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Crazy Like a Fox1926

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Arranged marriages can be tricky. In this Charley Chase short, the potential groom attempts to convince his arranged bride and her parents to believe that he's gone off the deep-end in order to cancel the wedding. Not satisfied with a simple misunderstanding, director Leo McCarey allows the whole thing to go off the rails! This film features actors performing in blackface. Fandor does not condone racist stereotyping, but blackface is nonetheless a significant aspect of American history in general and film history specifically. Early cinema was deeply rooted in vaudeville, where blackface was a popular staple. As film critic Ty Burr wrote in a recent assessment of Al Jolson’s THE JAZZ SINGER, “Minstrelsy was the then-accepted cultural mechanism by which the governing white culture could appropriate and tame various representations of black people.” The history of blackface is complex (even African American performers donned burnt cork to appear onstage in the early 1900s), and its legacy is far from being resolved. While blackface iconography appears offensive today, it remains deeply telling of the culture from which it emerged.

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The film would be good if only the governor would fall into the water one more time.

Very funny and very well written. One of the more likeable characters I've seen Charlie Chase play.