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Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 15 October 1927 (USA)
Mishaps befall a new home owner located next door to an insane asylum.

Director:

Clyde Bruckman

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Max Davidson ... Papa Gimplewart
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Love's Greatest Mistake
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mama Gimplewart
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Party Guest
James Finlayson ... Asylum Inmate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Levine Jackie Levine ... Son of Party Guest
Andy Shuford ... Son of Party Guest
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Storyline

Max wants to sell his home, because of the crazy neighbours. Somebody else wants to get rid of his house, too, so they swap. But that house turns out to be a chaos of installation. The lights are not connected with the right switches, gas and water are mixed up, and the floor has a list, too. During the house-warming party, it comes to a battle between two relatives, who have little respect for others property, but that's not the worst blow for Max that evening... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Haus der tausend Freuden See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made just days after Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had finished filming The Second 100 Years (1927), in which they play shaven-headed convicts. Thus, the reason for the boys' buzz-cut hairdos in this film. See more »

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When Charley Chase steps up to the microphone Ollie is seen to put his top hat on twice from two different angles. See more »

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Some at times good slapstick moments in an outdated, not entirely great movie.
24 March 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is a fairly decent, typical Hal Roach slapstick comedy, which guest star's Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and James Finlayson as Asylum inmates.

Real main characters of the movie though are played by Max Davidson and Lillian Elliott and with Spec O'Donnell as their stupid looking son. Especially Spec O'Donnell is great in his role who carriers the brilliant name 'Love's Greatest Mistake' in the movie. Basically all he does in the movie is look stupid but he does this extremely good and because of that he is really fun to watch.

The movie has some typical slapstick moments that are most of the time fun to watch but never truly hilarious. The way it is brought to the screen is simply too outdated for todays standards, also compared to other slapstick comedies made from the same time period. Especially the editing is lacking. There lies the main problem of the movie; it's too lacking in it's humor and style.

It certainly does have its moments but it is no essential viewing for the fans of slapstick comedy from the '20's. Perhaps still only for some, for the fairly small Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and James Finlayson roles in the movie.

6/10

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