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The Big Kick (1930)

Revenuers have been chasing a gang of bootleggers for years. They're hot on the trail near a gas station operated by Harry, a seemingly slow witted fellow with a cheery and spunky ... See full summary »


Warren Doane


H.M. Walker (story editor)


Cast overview:
Harry Langdon ... Harry
Edgar Kennedy ... Detective
Judith Barrett ... Harry's Girl (as Nancy Dover)


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Revenuers have been chasing a gang of bootleggers for years. They're hot on the trail near a gas station operated by Harry, a seemingly slow witted fellow with a cheery and spunky girlfriend. A shootout between treasury agents and the gang - they transport the hooch in manikins seated in a touring car - takes place in front of Harry's filling station. While Harry's gal stays outside, Harry carries the liquor-filled dummies into the station. Will there be a reward for the heroics of Harry and his honey? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Langdon Meets the Bootleg Boys
3 February 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Big Kick, The (1930)

** (out of 4)

Harry Langdon plays a gas station worker who has a couple cops come by and tell him that there are bootleggers in the area and he needs to keep an eye out for them. Before Harry knows it there's a gunfight going on and he must try to save some dummies inside the bootlegger's car. This was my fourth short from Langdon from his stint with Hal Roach and as another reviewer pointed out it's pretty sad that this here has been the best of the bunch. I'm really not sure what could have been done to make these shorts better as they're just downright bizarre in how bad and at times creepy they are. Having now seen four I can actually see some people viewing these just for the surreal and strange nature of them. I think it would have helped not making these two-reelers and instead just trying to come up with a nine-minute film. This is actually nine minutes worth of "story" or action and then the other eleven or so minutes are just bad routines that almost seem like bad rehearsals or some sort of outtake. One such sequence happens as Harry wakes up and begins to get ready for work. In a very slow and annoying style he splashes a little water on his back, neck, ears and so on. Was this suppose to be funny? Another such sequence happens when he gets dressed up for the bootleggers and a balloon starts to fill up while inside the coat he's wearing. This simple gag just gets dragged out to the point where you roll your eyes and wish someone would yell cut. The film at least moves at a decent pace and I give the director credit for not letting things get too horribly bad but in the end you're still left with a comedy without laughs.

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Release Date:

29 March 1930 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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