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High Gear (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 28 February 1931 (USA)
The gang is out for a drive on a Sunday afternoon. When it starts to rain, they take shelter in an abandoned building. Unbeknownst to them, it is actually a gangster's hideout.

Director:

George Stevens

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Sharpe ... Dave
Gertrude Messinger ... Gertie
Mary Kornman ... Mary
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey Daniels
Betty Bolen Betty Bolen ... Betty Daniels
Grady Sutton ... Alabam
Edgar Kennedy ... Cop
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Storyline

The gang is out for a drive on a Sunday afternoon. When it starts to rain, they take shelter in an abandoned building. Unbeknownst to them, it is actually a gangster's hideout.

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: High Gear See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fifth episode, and only 3-reel entry, in the Boy Friends (otherwise) 2-reel comedy series. See more »

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After Gertie and Mary start to clean the ink off the cop's face, there's a cut to a close-up and his face is clean. In the next shot, his face has ink again. See more »

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Followed by You're Telling Me (1932) See more »

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Not one of The Boy Friend's best comedy shorts
25 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While this is FAR from a great short from Hal Roach Studio, it is still pretty watchable and about average for a Boy Friends film. The Boy Friends series were akin to an older version of the Our Gang shorts and some of the actors were veterans of the other series (such as the be-freckled Mickey). At Roach, the Boy Friends were definitely lesser talents compared to Laurel and Hardy or even Charley Chase. As a result, their films generally are pretty forgettable and the laughs are fewer and father between.

The film starts out at Mickey's house, where he manages to irritate his very thin-skinned father. Of course, considering that Mickey has the most annoying laugh in film history and was also only second to Rondo Hatton for ugliness, I guess I can understand Dad's disgust with the boy! Anyways, despite Dad growling and arguing with his slow-witted son, he gives him the keys to his car--on the condition that he take good care of it. Of course, in a Roach film this means that the car will be damaged severely! All this is mildly funny. However, when it starts to pour, the film slows down considerably and it just isn't all that funny when the boys and their dates stumble into a home filled with evil bootleggers. Without this, this film might have gotten a score of 6, but with all action and no discernible plot, the last half greatly reduces the impact and enjoyment of the film.


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