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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)




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


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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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Pratically plot-less and quite dull.
23 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Harry Langdon made some amusing films early in his career. Then, after making some very bad career choices, his promising career began to spiral downward--until he landed, for a short time, at Hal Roach Studios. However, judging by this short, the studio had no idea what to do with Harry and the film is just awful--with practically nothing to recommend this short.

Harry dresses up in drag to impersonate the lady of the house--though exactly why we really don't know. Then, the elderly man calling on her doesn't seem to realize it's Harry and not his sweetie--indicating he's blind and/or incredibly stupid. Then, a crazy old cowboy shows up to court the same old lady and doesn't seem to realize it's Harry. This can't be chalked up to bad vision, as the cowboy begins shooting (very accurately). None of this makes any sense and the closest thing that comes to comedy is seeing Langdon in drag. The film lacks a coherent plot as well as laughs and looks more like outtakes than a film. Dull and listless from start to finish.

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Release Date:

30 November 1929 (USA) See more »

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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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