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Plain Clothes (1925)

Detective Harry is on the trail of a stolen diamond necklace worth $100,000.


Harry Edwards


Frank Capra, Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Harry Langdon ... Harvey Carter
Clair Cushman Clair Cushman ... Rosie O'Grady (as Claire Cushman)
Jean Hathaway ... Mrs. O'Grady - Rosie's Mother
Vernon Dent ... The Crook
William McCall ... The Crook's Accomplice
Leo Sulky Leo Sulky ... The Pawnbroker
Evelyn Sherman Evelyn Sherman ... Cecile Rhodes


The Ferrett Gang has stolen a diamond necklace. The gang is renting a room from a woman whose daughter is being courted by Harvey Carter, a clueless private eye. Cecile Rhodes, the owner of the necklace, promises Harvey $10,000 if he finds it. The gang thinks Harvey, with his honest face, would be the perfect person to fence the goods. Can Harvey out think the gang, earn his reward, and avoid the wrath of his girl's formidable mother? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

29 March 1925 (USA) See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the shoot-out in the alley a long-shot shows Harry firing his gun by a wall where no cars are parked. In a closer shot, he fires his gun before a row of parked cars. When he's shown from a distance again, still firing, the cars have disappeared. See more »

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Cute and unfortunately almost forgotten
16 August 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

For about as good a review as you can find on this film, try reading wmorrow59's--they have a lot of great insights into this and many other Harry Langdon films from the recent four DVD set of his remaining shorts. Unfortunately, due to the ravages of time on nitrate prints, many of Langdon's films are gone or the print is damaged like this one. Though not severely damaged, it isn't a particularly good print.

Harry plays a private detective in this film. About the only role I can think of where Harry was more out of his league was his being a lumberjack and bouncer in BOOB IN THE WOODS. For those of you out there unfamiliar with Langdon, this is because he almost always plays a sweet and innocent little boy-like man--amazingly naive as well as a weakling.

Harry goes to the boarding house his girlfriend's mother run and his sweetie tries to smooch--though shy Harry is definitely hard to get! Interestingly, the "great detective" didn't seem to notice that among the boarders was a gang of thieves--probably because he isn't much of a detective. You find soon after this that, not surprisingly, the contents of his office are being repossessed. Everything looks hopeless until Harry is promised a huge reward if he can recover a valuable necklace--that this same gang has stolen.

When Vernon Dent (a perennial heavy in Harry's films) tries to pawn the item, the police are called and Harry joins them. However, when the shooting starts, Harry is absolutely no good at all and accidentally helps Dent escape. Dent is thrilled and takes Harry to join the gang. The thought of poor Harry in a vicious gang is pretty funny, but what isn't funny is when Harry's girl accidentally tells the gang that Harry is a private eye! Somehow, despite this, Harry is able to escape, get the girl AND recover the necklace--ain't movies grand? The film has a pretty good story, several cute gags and us well-paced--so much so that I nearly gave the film an 8.

By the way, did you notice that Harry never turned off the gas AND that the film makers never really followed up on this?

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