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Soft Pedal (1926)

Director:

Ray Grey (as Raymond Grey)

Writer:

Hal Roach
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James Parrott James Parrott ... Willing, i.e. the Wizard of Finance (as Paul Parrott)
Ernest Morrison ... Wary (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Ethel Broadhurst Ethel Broadhurst ... Winsome
Mark Jones ... Worried
George Rowe George Rowe ... Wily
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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1926 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1921 and copyrighted in 1922, but not released until 1926. See more »

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Becoming Charley Chase
19 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Soft Pedal (1926)

** (out of 4)

Paul Parrott, Charley Chase's younger brother, plays a con-man here who runs said con with the help of a black boy (Ernie 'Sunshine Sammy' Morrison from Our Gang) where the kid would run from a roof with a water device and make people think it's raining when Parrott would then sell them an umbrella. Later in the film Parrott is asked by a lovely woman to help her father by breaking into her house. This is a pretty mixed bag because the first half of the film gets a few charming laughs but the second part pretty much falls on its face. I liked the first few gags of the film because the "con" isn't all that funny but it does mildly work because you know the film is ripping off Chaplin's THE KID (this short was filmed in 1921 but not released until '26). The second part of the film had me scratching my head more than anything and the humor it does go for just doesn't work. Not a horrible film but not one really worth watching either.


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