Tramp Tramp Tramp - 1926

Tramp Tramp Tramp - Released March 21, 1926 - Directed by Harry Edwards

Harry Langdon (as Harry Logan) is caught up in a cross country walking race, hoping to win the grand prize of $25,000 in order to save his father's deep-in-debt business. Joan Crawford (as Betty Burton) represents her family's shoe business which is sponsoring the race.

Eight writers are credited to have worked on Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, chief among them Frank Capra (Capra also directed and wrote for Langdon in Long Pants and The Strong Man) and there's a good argument to be made that Tramp, Tramp, Tramp is the best of the three films.

The many comedy sequences are each built upon a simple premise, getting crazier and wilder as Langdon's innocent man-child character keeps repeating the same hopeless solution to each problem.

A very young Joan Crawford appears periodically as a concerned love-interest that is undeterred by the multiplying mishaps that follow Langdon's character from place to place as he attempts to cross the North American continent on foot and win the race.

Langdon has to eventually face down a tornado that is wrecking a small western town, and he goes through the experience with a number of complicated sight-gags that may not be Buster Keaton level for sheer bravado, they are however hilarious, and show why Langdon remains memorable to classic comedy fans but also distinct from the bigger names of Buster, Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.

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