Book Choice --- Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon
|Langdon's Terrific in Hot Rhythm, But Ouch! --- Not Listed Among Players on the Lobby Card|
|Harry Gets To Be "Master Of Mirth" At The|
Majestic ... But For One Day Only
|Long Pants and Harry's Truest Oddball Of A Misfire, But Its A Fascinating One|
|Obscure For Decades, A Soldier's Plaything Finally Is Available on|
Warner Archive DVD
|Babe Hardy Posing as Though Stan Were Still His Partner, But This Was Langdon and Hardy in Hal Roach's Aborted Go at Replacing the L&H Brand|
|Harry Plays at Tentative Comeback in|
Hallelujah, I'm A Bum
|Legendarily Lost Heart Trouble from 1928 --- Little Elf's Account is Almost Like Being There|
You'll not believe all the dope these authors found on pre-movie Harry. Little Elf is like innards of a long-forgot theatrical trunk filled with Langdon lore. I'm amazed such stuff survived, let alone that 2012 diggers could get at it. There are even scripts for HL's vaudeville turns, written, of course, by him. I came away from Little Elf thinking anything's possible --- will Harter/Hayde be the guys who someday find Heart Trouble? In the wake of this book, I won't be surprised. Noteworthy is over five hundred illustrations throughout Elf's pages, much being trade promos, rare ad art, wire photos --- lots new to me --- and culled from Langdon stashes far and wide. Little Elf is more than a book about one comedian --- it's masterly coverage of an era and the many whose orbits Harry crossed. Cameos, many extended, include Mack Sennett, Hal Roach, Laurel and Hardy ... the list encompasses most every headliner of Langdon's day. I'll be in and out of this book over pleasurable months to come. Certainly for whatever Harry Langdons I screen, it'll be sitting in my lap.
More Harry Langdon at Greenbriar Archives --- Part One and Two.