The White Wing's Bride (1925)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This Harry Langdon comedy is somewhat mysterious -- although released in 1925, it was produced several years earlier by Principal Pictures, before Langdon joined Mack Sennett studios. It had apparently been sitting on the shelf all this time and probably only came out because of Langdon's growing popularity. It's really nothing more than routine slapstick, and the comedian was far from developing the unworldly character that brought him fame. Nor did he have director Harry Edwards and writer Frank Capra helping him -- he did have Alf Goulding as a director, but Goulding himself was also lacking in experience at the time. The plot is standard comic fare: A poor, but well-meaning street sweeper (Langdon) is in love with the daughter of a wealthy banker. The banker's prize possession is a valuable jewel that came from an idol located in the Orient. Two strangers traveling from the Orient come looking for the jewel, which somehow winds up in the street sweeper's possession. After a series of mad chases, the young man returns the gem to the banker and wins the girl's hand.