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Leap Year (1924)

Passed | | Comedy | 11 January 1924 (France)
A young man, heir to his misogynistic and millionaire uncle, and in love with a nurse, gets in trouble when he gives advice on marriage to his girlfriends.

Directors:

James Cruze, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (uncredited)

Writers:

Walter Woods (adapted by), Sarah Y. Mason (from the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Stanley Piper (as Roscoe {Fatty} Arbuckle)
Lucien Littlefield ... Jeremiah Piper
Mary Thurman ... Nurse Phyllis Brown
John McKinnon John McKinnon ... Mumford - the Valet
Clarence Geldart ... Scott Travis
Harriet Hammond ... Loris Keene
Allen Durnell Allen Durnell ... Tommy Blaine
Gertrude Short ... Molly Morris
Winifred Greenwood ... Mrs. Travis
Maude Wayne ... Irene Rutherford
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Storyline

A young man, heir to his misogynistic and millionaire uncle, and in love with a nurse, gets in trouble when he gives advice on marriage to his girlfriends. Written by EST <cimas@sinfo.net>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1924 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Should a Man Marry See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Until February 21, 2008, this film had never been shown theatrically anywhere in America because of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's murder trial, except for special screenings such as the ones in Washington, D.C. at the American Film Institute theater at the Kennedy Center on 18 March 1981, in Los Angeles CA at the Fairfax Theatre 10 April 1981 and at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley CA on 22 August 1993. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Phyllis Brown: [bottle reads take 1 pill every 2 days] How many pills did you take?
Stanley Piper: 3 boxes.
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, Laughsmith Entertainment copyrighted an 56-minute version of this film, with a new musical score compiled by Rodney Sauer and Susan Hall and performed by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. See more »

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60 Years To Be Shown
21 July 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Though this film is not his best work, still it's a shame that the scandal around Roscoe Arbuckle prevented Leap Year from being shown in America. It occurs to me that if this had been given a theatrical release it would have been eligible for an Oscar in the early Eighties.

I don't think it's that good, but I am reminded so much of Jackie Gleason when I watch Fatty Arbuckle. In this one Arbuckle is a silent version of Gleason's famous playboy Reggie Van Gleason. He's the nephew and heir of eccentric Lucien Littlefield and Arbuckle just seems to get tangled up with women just trying to be helpful.

One who he's not trying to be helpful to is Winnifred Greenwood who's the hatchet faced wife of cheating Clarence Geldart. She's almost as funny as poor Fatty.

Leap Year is worth taking that extra day and checking out the art of Roscoe Arbuckle.


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