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The Awful Goof (1939)

A girl keeps meeting Charley the wrong moments, including losing her dress in his car, and later he finds himself in her apartment. Her jealous boxer-husband is obsessed with killing Charley after seeing them together again and again.

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A girl keeps meeting Charley the wrong moments, including losing her dress in his car, and later he finds himself in her apartment. Her jealous boxer-husband is obsessed with killing Charley after seeing them together again and again.

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22 December 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Which Way to Orson Welles?
9 January 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Charley is on his way to marry Dorothy Comingore when his cab gets stuck in the mud, so he grabs a car from the local garage -- one without brakes, of course. This is directed by Del Lord, master of the automobile comedy. Along the way, there is a brief detour into a remake of Chase's 1927 classic LIMOUSINE LOVE, and then a series of incidents with the same couple.

Although everyone works hard in this short and there are plenty of laughs, this one is clearly a Columbia comedy short, pitched at the level and audience of the Three Stooges. Charley knew how to perform this sort of comedy. The gag construction is impeccable and the execution decent, but this season of Chase at Columbia was not as strong as it had been the previous year. Still, Chase and Lord would come back in 1940 with a couple of classic shorts, so it's best to enjoy this one for what it is: good, if not great.


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