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Programme Notes

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Frank Capra
Production Company: First National USA. 1926
Film Print: 35mm B&W print struck from the original camera negative available from Cohen Film Collection (N. America) and Park Circus (Rest of World). (Film Speed: 24 frames per second)

Harry Langdon stars at his comic best playing Paul, a Belgian war veteran. In the company of a German professional weightlifter, Zandow the Great, he goes to America in search of his pen-friend. He finds her in a small American town, which is terrorised by a gang of bootleggers. They declare their undying love. Paul has to replace Zandow in the ring at short notice and in a hilarious sequence he succeeds in driving the gang out of town.
Using a small ensemble, Davis captures the quality of Langdon's acting and direction with long sustained passages of static harmony and repeated rhythmic patterns.

The Strong Man

Missouri Theater (Columbia, MO, USA)

Kirk Trevor/Missouri Symphony

The Strong Man

Tobias Theatre, Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN, USA)

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra/Kirk Trevor