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Tied for Life (1933)



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Credited cast:
Harry Langdon ... The Groom
Vernon Dent ... Angry motorist
Nell O'Day ... The Bride
Mabel Forrest ... Mother-in-law
Tom Dempsey Tom Dempsey ... Train passenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Baker Eddie Baker ... Train passenger


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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

2 July 1933 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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"Oh, why certainly I do..."
10 September 2009 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

I saw what appeared to be a reissue print of this Harry Langdon short from Screencraft Pictures (it was originally issued by Educational Pictures) that only ran for thirteen minutes, so there's a strong chance I've missed something. I've been growing to appreciate Harry Langdon recently, and while it's clear that this two-reeler is not the highlight of his career, it does go over well.

The situation is that Harry is about to be married, and the film is really carried by two excellent sequences. In the first Harry's wedding ring gets caught in a passing car's tire and Harry innocently flattens the tire retrieving it. I haven't seen "His Marriage Vow," the earlier silent Langdon short that apparently originated this sequence yet, but I do think it was well played here.

The second is a surprisingly suggestive scene in which Harry and his new wife try to get up and make their way towards the sleeping car, while Harry's mother-in-law continually disapproves of any suggestion that they would share a bed. Even if the pacing of Langdon's films was changed by the introduction of sound, scenes like this prove the ex-Vaudevillian was certainly capable of playing comedy dialog well. A little later he gets (what from me anyway was) a big laugh just from his delivery of an innocent, understated, "I'll bet you think there's something wrong." Also, his long, hesitating answer in place of "I do" is somehow great.

There's a brief final scene set some time after which weirdly plays on the unexpected virility of Harry's character. Incidentally, based on this scene, I THINK, in response to a previous IMDb commentator, that Vernon Dent's character is not supposed to be a random driver who stalks Harry on his honeymoon after his tire got ruined, but rather Harry's new father in law, whose tire randomly happened to be the one Harry ruined.

A fun and enjoyable short even if it's not Langdon's most memorable.

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