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30 March 1924 (USA) See more »
Jimmy Jump is a coward. Everyone and everything makes him afraid. He cowers from the neighborhood children... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charley Chase ... Jimmy Jump
Beth Darlington ... Dorothy - the Doctor's Daughter
Earl Mohan ... Lem Tucker - the Village Sheik
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Cobb ... Member of the Gang (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Member of the Gang (uncredited)
Helen Gilmore ... Lem Tucker's Mother (uncredited)
Ernest Morrison ... Member of the Gang (uncredited)
Andy Samuel ... Member of the Gang (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Jimmy's Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
James Parrott  (as James G. Parrott)
Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Knudtson (musical score composed by) (2005 alternate version)
Music Department
Dave Knudtson .... performer: original score (2005 alternate version)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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12 min (2005 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)


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Don't be afraid to watch, 17 October 2009
Author: hte-trasme from United States

This appears to be one of the better-known of Charley Chase's early "Jimmy Jump" one-reelers because it also happens to feature the debut of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" kids. Here they are funny only as a foil to Chase -- a group of local kids who torment the super-cowardly Charley, and upon whom he gets his comeuppance after getting a burst of courage later. Fortunately, that humor reflecting off of Charley is very funny, as is the rest of the film.

One thing that Chase did really well was to take his basic character, put a simple but often outlandish twist on it, and draw great comedy out of the complications that naturally arise. He might be the world's most forgetful man (as in the much later "The Mind Needer") or even be afflicted by a strange condition that causes time to freeze every once in a while just for him (as in "Life Hesitates at 40"). Here, developing this trick, his problem is that he is extremely cowardly; when he overhears "diet a week" and thinks this means he will die in a week (though why he thinks his girlfriend's father is to be trusted with such a prognosis we don't know), his character reverses with very amusing results.

It's well-structured as always with Charley, but more slapsticky than usual, and happily the slapstick works well. The funniest sequence, though, is a wonderful gag that involves Charley not having to speak the romantic lines he wishes he could because the man across the hedge is doing it for him.

Watch for a shot where you can lip-read Charley speaking an expletive beginning with F that wouldn't be aloud in his later sound films.

This is an extremely funny little film with a satisfying story and good structure packed only into ten minutes -- Charley Chase represents himself well his fans (such as me) and for people who come to this short just for the Little Rascals.

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