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Crazy Like a Fox (1926)

Two rich capitalists want to marry their children, but they don't like the idea at all. She tries to run away, and meets him at the station. They fall in love, unbeknownst to their real ... See full summary »

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Leo McCarey

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H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Wilson - the Groom
William V. Mong ... George - the Bride's Father
Martha Sleeper ... The Bride
Milla Davenport Milla Davenport ... Mother
William Blaisdell ... Gov. Harrison
Max Asher ... Butler
Al Hallett Al Hallett ... Mr. Gloom - the Valet
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Two rich capitalists want to marry their children, but they don't like the idea at all. She tries to run away, and meets him at the station. They fall in love, unbeknownst to their real identities, and decide each on their own that they have to wreck their parents plan. He asks his valet, to put a small postscript on his letter of introduction, stating that he's crazy and has sometimes (at least six times a day) crazy spells. To try this he uses an innocent victim, who promptly phones the insane asylum, that one of their patients is on the loose. At his future parents-in-law's home he acts crazy, till the moment he finds out, who the intended bride really is. Her completely shocked father asks the family doctor about how to behave with a lunatic and receives the advice to act crazy herself, follows it, and is promptly taken to the insane asylum. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zo sluw als een vos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Worth Seeing For Charley Chase's Classic 'Crazy' Routine
24 February 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This two-reel comedy is worth seeing just for its centerpiece, which is Charley Chase's classic example of a character pretending to be crazy. There are some bland stretches, as well as some dated aspects that become rather distracting, and these keep the feature as a whole from being better. But there are also some hilarious moments that show Chase's style at its best.

The story has Chase and Martha Sleeper in a tangled romantic setting, which leads to Chase's character pretending to be insane, so that he can get out of an unwanted engagement. The script gets as much as you could ask out of the idea, and Chase is well-suited for this kind of premise. The main sequence also includes some creative comedy ideas, particularly the offbeat gag with the hat and the feather.

Oliver Hardy appears in the supporting cast, but only as a straight man, so he doesn't get to do much. The earlier sequences move rather slowly, but the concluding sequence works well enough. Overall, it's a solid if uneven comedy, with some highlights that make it well worth watching at least once.


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