Mighty Like A Moose
Series: Charley Chase Distribution: Pathée  Director: Leo McCarey  Cinematography: Len Powers
Production: B-9 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: Richard C. Currier
Released: 18 July 1926 Length: 2-reels Titles: H.M. Walker Supervising director: F. Richard Jones


  "A story of homely people ~ A wife with a face that would stop a clock ~ And her husband with a face that would start it again ~~"

And so begins one of the most popular of all Charley Chase's films made with Hal Roach.  Charley is teased by a group of kids hanging out in the street simply because he has enormous teeth; whilst his wife (Vivien Oakland) has an enormous nose.  She writes in her diary that she has saved enough money to get a nose-job (I'm sure that's not how they were referred to back then, but hey!) as a surprise for her husband.
Charley arrives home and the couple have an awkward kiss on account of the dynamics of their faces!  The next day Charley secretly gets his teeth fixed by the dentist, whilst his wife is secretly getting her nose done at the same time, in the same building.  Not only that, the two emerge from their respective appointments and cross paths, firstly in the elevator (note Ed Brandenburg at the controls) and then they sit next to one another to have their shoes shined - not recognising each other.


  Favourite bit

Production B-9 - Charley Chase series.
Copyrighted May 26, 1926.
• Premiered June 21, 1926.
• Added to the National Film Registry on December 27, 2007.
Filming dates
March 20 - April 2, 1926.

Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds' marvelous book on Chase, "Smile When The Raindrops Fall" features a still shot of Charley from the opening scene in this film.
In the opening scene, the group of boys run around the corner of a building to wait for Charley.  On the left of the screen there is a community meeting board which reads "CULVER CITY'S YEAR".  In the next shot as the policeman walks after Charley, we see the Culver Hotel on the left with the Adams Hotel in the background.  The stairs on the right of the frame led to a tunnel underneath Washington Boulevard.
 The entry in Vivien Oakland's diary is dated Tuesday July 13th, 1926.  This screen capture is included in the "Intertitle cards" section at the bottom of this page.

What the experts say
"One of Charley's best comedies, or anybody's for that matter." - Randy Skretvedt
"Brilliant melding of Leo McCarey's careful construction of situations and gags with Chase's amazing skills for physical comedy, and a typically instinctual and astute comedic turn from Vivien Oakland." - Paul Castligia

Charley Chase
Mr. Moose
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Vivien Oakland
Mrs. Moose
Ham Kinsey
Dentists' photographer
Charles Clary
Clara Guiol
Dentists' secretary
Ed Brandenburg
Lift operator
  Ann Howe
The Radio Girl (Moose's maid)
  Gale Henry
Wallflower at party
  Malcolm Denny
Gigolo at party
  Harry Bowen
Harp player
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Charlie Hall
Shoe shine man
  Kenneth McMillan
One of the boys
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Rolfe Sedan
Nose doctor




http://www.cartelespeliculas.com/galeria/albums/userpics/10118/1926_-_MIGHTY_LIKE_A_MOOSE_-_Leo_McCarey.jpeg (poster)
http://www.cartelespeliculas.com/galeria/albums/userpics/10118/1926_-_MIGHTY_LIKE_A_MOOSE_-_Leo_McCarey.jpg (lobby card)
'Smile When The Raindrops Fall' by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds (book)
Richard Finegan (lobby cards)
Ed Watz (lobby cards)
Jorge Finkielman (help and assistance)
Chris Bungo (locations expert)

This page was last updated on: 08 April 2018