Three's a Crowd/The Chaser [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary for Three's A Crowd by Film Historian David Kalat


Three's a Crowd
After achieving success in the mid-'20s, Harry Langdon decided to emulate the silent era's premier comedian -- Charles Chaplin -- and turn auteur. He fired Frank Capra from his staff and directed this feature on his own. Although both writer (and future director) Arthur Ripley and director Harry Edwards stayed on with Langdon, the story line and directoral approach clearly indicate that Langdon was doing his darndest to encroach on Chaplin's pathos-laden terrain. It's a simple story, stretched quite a bit to fill out six reels -- Harry is a timid dreamer who longs for a wife and family. He believes he's achieved his heart's desire when he finds a pregnant girl (Gladys McConnell) in a snowstorm. Harry happily takes care of his new family -- until the girl's husband (Cornelius Keefe) finds her and takes her and the baby back home. Unfortunately, when Langdon directed this picture, he laid on the sentiment but forgot about the comedy, so there are few laughs to be had. Three's a Crowd was a commercial flop, as were the next two films that Langdon directed. After that, he was fired by his studio, First National, and he lost Ripley, who returned to Mack Sennett's studio. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

The Chaser
Achieving "critic's darling" status with three well-constructed starring features, baby-faced comedian Harry Langdon became convinced that he could produce, write and direct his own vehicles, a la Charlie Chaplin. Langdon's first auteur exercise, Three's a Crowd, was a disaster; his second, The Chaser, was somewhat better, if only because Langdon returned to a domestic-comedy formula he'd utilized during his Mack Sennett days. Incongruously cast as a philanderer, Langdon is hauled into court by his disgruntled wife Gladys McConnell. As punishment, the judge orders Langdon to assume his wife's household duties, leading to the film's funniest moments. After this promising sequence, the film degenerates into an uninspired rehash of Langdon's 3-reel classic Saturday Afternoon (1925), with Langdon being led astray by pal Bud Jamison. Like Three's a Crowd, The Chaser was codirected without credit by Harry Edwards and written by Arthur Ripley, two of Langdon's collaborators at Sennett. After a third unsuccessful feature, Heart Trouble (1928), Harry Langdon was finished as an independent producer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Gladys McConnell - The Girl
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    Cornelius Keefe - The Man
  • Harry Langdon
    Harry Langdon - The Odd Fellow
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    Henry Barrows
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    Brooks Benedict

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