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Skirt Shy (1929)

Harry must pose as a woman to help the women he works for get a marriage proposal.


Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers), Fred Guiol (uncredited)


H.M. Walker (story editor)


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Cast overview:
Harry Langdon ... Dobbs, the butler
May Wallace ... Maggie Herring
Tom Ricketts ... Edgar, the old beau
Judith Barrett ... Nancy, the maid (as Nancy Dover)


Dobbs and Nancy, butler and maid to dowager Maggie Herring, learn from their employer that she is broke. If Edgar, her aged suitor, doesn't propose immediately, she'll lose the house and the pair will lose their jobs. While Maggie's off at the bank seeking mercy, Edgar arrives with flowers. To detain him, Nancy convinces Dobbs to don Maggie's clothes. "Pretend to be angry," Nancy advises. The plan seems to be working, with Edgar penitent and Dobbs unforgiving, when a gun-slinging Westerner, who used to court Maggie, arrives to seek her hand again. Bricks, bullets, and bloomers fly. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

30 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to an advertisement from the Ogden Standard Examiner (dated July 20, 1930) this film proceeded New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930) three nights in a row at the Orpheum Theater in Ogden, Utah. See more »

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Mother Macree In Drag
20 January 2011 | by lowbrowstudiosSee all my reviews

Harry plays the butler of the house but spends the majority of this short masquerading as the lady of the house in a most unlikely manner. Lucky for him the elderly gentleman caller is blind as a bat. Of course, that doesn't explain what the second amorous caller sees in him...uh...her. It's mostly an excuse for the two men to draw pistols at each other and for Harry to be constantly caught up in the cross fire.

What with all of the gun play and running around in the garden it doesn't leave a lot of time for any Langdon routines to be fully developed. We do get to see Harry's mind at work when he and the maid try to hatch a plan to save the house. That is, the maid thinks while Harry keeps striking poses similar to Rodan's 'The Thinker'. He finally decides to sleep on it. Later out in the garden Harry has a private battle with a pair of boxing gloves attached to a tree branch that continually hit him in the face. He brushes them away and they swing right back into his face. Most comedians would wrap up the gag after a couple of smacks but not Langdon. He sits there continually swatting and being smacked. His mind is essentially of one-track and he would still be sitting in that garden being smacked in the face to this very day if it was at all possible. It was these idiosyncrasies that made Langdon so unique to watch.

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