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The Heckler (1940)

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An obnoxious heckler at a baseball game infuriates everybody.

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Charley's best Columbia two reeler: a hoot from start to finish.
28 September 1999 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

Unless you are an avid film collector of 16mm or 8mm films, this is a hard to find title that deserves to be seen again. By the time this film was released, Charley Chase had done his best work before and behind the camera. However, this hilarious 18 minute entry in his comedy series for Columbia clearly shows that his gift for comedy was as versatile and impeccable as ever. A remake of an earlier 30's Educational short, entitled, "The Loudmouth", this updated version allows Charley to portray a character altogether different from his usual, happy go lucky, Good Time Charley appearance. Shot for shot, this may be the funniest sound short Chase ever made. Loaded with sight gags a plenty and some of the most seasoned comedy character comedians that date back to the silent days of film making, this makes a most noteworthy entry in Columbia's short subject factory. It is a shame that only the short films of the Three Stooges are allowed to be seen by Columbia's home video department because there is a motion picture treasure awaiting the consumer in the "lost" Columbia films of Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Andy Klyde, Charley Chase and scores of other brilliant comics. Out of the 20 films Charley Chase made for Columbia, more than half of them are very good, with only a few that don't hold up today. "The Heckler", "The Wrong Miss Wright", "Rattling Romeo", and "The Big Squirt" are, in my opinion, the best Columbia shorts Chase made. His directing and writing efforts at the studio were of note too as he contributed to some of the finest films of the Three Stooges, Andy Klyde and Tom Kennedy. In "The Heckler", we get to see a unique portrayal by Chase. Sadly, after two more films, he was to die too young and too early to see his films appreciated by new generations.


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