The Strong Man

1926, U.S., 76m, 2K DCP

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Screened December 14, 2022

When Harry Langdon left Mack Sennett in 1925, he took then-gag writer Frank Capra with him. They made three films together, each a hit with critics and public alike. Under Capra’s writing and direction, their second (and Capra’s first feature-length) film The Strong Man shot Langdon to stardom, drawing comparisons to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. Langdon plays a Belgian emigrant turned carnival strong man’s assistant in pursuit of his stateside lady love, who he has yet to meet in person and also happens to be blind. Slapstick hijinks occur and unravel to hilarious results with Langdon’s wide-eyed pathos at the center. A must-see for silent film fans, and a great find for Capra completists.

A film by Frank Capra