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Monday, September 03, 2012
""Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon"
He's not as well known as the three comedic giants of the silent era —
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd — but Harry Langdon was
nevertheless a superstar in the 1920s. Langdon (1884-1944) played an
endearing, optimistic man-child who always wore a small cloth hat and
oversized clothes. Among his classic features are "The Strong Man" and
"Long Pants." But his career plummeted after he decided to direct his
own films, which were not generally well-received by critics and
audiences. Langdon, though, rose from the ashes in the 1930s and
continued to work as a gag writer and actor in two-reelers and features
until his death. He's now the subject of a new book by Chuck Harter and
Michael J. Hayde, "Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon," which
is both a biography and an exhaustive filmography.