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Here Comes Mr. Zerk (1943)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, War | 23 July 1943 (USA)
Harry, a famous scientist, is mistaken for an escaped lunatic.


Jules White


Jack White (screenplay), Jack White (story)




Cast overview:
Harry Langdon ... Egbert Slipp
John T. Murray ... Oscar B. Zerk
Shirley Patterson ... Josephine


A newspaper runs pictures of scientist Egbert Slipp and an escaped lunatic named Oscar B. Zerk, but mixes the name captions under each picture. Egbert is on his way to marry the fair (a descriptive understatement) Josephine, whose father has never seen Egbert... but he, along with everybody in the cast except Egbert, has seen today's paper. Egbert, winds up being pursued by a policeman and catches a ride with a passing motorist who, naturally, is Oscar B. Zerk. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Harry's Hilarious Hi-Jinks!


Short | Comedy | War


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It had potential...
13 May 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The running time for this short was about 15 minutes and unless the time listed on IMDB is right, then a few minutes were trimmed from this comedy short. However, it seemed to be all there....who knows?!

The idea for "Here Comes Mr. Zerk" is a potentially funny one. It begins with a newspaper editor yelling at an employee for mixing up the captions on a news story. In this case, Egbert (Harry Langdon) is labeled as an escaped maniac and the maniac is listed as a professor who is getting married! Not surprisingly, when folks see Egbert, they assume he's insane and act accordingly. He hasn't seen the paper and has no idea why folks are acting so strangely and aggressively towards him!

This is a funny idea. But the problem is that the film was made by incompetents who had little in the way of timing or humor. So, instead of being funny, it all comes off as very forced and lacking all subtlety. Worth seeing only if you are a die-hard Harry Langdon fan...otherwise, easy to skip.

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Release Date:

23 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sue You Later See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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