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To Heir Is Human (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 14 January 1944 (USA)
Harry finds out he is the missing heir to an estate, and is summoned to an old, spooky mansion to collect his inheritance.



(story and screenplay) (as Monty Collins), (story and screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Harry Fenner
Velma, Harry's Kissing Cousin
Eddie Gribbon ...
Lew Kelly ...
A. Raven Sparrow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Board Chairman
Dr. I. M. Calm, who isn't


This Columbia short has Una Merkel and Harry Langdon billed above the title, in that order, with Harold Godsoe(who was an assistant director at Columbia and has no other director's credit on an American-made film) as the ONLY credited director on the film credits. Harry Edwards appears nowhere on this film's credits as the director. The first-billed Una Merkel has a job delivering telephone books, and is booted into, by Dr. I. M. Calm, the empty office across the hall of a Missing Persons Bureau. One A. Raven Sparrow (Lew Kelly, in his usual what-if-Boris Karloff went-really-looney tunes act) enters and offers her a thousand dollars to find a missing heir to a fortune, Harry Fenner (Harry Langdon.) Since this short runs less than twenty minutes, she is fortunate to find him washing the office windows. They make their way to the estate and find that "Uncle" Sparrow, his niece Velma (Christine McIntyre) and handyman-goon Bobo (Eddie Gribbon), who may or may not be related to anybody, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two great fun stars. Twice as funny together! [One-sheet poster] See more »


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14 January 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

To Heir Is Human (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Silent film legend Harry Langdon stars in this short as a man who inherits some money but before he can collect it he must fight his way through a creepy dark house. Una Merkel co-stars in this Columbia short, which has some pretty good laughs including a very funny bit involving an electrical bed. This is the first time I've seen Langdon, although I've got three of his silents sitting here. He was pretty impressive here but I'm expecting more from his silents.

As of now the only way to see this short is through collectors and traders.

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