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Bested by a Beard (1940)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  16 July 1940 (USA)
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With the collection agency after his furniture, Errol's solution is to disguise himself as a bearded crystal gazer.



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With the collection agency after his furniture, Errol's solution is to disguise himself as a bearded crystal gazer.

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16 July 1940 (USA)  »

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Seeing Double
19 February 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

No, this isn't one of the episodes in Leon Errol's comedy shorts for RKO in which he also plays Lord Epping. He does, however, dress up in a fake beard to dodge the guy who is going to repossess the furniture he owes money on. As often happens with these shorts, the fun lies in Errol's tics and pulled faces.

THere's also a couple of other people on hand that's good to see: there's Anita Garvin, once the go-to girl at Roach for sexy shrews. She doesn't get to do much here in early scenes, but she manages to make something of her role. Also on hand is Arthur O'Connell, who would be nominated twice for the Academy Award. He is best remembered for playing straight man to Freddie Prinze in CHICO AND THE MAN. It's good to see him here too, although this short is almost all about Errol and a crying baby.

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