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The Chaser (1928)

A wife, tired of her husband's non-stop carousing, sues him for divorce. The judge, however, comes up with a novel solution--he makes the husband take his wife's place in the household--... See full summary »

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Harry Langdon

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Robert Eddy, Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler) | 3 more credits »
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Harry Langdon ... The Husband
Gladys McConnell ... The Wife
Helen Hayward Helen Hayward ... The Wife's Mother
Bud Jamison ... The Husband's Buddy
Charles Thurston Charles Thurston ... The Judge
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A wife, tired of her husband's non-stop carousing, sues him for divorce. The judge, however, comes up with a novel solution--he makes the husband take his wife's place in the household--including dressing like her--for 30 days to see what it's like to be his wife. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He was a hero to his wife- but zero to her mother. So he starts out to become a Don Juan. Then the fun begins (Print Ad- Eugene Guard, ((Eugene, Ore.)) 18 June 1928) See more »

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In an interview ten years after this film was released, director/star Harry Langdon referred to The Chaser and its follow-up Heart Trouble as "two of the lousiest pictures ever made." He added that he couldn't bring himself to attend the premiere of either film. See more »

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The Runner Stumbles
31 December 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Harry Langdon was a very peculiar genius, with his own odd rhythms and his own odd character. He was, in his day, enormously influential. It was his slow pace, his willingness to let the audience get ahead of his baby-faced naif, that so influenced Stan Laurel that he, too, began to slow his pace, creating the Mr. Laurel all fans of old movies love and cherish.

But that slow pacing calls for an extremely careful balance, and here the edifice topples over, so that when I saw this movie in a theater with a crowd of Langdon fans, I fell asleep.... and there was no laughter to wake me up.

When I awoke, there was Harry in a house dress with a milk man trying to seduce him..... and Harry was playing his bewildered, inert screen self.... and it suddenly occurred to me that if he didn't care, there was no reason I should, so I stood up and walked outside into the sunlight.

Lest you think it is because I simply don't get Langdon, well, I don't think that's the case. It's just that every once in a while something comes along to snap our suspension of disbelief in a work of fiction, and this was one of those times. I can look at the cheap shorts he turned out in the early 1930s and enjoy him playing with a rubber hose. But this feature simply doesn't work. Alas.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schürzenjäger See more »

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1.33 : 1
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