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The Big Squirt (1937)

Soda jerk reads mystery stories, fancies himself a master detective.


Del Lord


Elwood Ullman (story and screen play), Al Giebler (story and screen play)




Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Lucille Lund ... Mrs. Chase
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Lucky LaPidus / Trigger McGinty
Bud Jamison ... Policeman Murphy
Leora Thatcher Leora Thatcher ... Mother-in-Law (as Leora Thacher)


Soda jerk reads mystery stories, fancies himself a master detective.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

criminals | soda jerk | customer | See All (3) »


You'll laugh to beat the band! (One-sheet poster).


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Now See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remade as The Awful Sleuth (1951) See more »

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One of Charley's best Columbia Shorts
19 October 2008 | by Stan16mmSee all my reviews

Fans of the Hal Roach Charley Chase shorts will be pleased to see this, his fifth release for Columbia Pictures. As a drugstore soda jerk, Charley immediately warms up to the audience with his gentle good humor and expertise behind the fountain. His sequence with the two boys who argue over the flavor of which soda they will share is a lovely and nostalgic one. The role of the bully kid who wins the right to his flavor of choice via a sock to the eye of his counterpart is played by Georgie Billings. A constant in many films of the thirties, he vanished from the scene sometime around 1950. Billings was recently discovered and introduced to many fans on October 18th. 2008 in Los Angeles. He brought many pieces of memorabilia with him and recalled working with Charley Chase to me. In a moment, I told him of the name of the film and the scene he played in. His confirmation reaction when I told him of the two straws routine he did with one of the Kilbrick boys was fabulous. The fact that all twenty Chase Columbia shorts are being released in 2009 was a joy for him as he wants to see the film and finally show it to his wife. This film is a rare one as Charley gets to sing one of his original songs. A common sequence in his Hal Roach films, the Columbia shorts didn't give him this liberty. However, he gets to sing as he plays several instruments at one time. Attached all over his body, Charley sings and plays about being a daring drugstore desperado. Released in Super 8 in the 1970's , there were some prints in 16mm that played on television. With the DVD release, everyone can see the entire output and that's reason to celebrate.

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