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The Boy Friend (1928)

Max, a bank clerk, gives his pretty daughter some money to buy shoes. At the shop she meets a handsome college student, who has holes in his socks. When she leaves the shop in anger, after ... See full summary »


Fred Guiol, Leo McCarey


H.M. Walker (titles)


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Cast overview:
Max Davidson ... Papa Davidson
Bill Elliott ... Gordon Elliott (as Gordon Elliott)
Marion Byron ... Marion Davidson
Edgar Kennedy ... The Cop
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Mama Davidson


Max, a bank clerk, gives his pretty daughter some money to buy shoes. At the shop she meets a handsome college student, who has holes in his socks. When she leaves the shop in anger, after finding a hole in her stockings too, she forgets her newly bought scanties. The college student - with only one shoe - follows her and gives her them. Max sees them from afar, noticing the bare foot. When she invites her new friend home, her parents decide to behave crazy to scare him away - going so far to claim being Mr and Mrs Caesar, before realizing that the young man is his boss' son. But by then he has already fled home, chased by two people clad in old Roman clothes claiming not to be Mr and Mrs Caesar, and a confused daughter... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

10 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der vergraulte Bräutigam See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This short was screened at the Castro Theater in San Francisco for the 12th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, as part of a program entitled "Hal Roach: King of Comedy (1924-1929)" in 2007. See more »


When Gordon is chasing Marion down the street, the Culver Hotel is clearly visible behind them. But then we cut to a reverse angle on Max, and the hotel is now behind him as well. See more »

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Bright, Hopeful and (incidentally) Very Very FUNNY!
17 October 2014 | by redryan64See all my reviews

ALTHOUGH HIS NAME may well be no household word today, this 2 reel comedy is one in the series starring one Max Davidson. The German born actor-comedian of Jewish descent was a very prolific and popular screen funny-man; whose movie career began before World War I. His Roach comedies were steeped in ethnic humour, often paring "the Cohens & the Kellys".

THE CAST IS well constituted, having been cast from the players who were regulars at the Hal Roach Studios. Max Davidson, Marion Byron, Edgar Kennedy and Fay Holderness all pitched in and did their usual good job. We were at first miffed by the male romantic lead; who seemed very athletic, handsome and adept at doing comedy. It turned out to be Gordon Elliot; who we knew better as "Wild Bill" Elliot, star of so many "B" Westerns during the 1930's & '40's.

AS FOR THE production, it is beautifully filmed; utilizing an excellent mixture of inside locales and beautiful outdoor scenes on the streets of Culver City, California, where the Hal Roach Studios were located. The picture wastes no time in moving the story along without even one superfluous frame being shot.

ONE ADDITIONAL STRONG suit that THE BOY FRIEND possesses is the inclusion of the work of writer, H.M. Walker. He was the very skilled scribe who contributed so many great scripts during both the silent as well as during the Talkie era.

IT WAS THE work of Mr. Walker that made him the foremost writer of title cards and dialog during the era of silents. He continued the practice with the coming of sound with those opening scene title cards that set the scene and mood for the laughs to come in those LAUREL & HARDY Sound Shorts.

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