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Big Red Riding Hood (1925)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  26 April 1925 (USA)
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Jimmy is asked by the Swedish Government to translate for educational purpose "Little Red Riding Hood", but he can't afford to buy the book, so he tries reading it at the book shop, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jimmy Jump
Martha Sleeper ...
The Maid, Book Store Clerk
Helen Gilmore ...
Richard Daniels ...
The Maid's Father, the Book Store Dealer
Leo Willis ...
Jack Ackroyd ...
Another Scholar
John B. O'Brien ...
Car Thief (as Jack O'Brien)
Dick Gilbert ...
Car Thief with Glasses (as Fighting Dick Gilbert)


Jimmy is asked by the Swedish Government to translate for educational purpose "Little Red Riding Hood", but he can't afford to buy the book, so he tries reading it at the book shop, something the owner doesn't like. But with a little help by the owner's wife it is not impossible, even when the book is bought by somebody else, put in a car and the car is stolen... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Short | Comedy




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26 April 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le grand chaperon rouge  »

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9 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Big Red Riding Hood" was a Charley Chase one-reeler released after he had already started releasing two-reel comedies. Maybe that led to a conception that he could save the complex mini-farce-like comedies of humiliation for the longer format where he could go into more detail, but for whatever reason this short is takes a goofy, wacky premise and runs with it in a goofy, wacky, very funny way.

Charley is a very poor bookworm who has received an offer that will make him rich if he translates "Little Red Riding Hood" into Swedish -- but he can't afford the books. So with the collaboration of a bookshop-owner's smitten daughter in Martha Sleeper (who is a great co-star -- cute as a button and very expressive; she's hilarious swooning over Charley's touch while he reads and absentmindedly touches her hand).

There follows an inspired series of complex and often set-piece gags of Charley Chase reading the book no matter what -- with a telescope above the shop's awning, and eventually bicycling next to its new owner's car, all with his usual taking of the totally absurd in stride. With Charley's singleminded determination on his goal and the impressive series of mechanical gags especially near the end this short actually starts to remind one of Buster Keaton.

There's also an inventive dream sequence inserted in which we see Charley imagining himself and another customer and Red Riding Hood and the Woodsman, an amusing concept. This is one of Charley's most memorable shorts -- growing out of a single monomaniac and absurd premise that he manages to make somehow believable, and full of inspired gags stemming from it.

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