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(as Edward I. Luddy)

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(comic strip Hairbreadth Harry)
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Earl McCarthy ...
Hairbreadth Harry
Erin La Rue ...
Beautiful Belinda
John J. Richardson ...
Relentless Rudolph (as Jack Richardson)
Fred Lancaster ...
The Chief
Perry Murdock ...
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8 January 1927 (USA)  »

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Hairbreadth Harry #5: Sign Them Papers  »

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Followed by The Villain (1927) See more »

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Fun, tongue-in-cheek slapstick
11 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like silent slapstick, this is a fun short. It involves lots of ridiculous chases and an extended drag sequence that is rather astonishing. Some trick photography adds to the silliness. There are moments that get repetitive, but overall I found it very enjoyable. The "Hairbreadth Harry" film series was based on a famous newspaper comic strip of the same name. The whole thing is a spoof, so the characters are cartoony, and the producers went to some effort to cast actors who resemble the comic-strip characters (Earl McCarthy, who died tragically young, is an especially good Harry). Fun fact: the comic strip started as a spoof of stage melodrama; by the time the film versions came out, there was a well- established tradition of movie melodrama to make fun of.


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