The Missing Link (1927)

Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The talent Syd Chaplin once again proves that he was much, much more than merely Charlie Chaplin's brother in The Missing Link. This time Syd plays Arthur Wells, the valet to famed scientist-explorer Lord Dryden (Crauford Kent). Terribly shy around women, Dryden trades places with Arthur for social purposes. As a result, our hero, who's deathly afraid of animals, is called upon to head an expedition into darkest Africa in search of "the missing link." Though the "African" settings are patently phony, Syd Chaplin's buffoonery more than compensates for any production shortcomings. Original prints of The Missing Link were outfitted with a Vitaphone musical score, arranged by the extremely busy Erno Rapee.

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expedition, exploration, phobia, scientist, valet [servant]