The Cat's Meow (1924)

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Although Harry Langdon was an established vaudeville star when he signed on to make films for Mack Sennett, it took him several pictures (not to mention teaming up with director Harry Edwards and writer/ future director Frank Capra) before he really began to gain his film footing. Nevertheless, this short, the fifth he made for Sennett, was quite well-received. Trade paper Moving Picture World raved, "This comedy is on the type of Charles Chaplin's Easy Street and is every bit as funny as that classic." Langdon plays a reticent young man whose sweetheart (Alice Day) somehow convinces him to take her to a notorious resort by the name of the Cat's Meow. He's almost immediately beaten up by thugs, and, for some reason, the town's reformers decide he would make a good cop to help clean up the place. Ultimately, he manages to round up the bad guys by tricking them into the paddy wagon.