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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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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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If You've Two Beaux to Ev'ry String
19 January 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

May Wallace is going broke. Her only hope is that senile beau Tom Ricketts will propose. When he comes around to do so, she is out and butler Harry Langdon must dress in drag to take her place. Meanwhile, another old beau shows up....

After the failure of his independent feature production company, Harry found himself working for Roach and, while he maintains his slow, befuddled comedy timing, there is a definite change in character -- the last time he performed in drag it had been the interminable THE CHASER. Here, still slow to react when pushed around, he begins to develop a new screen character for the sound stage, still using his classic gag of fighting with and losing to inanimate objects -- here, a couple of boxing gloves that have gotten themselves attached to a tree branch.

Although Langdon's association with the Roach studios as star performer did not last long, he did form a good working bond with his director, Charlie Rogers, with whom he would reteam as co-stars of some good PRC comedy features a dozen years later. Also noteworthy is the teaming of Fred Guiol, who would eventually wind up working for George Stevens for the next twenty-five years -- but here Guiol contributes as an uncredited co-director while Stevens is still the cameraman.

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