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Should Men Walk Home? (1927)

In her second last film, Mable Normand, the queen of silent comedy, teamed with Creighton Hale as jewel thieves who crash a society party. Eugene Pallette plays the dumb detective trying to... See full summary »

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Leo McCarey

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Albert Austin, Alfred J. Goulding (screenplay) (as Alf Goulding) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Mabel Normand ... The Girl Bandit
Creighton Hale ... The Gentleman Crook
Eugene Pallette ... Detective, Intelligence Bureau
Oliver Hardy ... Party Guest at Punch Bowl
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In her second last film, Mable Normand, the queen of silent comedy, teamed with Creighton Hale as jewel thieves who crash a society party. Eugene Pallette plays the dumb detective trying to catch them and Oliver Hardy has a small but funny role as one of the guests. Written by James Frost

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1927 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Rumour has it that Stan Laurel worked as a gag writer on all of Mabel Normand Roach films. If true, then she worked with Laurel and Hardy, just not as a team. See more »

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Two jewel thieves crash a society party and are pursued by a bumbling detective.
25 July 2015 | by jamesfrostSee all my reviews

This film would certainly benefit from restoration. As any Mabel Normand fan knows, much of her comedy came from facial expressions, so the blurry copy makes it impossible to appreciate her full performance. The same goes for Oliver Hardy who is actually unrecognizable in this print. That said, the physical comedy is good, with some clever gags. A highlight is Normand's confrontation with Hardy. They even breath some life into the old chase from room to room gag. Hale makes a nice partner for Normand. The final gag would be "borrowed" by the Marx Brothers, even down to Harpo pretending to check for rain, the way Normand does in this film. The pace is nice and brisk, thanks to McCarey's direction. The best of Normand's surviving Roach films and an above average two-reeler for the period.


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