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The Strong Man (1926)

A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by ... See full summary »

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Frank Capra

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Arthur Ripley (story), Hal Conklin (adapted by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry Langdon ... Paul Bergot
Priscilla Bonner ... Mary Brown
Gertrude Astor ... 'Lily' of Broadway
William V. Mong ... 'Holy Joe'
Robert McKim ... 'Mike' McDevitt
Arthur Thalasso Arthur Thalasso ... 'Zandow the Great'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Brent Helen Brent
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A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by long distance. After the war, the young Belgian journeys to America as assistant to a theatrical "strong man", Zandow the Great (Arthur Thalasso). While in America, he searches for Mary Brown... and he finds her, just as word comes that Zandow is incapacitated and the little nebbish must go on stage in his place. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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He couldn't tear a piece of paper without losing his breath- he isn't big enough to carry a chip on his shoulder- but the muscles around his funny bone bulge like blisters on a balloon tyre. (Print ad- Sunday Mail, ((Brisbane, Queensland)) 13 February 1927)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atleta à Força See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Amusing, poignant, funny -- & a great comic actor
23 February 2007 | by Bob Pr.See all my reviews

I saw this movie tonight at the 11th annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn Univ., Topeka, KS. Organ music was provided by Dr. Marvin Faulwell with percussion by Bob Keckeisen.

I'd never seen Harry Langdon before and, on the basis of this, would rate him in the company of Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. He has great timing, poignant facial expressions that are somewhat Chaplinesque, with great body control to fit physical comedy.

Frank Capra was the director and I understand from our discussion that Capra's autobiography thoroughly "dissed" Harry, apparently in revenge for Harry having fired the young Capra from directing any more of his films. The two originally had been close until that point but had frosty relations after. Our discussion leader said many people are now beginning to re-evaluate Capra's revengeful pique, the significance of Langdon's contribution, and appreciate him much more.


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