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Waltzing Around (1929)

Two zany transients get jobs as vendors at a sports arena. One of them accidently knocks out one of the fighters, and must take his place, with his partner acting as referee.

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(story and scenario) (as Paul Gerard Smith)
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Paul McCullough ...
William Halligan
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Young Krovatsky
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Farmer
Otto Fries ...
Dan Tobey ...
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Kid Williams ...
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Charles Sullivan
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Two zany transients get jobs as vendors at a sports arena. One of them accidently knocks out one of the fighters, and must take his place, with his partner acting as referee.

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Comedy | Short

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13 May 1929 (USA)  »

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(Movietone)

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1.20 : 1
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A 16mm print exists in a private collection. See more »

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Harold Kelp: What do you expect for three dollars, the Civil War?
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Great pacing and acting not typical for a 1929 sound film
9 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Either you love Clark and McCullough or you don't. I am one who loves the team.

For years, only their RKO 2 reel shorts have turned up for modern audiences to view and comment on. All their 1928-1929 Fox films and negatives were destroyed in a major nitrate fire. Only Reel 2 of The Belle of Samoa exists in 35mm at the Library of Congress. There are two complete 16mm prints in a private collection - The Belle of Samoa and Waltzing Around.

Clark has been referred to as Groucho on Speed, while McCullough is overshadowed by his partner's energy. Here Clark is still Clark but a little more subdued. McCullough has more dialog and humorous bits of business.

Florence Lake in her third film roll as George's girlfriend has a couple of good exchanges with Otto Fries. Later she became better known as Edgar Kennedy's wife in his series.

Harry Sweet, who directed Waltzing Around, became head of the RKO shorts dept. He may have been instrumental in getting the team their own series there.

The film opens with the boys on the open road. They walk by a greenhouse, then come back. Temptation wins out, all but one window is broken. The farmer comes after them with rifle in hand. That night they become vendors in a sports arena irritating the crowd. When a boxer is accidentally knocked out. the promoter assumes MacCullough is responsible and hires him as a replacement.

Waltzing Around has great gags, pacing and acting that is not typical of a sound film released in May of 1929. It was copyrighted 5 months earlier in January with a running time of 28 minutes on 4 reels..


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