Call of the Cuckoo

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Call Of The Cuckoo
Directed by Clyde Bruckman
Written by H.M. Walker (titles)
Produced by Hal Roach
Starring Max Davidson
Cinematography Floyd Jackman
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
October 15, 1927
Running time
17 min.
CountryUnited States
Languages Silent film
English intertitles

Call of the Cuckoo (1927) is a Hal Roach two reel silent film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. [1] The film's principal star is comedian Max Davidson, though the film is just as well known for cameos from other Roach stars at the time. These cameos include renowned supporting player Jimmy Finlayson (the source of Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" catchphrase), the oft underrated/ignored Charley Chase, and a pre-teaming Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. [2]



Papa Gimplewart (Davidson) exchanges his house, in order to escape the antics of inmates of the lunatic asylum next door, including characters played by Laurel and Hardy. Unfortunately, the new house turns out to be 'Jerry-built', put up in two days. After several disasters occur, Papa Gimplewart asks "Is there anything else can happen?". He then realizes that the inmates from the asylum have just moved in next door.

Among the disasters are a mop removing the color from the kitchen floor;dirty bath water leaking down from upstairs and into the communal coffeepot;and a piano sliding on an uneven floor that crashes through a wall and demolishes the family car.

Excerpts from this film appeared in the Robert Youngson documentary LAUREL AND HARDY'S LAUGHING 20's(1965)


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