Waltzing Around (1929)

Two zany transients get jobs as vendors at a sports arena. One of them accidently knocks out one of the fighters, and must take his place, with his partner acting as referee.


Harry Sweet


Paul Gerard Smith (story and scenario)




Cast overview:
Bobby Clark ... Harold Kelp
Paul McCullough Paul McCullough ... Gus Albert
William Halligan William Halligan
Florence Lake ... George's Wife
Ivan Linow ... Young Krovatsky
Bob Kortman ... Farmer
Otto Fries Otto Fries ... George
Dan Tobey Dan Tobey ... Undetermined Role
Kid Williams Kid Williams ... Fighter
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan


Two zany transients get jobs as vendors at a sports arena. One of them accidently knocks out one of the fighters, and must take his place, with his partner acting as referee.

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Just One Long Loud Laugh Riot. (Print Ad- Elmira Star-Gazette, ((Elmira, NY)) 8 August 1929)


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

13 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Library of Congress has Digitally preserved the only known print. See more »


Harold Kelp: What do you expect for three dollars, the Civil War?
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Great pacing and acting not typical for a 1929 sound film
9 July 2015 | by comedyshorts-1See all my reviews

Either you love Clark and McCullough or you don't. I am one who loves the team.

For years, only their RKO 2 reel shorts have turned up for modern audiences to view and comment on. All their 1928-1929 Fox films and negatives were destroyed in a major nitrate fire. Only Reel 2 of The Belle of Samoa exists in 35mm at the Library of Congress. There are two complete 16mm prints in a private collection - The Belle of Samoa and Waltzing Around.

Clark has been referred to as Groucho on Speed, while McCullough is overshadowed by his partner's energy. Here Clark is still Clark but a little more subdued. McCullough has more dialog and humorous bits of business.

Florence Lake in her third film roll as George's girlfriend has a couple of good exchanges with Otto Fries. Later she became better known as Edgar Kennedy's wife in his series.

Harry Sweet, who directed Waltzing Around, became head of the RKO shorts dept. He may have been instrumental in getting the team their own series there.

The film opens with the boys on the open road. They walk by a greenhouse, then come back. Temptation wins out, all but one window is broken. The farmer comes after them with rifle in hand. That night they become vendors in a sports arena irritating the crowd. When a boxer is accidentally knocked out. the promoter assumes MacCullough is responsible and hires him as a replacement.

Waltzing Around has great gags, pacing and acting that is not typical of a sound film released in May of 1929. It was copyrighted 5 months earlier in January with a running time of 28 minutes on 4 reels..

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