Harry Langdon in “Heart Trouble”

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Harry Langdon comedy feature Heart Trouble (1928) was released on this date.

Heart Trouble is one of the great lost silent films — no surviving copy of it is known to exist. This is particularly a shame because contemporary reviews indicate that with Heart Trouble Langdon was rebounding after a two-movie slump at the box office, and might have continued to do so had not the advent of talkies further discouraged First National from renewing his contract. The film revolved around his rejection from service in WWI and subsequent heroism in foiling a ring of spies. His co-star was Doris Dawson.

To learn more about comedy film history, including Harry Langdon’s Heart Trouble please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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