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To Heir Is Human (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 14 January 1944 (USA)
Harry finds out he is the missing heir to an estate, and is summoned to an old, spooky mansion to collect his inheritance.


Harold Godsoe


Monte Collins (story and screenplay) (as Monty Collins), Elwood Ullman (story and screenplay)




Credited cast:
Una Merkel ... Una
Harry Langdon ... Harry Fenner
Christine McIntyre ... Velma, Harry's Kissing Cousin
Eddie Gribbon ... Bobo
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... A. Raven Sparrow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vernon Dent ... Board Chairman
John Tyrrell ... Dr. I. M. Calm, who isn't


This Columbia short has Una Merkel and Harry Langdon billed above the title, in that order, with Harold Godsoe(who was an assistant director at Columbia and has no other director's credit on an American-made film) as the ONLY credited director on the film credits. Harry Edwards appears nowhere on this film's credits as the director. The first-billed Una Merkel has a job delivering telephone books, and is booted into, by Dr. I. M. Calm, the empty office across the hall of a Missing Persons Bureau. One A. Raven Sparrow (Lew Kelly, in his usual what-if-Boris Karloff went-really-looney tunes act) enters and offers her a thousand dollars to find a missing heir to a fortune, Harry Fenner (Harry Langdon.) Since this short runs less than twenty minutes, she is fortunate to find him washing the office windows. They make their way to the estate and find that "Uncle" Sparrow, his niece Velma (Christine McIntyre) and handyman-goon Bobo (Eddie Gribbon), who may or may not be related to anybody, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Plenty of Gags - Nice Surprise
2 November 2017 | by mbanakSee all my reviews

Lots of of belly laughs in this comedy, with Una Merkel shining as the slapstick comedienne. Langdon's comic abilities seem unabated. The gestures, and the physical endurance are still there. As I review his sound comedies, I see him filling out his roles with unexpected skill. With less comic material to execute here, his acting fills-in and keeps it interesting. Una Merkel gets some great bits, and I find myself wanting more.

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14 January 1944 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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