Friday, August 2, 2013
Harry Langdon, Heart Trouble in Australia #2 -- August 2, 2013
I had a request for anything about Harry Langdon's last silent feature under his lucrative First National contract. Heart Trouble flopped at the box office and we may never know if it was any good because it is considered lost. I remembered seeing several items in digitized Australian newspapers. In part one, I gave some of the results, showing the progression from main feature to second feature. Here we see it shown until 1931, even as talkies came to dominate the market. Click on each image to see a larger version. I found the newspapers using the Trove Project, which is digitizing more papers all the time. I am splitting this post into two parts.
A review from the December, 1928 Motion Picture Magazine
"Movie Notes" from the 08-April-1929 Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser says that in the second feature Heart Trouble, Harry Langdon "Bombs the blues with mirth." The main feature The Red Dance is supported the second night by a movie we saw twice in part one, Almost Human.
Two days later, the 11-October-1929 Townsville Daily Bulletin reported Heart Trouble was playing at a different theater as second feature to a Hoot Gibson movie.
At the same time that Heart Trouble was playing in Australian theaters, I found ads for most of Harry's other silent features, Tramp Tramp Tramp, The Strong Man, Long Pants, Three's a Crowd, and The Chaser. I didn't find the Sennett feature His First Flame, but I wasn't looking for it. Perhaps, as some writers have suggested, the Australian market, like the American, was saturated with Harry Langdon.
Harry visited Australia in 1936 to appear in a stage production of Anything Goes.