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My Friend from India (1927)





Credited cast:
Franklin Pangborn ... William / Tommy Valentine
Elinor Fair ... Bernice / Barbara
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Charles / Charlie
Ethel Wales ... Arabella Mott / Bedelia Smith
Jeanette Loff ... Marion / Ruth Brooks
Tom Ricketts ... Judge Elmer Elderberry Egbert Belmore
Louis Natheaux ... T. Austin Webb
Tom Dugan ... Kasha Murti / Swami / Bogus Hindu Prince
George Ovey ... Valet to Hindu Prince
Edgar Norton ... Jennings - Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Claire Rita Claire


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19 December 1927 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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18 November 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Whoever decided that Franklin Pangborn would make a good leading comedian in this workaday romantic comedy made a sizable mistake. Here, without his prissy voice, his movements still convey most of his usual 'nance' character and the script, which concerns how Ben Hendricks Jr. wishes to keep sponging off his social-climbing aunt by convincing her that Pangborn is an Indian potentate, whose presence in her household will lend her social prestige.... well, it just doesn't work very well.

This material, barely enough for a two-reeler, is eked out by a love story for Pangborn, who has been searching for the aptly-named Elinor Fair, who is Hendricks' sister. There are also two sets of cross-dressing sequences. One involves Pangborn, Hendricks and a bevy of young girls at a gym, including Babe London. The other has Pangborn dressing up exactly like Hendricks' aunt, being proposed to by her nearsighted lawyer/suitor and doing a bit of the mirror gag that is best known nowadays from the Marx Brothers' DUCK SOUP -- it was actually a well-known gag, performed by such people as Max Linder in the movies and dates from at least the middle of the 19th Century.

The miscasting of Pangborn, the general unlikeability of most of the characters -- except for Miss Fair, whose role calls for her to simply look beautiful -- result in a generally dissatisfying comedy. You can miss this one.

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