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Edgar Kennedy Shorts (1931-1947)



Edgar Kennedy Shorts

(1931-1947)

Comedy

Edgar Kennedy was America's first sitcom star. He played himself in 103 short films for RKO.  Called 'The Average Man', he usually played the head of the family.

The short comedies (“Two reelers”, or about 20 minutes each on average) had very short shooting schedules, some as little as three days. He eventually made over 200 short subjects and appeared in over 100 feature films. In each episode of the series Edgar is surrounded by a zany dysfunctional family consisting of a dizzy wife, a meddling mother-in-law, and his shiftless, good-for-nothing brother-in-law. Each short film revolves around what are now typical sitcom plots, such as Edgar building a home addition, or buying a car, or paying of a poker debt, or even directing a film! As the tension mounts and hijinks ensue Edgar slowly wipes his head and face with his left hand in his now legendary signature gesture, “The Slow Burn”, that made him one of the most recognizable faces in film.


(1933)

Comedy

19 minutes

Directed by Harry Sweet

Cast:
Edgar Kennedy as Mr. Kennedy
Florence Lake as Mrs. Kennedy
William Eugene as the Brother-in-law
Dot Farley as the Mother-in-law
Franklyn Pangborn as the Artist
Mona Ray as the Singer
Aspiring artist Edgar, with family in tow, relocates to Greenwich Village - according to his wife, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law the right environment for him to be inspired.


(1947)

Comedy

19:17 minutes

Directed by Hal Yates

Cast:
Edgar Kennedy as Edgar
Florence Lake as Florence
Jack Rice as the Brother-in-law
Dot Farley as the Mother-in-law
Jason Robards Sr. as Edgar's boss
Dick Wessell as the old Boyfriend
Bryant Washburn as the Doctor
Cy Ring as the Trainer

Edgar is promoted to be Head of the Transportation Department, but doesn't want to tell the family in fear his mother-in-law and brother-in-law will blow through his raise.  When he's given a few days off his family assumes he's been fired because he's overweight and begin plotting ways to get him to diet.


(1942)

Comedy

17:27 minutes

Directed by Clem Beauchamp

Cast:
Edgar Kennedy as Edgar
Sally Payne as Mrs. Kennedy
Jack Rice as the Brother-in-law
Dot Farley as the Mother-in-law
Eddie Kane
Keith Hitchcock
Isabel La Mal

The Mother-in-law and brother-in-law talk Florence into convincing Edgar he must go into business for himself as an interior decorator. 


(1939)

Comedy

18:12 minutes

Directed by Charles E. Roberts

Cast:
Edgar Kennedy as Edgar
Vivien Oakland as Vivien
Billy Franey as Pop, Viviens father
Minerva Urecal as Mail Order Bride
Tom Dempsey

At his wits end dealing with his live-in Father-in-law, Edgar sends for a new wife for him.  After discovering Edgar's plot, Pop switches the photo going with the letter and tells Vivien about Edgar's plan.  Edgar is soon in hot water trying to keep his wife happy and fending off the applicants for the position of his new wife.


(1945)

Comedy

18:30 minutes

Directed by Hal Yates

Cast:
Edgar Kennedy as Edgar
Florence Lake as Florence
Jack Rice as the Brother-in-law
Dot Farley as the Mother -in-law
Dick Elliott as the Boss
Sarah Edwards
Bess Flowers

On the day Edgar finally kicks his mother-in-law and brother-in-law out of his house, his boss gives him a raise and drops by to pay his respects to Edgar's Mother-in-law.  When Edgar learns she has moved out he's forced to impersonate her to fool the Boss.



(1937)

Comedy

18:05 minutes

Directed by Leslie Goodwins

Cast:  Edgar Kennedy, Fern Emmett and Si Jenks

Nothing but trouble ensues when Bog Yancey, proprietor of an Ozark country store makes a deal with electronic appliance salesman Edgar.  Yancey will buy everything Edgar has if he can sweet talk a widow woman into marrying Yancey.


(1937)

Comedy

17:32 minutes

Directed by Leslie Goodwins

Cast:  Edgar Kennedy, Vivian Oakland, Bill Franey, Bill Benedict, Lloyd Ingraham, Ed Dunn

Edgar impulsively invites his boss, Mr. Markham, to his home for dinner when his boss compliments him for giving coffee money to a down and out man.  At the train station Edgar intervenes, keeping another man from beating a young man named Frankie, and Edgar takes Frankie home with him, even though the stranger warns Edgar that the young man is nothing but trouble.



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Actors: Edgar Kennedy
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