect fall guy. Can Harry stay away from the cops, foil the theft, and behave heroically in front of the museum director's daughter, the same woman whose purse he saved that morning? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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7 May 1933 (USA)  »

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Not bad, but a definite step below Harry Langdon's silents
9 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short is from disk 4 of the four-disk set entitled "Harry Langdon: Lost and Found"--a new lovely set of Langdon shorts. Up until its release, there really were very, very few of his shorts available, so it's a set well worth seeking if you are a fan of silent comedy. Unfortunately, most of disk 4 are his lesser-quality talking films. Knight Duty is such a talkie.

The once-famous Harry Langdon spent most of the 1930s and early 40s in second and third-rate productions by lesser studios. Whether or not this is due to Langdon's career choices or a fickle public, by the time KNIGHT DUTY came along, Harry's heyday was a definite thing of the past. The artsy and refined comedy he made in the days of silents was now replaced with much more brash and physical humor--not a particularly good trend for this particular comedian.

Harry begins the film as a hobo who helps a young lady. However, a cop (Vernon Dent, a perennial Langdon co-star) gives chase to Harry and through some odd circumstances, he is knocked out and transported to a wax museum. So far, the movie is well done--with some glimpses of the earlier Langdon. However, once at the museum, the comedy becomes much more physical and contrived. In many ways, what situations Langdon is in from here on in the film would have been better suited to The Three Stooges. However, despite this mismatch of styles, the film still is entertaining and watchable. Not bad, but certainly not among his finest.


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