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Big Red Riding Hood (1925)

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 »

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writer:

Hal Roach
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Jimmy Jump
Martha Sleeper ... The Maid, Book Store Clerk
Helen Gilmore ... Book Buyer / Red Riding Hood in Fantasy
Richard Daniels Richard Daniels ... The Maid's Father, the Book Store Dealer
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Cop
Jack Ackroyd Jack Ackroyd ... Another Scholar
John B. O'Brien ... Car Thief (as Jack O'Brien)
Dick Gilbert ... Car Thief with Glasses (as Fighting Dick Gilbert)
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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, 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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 April 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le grand chaperon rouge See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chase/Jump and McCarey at their zany best
10 April 2017 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

There are two takes that one finds on Charley Chase. There are those who think of his silent films as some sort of preparation for what is to come after (although it is never very clear to me what glorious "afterwards" they are thinking about and there are those (myself included) who have little doubt that his best films are the silents and, to my mind, the best of those are to be found amongst the early "Jimmy Jump" series when Chase was working with Leo McCarey (later of course famous for his association with the best of Laurel and Hardy and with the Marx brothers as well ass such classic comedies as The Part-time Wife and The Awful Truth).

The Jimmy Jumps are of variable quality but some have a surreal quality that marks them out from the average Charley Chase film (of any period). My personal favourite is I think The Rat's Knuckles but this film runs it close in its cheer zaniness. Even the initial idea - that Jump has been commissioned to translate Little Red Riding Hood into Swedish - is excellent and sets the tone for the off-beat events that follow. There is crime and a car-chase but totally unlike the equivalent events in other comedies and perfectly integrated with the central fantasy - the obsessive reader - that runs through the entire film.


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