Call of the Cuckoo

Call Of The Cuckoo
Directed by Clyde Bruckman
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by H.M. Walker (titles)
Starring Max Davidson
Cinematography Floyd Jackman
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
October 15, 1927
Running time
17 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Call Of The Cuckoo (1927) is a Hal Roach two reel silent film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film's principal star is Jewish comedian Max Davidson, though the film is just as well known for cameos from other Roach stars at the time. These cameos include renowned supporting player Jimmy Finlayson (the source of Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" catchphrase), the oft underrated/ignored Charley Chase, and a pre-teaming Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.


Papa Gimplewart (Davidson) exchanges his house, in order to escape the antics of inmates of the lunatic asylum next door, including characters played by Laurel and Hardy. Unfortunately, the new house turns out to be 'Jerry-built', put up in two days. After several disasters occur, Papa Gimplewart asks "Is there anything else can happen?". He then realizes that the inmates from the asylum have just moved in next door.


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