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Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 15 October 1927 (USA)
Mishaps befall a new home owner located next door to an insane asylum.

Director:

Clyde Bruckman

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Max Davidson ... Papa Gimplewart
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Love's Greatest Mistake
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mama Gimplewart
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Party Guest
James Finlayson ... Asylum Inmate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Levine Jackie Levine ... Son of Party Guest
Andy Shuford ... Son of Party Guest
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Storyline

Max wants to sell his home, because of the crazy neighbours. Somebody else wants to get rid of his house, too, so they swap. But that house turns out to be a chaos of installation. The lights are not connected with the right switches, gas and water are mixed up, and the floor has a list, too. During the house-warming party, it comes to a battle between two relatives, who have little respect for others property, but that's not the worst blow for Max that evening... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Haus der tausend Freuden See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film was made just days after Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had finished filming The Second 100 Years (1927), in which they play shaven-headed convicts. Thus, the reason for the boys' buzz-cut hairdos in this film. See more »

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When Charley Chase steps up to the microphone Ollie is seen to put his top hat on twice from two different angles. See more »

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Featured in Salute to Stan Laurel (1965) See more »

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Hilarious Sideshow
3 December 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

The main story here is the standard stuff of destroying a house and car, with some pretty offensive antisemitic stuff as the center.

Both of those elements are pretty disposable, a worthless film, except for the side story.

The reason for the destroyed house is that Mr. Gimplewart traded his house for this one because he couldn't stand the neighbors. In the credits, they are called "asylum inmates," but there is nothing in the movie that imposes this sense on them.

Anyway, we see them early in the thing generally acting nuts. I've been watching a lot of Laurel and Hardy recently. I don't expect to see everything — they are just not that interesting.

But the few moments they are on screen have to be the funniest I have ever seen of them. It makes it worthwhile. Just watch that part.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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