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What Makes Lizzy Dizzy? (1942)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 26 March 1942 (USA)
This Columbia short (production number 3431) has Harry Langdon and Elsie Ames billed above the title, but it is all Elsie Ames with Langdon and Monty Collins (if his name is Monte, how come... See full summary »


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Philip L. Leslie (story), Ewart Adamson (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Harry Langdon ... Harry
Elsie Ames Elsie Ames ... Lizzy
Dorothy Appleby ... Aggie
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... Bill, Aggie's Boy Friend (as Monty Collins)
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... Mr. Kelley


This Columbia short (production number 3431) has Harry Langdon and Elsie Ames billed above the title, but it is all Elsie Ames with Langdon and Monty Collins (if his name is Monte, how come---except for typos--- he is always billed as Monty?) only around to get a bowling ball bounced off the top of their collective heads, plus a couple of unfunny sight gags. Langdon, while top-billed, also played second-fiddle to the pratfalls of Elsie Ames in "Carry Harry" and even soon found himself billed second to Una Merkel---yes, that Una Merkel--- in Columbia's 1944-short "To Heir Is Human." Lizzy and her friend Aggie are toiling in Kelley's Laundry in order to get enough money to marry their boy friends Harry and Bill, and soon find themselves as a two-woman company bowling team attempting to keep Mr. Kelley from losing a $1000 bet. Things happen. Some of them funny. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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26 March 1942 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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All physical humor and no subtlety whatsoever.
2 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the days of silent films, Harry Langdon had a respectable career. While not quite on par with the likes of Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Keaton and Lloyd, Langdon's films were fun, enjoyable and very well directed by Frank Capra. Inexplicably, Langdon left his studio in search of more control and more money....and ended up making a ton of incredibly forgettable films for Hal Roach, Educational, and Columbia Pictures. Of these, the Columbia ones are the worst, as the films tended to put Harry in situations that the Three Stooges would have found familiar....but this was completely wrong for Harry. He was not a Stooge nor could he or should he have been. "What Makes Lizzy Dizzy?" is one of these low-brow Columbia shorts. In quite a few of these pictures, Harry is co-billed with another actor--such as El Brendel. Here, he co-stars with comedienne Elsie Ames.

The plot and humor in "What Makes Lizzy Dizzy?" is about as far removed from Langdon's best humor of the 1920s as you can get. His silents were wonderful because he played such a sweet and likable character. Here, in this Columbia film, it's not the least about the character but more about situations and very physical humor. In this case, he goes bowling with some ladies and all sorts of ridiculous and over-the-top physical humor is used...humor which makes the characters seem more like caricatures. Most of the physical humor is annoying...once or twice it works...a bit and the bit with Langdon having BOTH hands stuck in bowling balls and flailing about is simply godawful. Mostly, the film simply isn't that funny and is a film the Three Stooges and their knockabout humor would have worked much better with than Langdon. Easy to skip this one.

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