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Feet of Mud (1924)

As Harry has "cleaned up" on the football field and won the big game, Natalie's dad figured that he should do the same in the world of work before marrying his daughter. Harry's chance to ... See full summary »

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Harry Edwards (uncredited)
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Harry Langdon ... The Boy - Harry Holdem
Florence Lee Florence Lee ... His Mother (as Florence D. Lea)
Natalie Kingston ... The Girl - Nina March
Yorke Sherwood Yorke Sherwood ... Her Father - Phillip March
Vernon Dent ... A Coach
Malcolm Waite ... The Rival - Donald Duffield
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As Harry has "cleaned up" on the football field and won the big game, Natalie's dad figured that he should do the same in the world of work before marrying his daughter. Harry's chance to prove himself comes with an "engineering" job with the city. But it's sanitary engineering, and while our street sweeping hero tries his best, he just can't avoid making enemies. When he stumbles into the midst of a lively Chinatown tong war, it's Harry's bravery that saves Natalie and wins the day. Written by Anonymous

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Scores a touchdown
1 October 2009 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

This is one of many extremely funny shorts starring Harry Landon for Mack Sennett's studios. This one isn't the most unified: Harry's character is pretty well defined by now, and this film takes the not-entirely-unwise decision simply to place Harry in three different situations and allow him to be funny -- the film starts with Harry playing in a college football game, then acts one and two show him navigating the world as a street-sweep, then thrust into a threatening Chinatown.

One thing this short does really well is place his meek, kind, child-man character into heartless, threatening situations and milk the for laughs. He's thrust into the macho violence of a football game, pushed into the mechanical crowds of the New York subway, finds himself threatened by warring Chinese gangs, and confronted with a street-sweep's worst nightmare: a street overflowing with garbage thrown out of windows in a neighborhood fight.

Of course, he deals with in with incomprehension, kindness, and luck, and Harry is as wonderful as always, rubbing the wound of the policeman he has just accidentally stabbed, continually trying again to get a translation of the Chinese note that makes every Chinese reader run away in fear, and reacting with stunned confusion as the football crucially falls into his pants mid-game.

I won't spoil the best gag sequence, but watch for Harry's ingenious ways of dealing with the crowd on the subway car. I predict wishing I cold do that every time I'm on one for the rest of my life.

The Chinatown sequence will be considered stereotyped today, but it can be viewed as an interesting look at the prevailing views of Chinese a the time without interfering with the comedy. In fact, there were historically Chinese gang fights going on at this time, and the film presents some of the common stereotypical Chinese activities as being puts-ons.

What "Feet of Mud" does best is show off Harry Langdon; with no Harry and some other comedian in his place, it would seem completely empty or unremarkable. It does star Harry Langdon, though, and is very funny because it does show off his particular comedic talents so well it's rather a wonderful short comedy.


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Language:

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7 December 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los pies en el barro See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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1.33 : 1
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