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House of Errors (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 April 1942 (USA)
Bert and Alf are fired from their jobs as delivery "boys" for a newspaper. They decide to be reporters on their own and set out to get a story on the inventor of a new machine gun. The ... See full summary »


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Harry Langdon (original story), Ewart Adamson (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Harry Langdon ... Bert
Charley Rogers Charley Rogers ... Alf (as Charles Rogers)
Marian Marsh ... Florence Randall
Ray Walker ... Jerry Fitzgerald
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Martha Randall
John Holland ... Paul Gordon
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Drake
Roy Butler Roy Butler ... Mr. Carr
Gwen Gaze ... Molly
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... Prof. Stark
Vernon Dent ... White
Robert Barron ... Samson
Lynn Starr ... Waitress
Richard Kipling Richard Kipling ... Hiram Randall
Frank Hagney ... Black


Bert and Alf are fired from their jobs as delivery "boys" for a newspaper. They decide to be reporters on their own and set out to get a story on the inventor of a new machine gun. The inventor hates reporters so the boys pose as a valet and a butler and are hired. A reporter from their old newspaper shows up and gains admission by claiming to represent an American Legion paper, while a friend of the family and a phony representative of an arms manufacturer also show up with intentions of stealing the gun. Bert and Alf, suspicious of the pair, steal the gun themselves to protect it. They arrive back, after a night of misadventures at a flophouse, just as the crooks are making off with a dummy gun and the inventor's daughter. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 5 November 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). It first aired in Cincinnati Sunday 20 June 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4) , In Baltimore Saturday 26 June 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Detroit Sunday 12 December 1948 on WXYZ (Channel 7), and in Day Tuesday 10 May 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13). See more »

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"House of Errors"....I have never heard of a more appropriately named film!
5 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the silent film days, Harry Langdon was very successful. Perhaps he wasn't as successful as the likes of Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd or Laurel & Hardy...but his films were enjoyable, often sweet and the public loved them. However, he had a problem that sometimes comes with success...he started having lots of folks flatter him and that he could do better elsewhere. Now, considering his director in many of his best early films was Frank Capra, in hindsight we know that he could NOT do better. What followed were years of progressively worse films. The biggest problem with the later films is that they looked as if they were written for anyone and they just happened to stick Langdon in the lead. This was particularly true with his films from Columbia. Many of their shorts were Three Stooges style films (after all, the Stooges were their hottest property in the shorts department)....and slapstick and violence were NOT the sort of stuff that made Langdon so popular in the 20s.

By 1942, Langdon had been with Columbia's shorts department for nearly a decade and he occasionally worked for other studios here and there (such as with Hal Roach Studios in the film "Zenobia"). Of all the different studios he worked for, the worst was clearly PRC...which was one of the worst studios in Hollywood. PRC had a reputation for making movies fast, cheap and, generally, crappy. There were some exceptions...but not enough. "House of Errors" is pretty much what I'd expect from PRC....a comedy that isn't very funny and which had too many plot errors--the effect of rushing a film into production and doing no re-writes on problematic scripts.

The film finds Bert (Langdon) and Alf (Charley Rogers) reporters. The boss wants them to get a scoop on the Professor and his new invention, a better, faster and more deadly machine gun. Considering it was made during the war years, such plots were the norm. However, the Professor doesn't want to talk to reporters, so the pair pretend to be servants and go to work for him. Not surprisingly, soon folks arrive who want to steal the Professor's invention.

I think that you could have substituted any other actor (or perhaps a potato) into Langdon's role and the movie wouldn't have been much different. Additionally, the notion of a super-weapon which has no government agents and guards watching it and protecting the Professor seems ludicrous. Overall, a dull film with hardly a laugh.

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