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Skinny the Moocher (1939)

Deep in debt, Charley must marry a wealthy society girl, and attends an afternoon party to announce the engagement.Trouble is, he's menaced by two thuggish creditors and must take his kleptomaniac butler along, passing him off as an uncle.

Director:

Del Lord

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (story), Searle Kramer (story)
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Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Ann Doran ... Ann Night
John T. Murray ... Simmons
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Deep in debt, Charley must marry a wealthy society girl, and attends an afternoon party to announce the engagement.Trouble is, he's menaced by two thuggish creditors and must take his kleptomaniac butler along, passing him off as an uncle.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not Jeeves
7 January 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Charley Chase seems to be channeling a Three Stooges comedy here. He's a formerly rich man heavily in debt to his kleptomaniac valet, trying to get to a party to celebrate his engagement to his usual Columbia co-star, Ann Doran. It starts out at a Stooges level of hysteria and speeds up as it goes along, until Charley is caught in a donnybrook and knocked into a wall repeatedly.

In his dozen years at the Roach studios, Charley starred in marvelous farces that were still full stories. This one seems to be an anecdote, seeming cut down and missing something because of that. Perhaps he and director Del Lord were experimenting or maybe Jules White was bearing down. Still, the gags are funny, including one the Stooges would do several times and while it's be no means a great Charley Chase comedy, it is funny on its own terms.


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