Leon Errol: The Rubber-Legged Scoundrel of Vaudeville by Frank Cullen

Comedian, dancer, producer, director and writer Leon Errol never told jokes, but he was among the finest comedians. Squinty-eyed, bald and beaked, Errol looked and acted like an aggravated chicken. Often his film character was a befuddled, lecherous, lying sot, and his signature act was a rubber-legged drunken stagger that sometimes segued into dance. Like W. C. Fields’ character, Leon Errol’s was a reprobate. Unlike Fields’, Leon’s character was not redeemable, yet he was a loveable rascal.