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The Strong Man (1926)

A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by ... See full summary »

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Frank Capra

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Arthur Ripley (story), Hal Conklin (adapted by) | 5 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Harry Langdon ... Paul Bergot
Priscilla Bonner ... Mary Brown
Gertrude Astor ... 'Lily' of Broadway
William V. Mong ... 'Holy Joe'
Robert McKim ... 'Mike' McDevitt
Arthur Thalasso Arthur Thalasso ... 'Zandow the Great'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Brent Helen Brent
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A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by long distance. After the war, the young Belgian journeys to America as assistant to a theatrical "strong man", Zandow the Great (Arthur Thalasso). While in America, he searches for Mary Brown... and he finds her, just as word comes that Zandow is incapacitated and the little nebbish must go on stage in his place. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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He couldn't tear a piece of paper without losing his breath- he isn't big enough to carry a chip on his shoulder- but the muscles around his funny bone bulge like blisters on a balloon tyre. (Print ad- Sunday Mail, ((Brisbane, Queensland)) 13 February 1927)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atleta à Força See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Excellent Piece of Slapstick
22 April 2009 | by vaughan-34See all my reviews

Having read the comment proceeding my own, I felt compelled to write a brief comment about this film (that I watched yesterday).

Sadly the previous reviewer didn't laugh a single time, which is in direct conflict with my own experience, I laughed out loud at several places in the film (and I watched it at 4:00am, so laughing out loud isn't ideal!) I enjoyed just about every aspect of the film, from the actors to the set-pieces, to the silly and poignant. There is even one moment of pure cinematic brilliance when a last curtain/sheet tears into shreds (when you see the film you'll know the sequence I'm talking about) which I thought was visually arresting.

Sadly we are too often drawn to categorize and judge films based on what is "best" or "more worthy". It seems every film must be judged against the very best at all times. I think this is a little unfair, and prefer to maintain a more open mind.

The bottom line was, this film actually did make me laugh out loud, and I was entertained throughout. From the opening sequences on the battlefield to the finale at that den on inequity. I highly recommend it to everyone, and it's certainly worth seeking out.

10 out of 10 for me, I'm going to rewatch this tonight with my good wife. Good times!


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