Leo McCarey Directs (Silent) (DVD)
Release Date: 05/27/14
Earliest work by three time Academy Award winning director of 'Screwball comedies' - Leo McCarey.
Three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Leo McCarey (1898-1969), born Thomas Leo McCarey in Los Angeles, began as a writer and director of silent shorts before graduating to feature films in the 1930s, including the Marx Brothers comedy <I>Duck Soup</I> (1933) and <I>Ruggles of Red Gap</I> (1935) starring Charles Laughton.<P>McCarey won his first Oscar as Best Director for <I>The Awful Truth</I> (1937), then repeated the feat with <I>Going My Way</I> (1944), which won seven Oscars in all - including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bing Crosby), Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald) and for McCarey's Original Screenplay. He also earned Oscar nominations for the screenplays of <I>Love Affair</I> (1939), <I>My Favorite Wife</I> (1940) and <I>My Son John</I> (1952) He also won for Best Director <I>The Bells of St. Mary's</I> (1945).<P>Early in his career, McCarey teamed with funnyman Charley Chase for a succession of popular comedy shorts, four of which are included in this selection and three of which find Chase playing his signature character, Jimmy Jump.<P><B><I>Jeffries Jr.</I></B> (1924): Bespectacled bumbler Jimmy Jump is tired of being picked on so he takes boxing lessons from real-life former heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries --who soon discovers he's got his hands full with this eager acolyte!<P><B><I>Fighting Fluid</I></B> (1925): Jimmy Jump is determined to declare his love for the boss' daughter. He finds the courage to make plain his intentions after a few drinks from the boss' water cooler -- which is actually filled with bootleg liquor!<P><B><I>Bad Boy</I></B> (1925): Jimmy Jump -- this time billed as 'Jimmie' -- returns home from college and is immediately put to work in his father's iron works so he can toughen up. But Jimmie is also a mama's boy, and finds himself torn between his domineering parents.<P><B><I>Innocent Husbands</I></B> (1925): Charley Chase plays Melvin, a put-upon husband whose wife constantly suspects him of being a womanizer. No matter how innocent his intentions or actions, poor Melvin always seems to end up in compromising positions with the opposite sex.
|Label: ALPHA HOME ENTERTAIN|
|Run Time: 57 mins|