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by Ed Watz
Fri May 15, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White

William, I just returned from running some errands and checked Leo Donnelly's credits - he was a stage and vaudeville comedian turned Broadway confidante, and in the sound era did narration for shorts produced by Paramount, Vitaphone, Educational, and United, perhaps others as well. He died in 1935 ...
by Ed Watz
Fri May 15, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White

William Ferry wrote:Is the narrator for this series the same one who did a similar series around the same time for Vitaphone?


Hi William, here's half of the answer - Leo Donnelly is the credited narrator on the Paramount shorts:
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by Ed Watz
Fri May 15, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White

This is not, in fact, a "Sweedie" comedy, this is AT THE OLD MAID'S CALL, a split-reeler released by Essanay on December 24, 1913, in which Wally is playing Miss Muchmoney a rich old maid who is advertising for a beau in what may be his first female impersonation for the company. Thanks f...
by Ed Watz
Fri May 15, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Essanay Sweedie clip - Wallace Beery, Leo White

A slightly longer clip from a 1932 Paramount Screen Souvenirs entry, of an untitled Essanay Sweedie comedy, with Frenchman Leo White wooing the "charming" Sweedie, Wallace Beery:

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by Ed Watz
Fri May 15, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: WANTED - A STRONG HAND (1913) Norma Talmadge, Hughey Mack, Kate Price
Replies: 0
Views: 724

WANTED - A STRONG HAND (1913) Norma Talmadge, Hughey Mack, Kate Price

From a 1932 Paramount Screen Souvenir: Years before she became Buster Keaton's sister-in-law, and a decade before he became Erich von Stroheim's favorite fat man, Norma Talmadge and Hughey Mack appeared together in this fragment of a still-missing Vitagraph short: https://filmlibrary.shermangrinberg...
by Ed Watz
Thu May 14, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: THE VILLAGE SCANDAL (1915) Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John, Raymond Hitchcock
Replies: 0
Views: 817

THE VILLAGE SCANDAL (1915) Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John, Raymond Hitchcock

From a 1933 Paramount Screen Souvenirs, a tantalizing snippet from an early Keystone-Triangle release: Title card: "…This pioneer movie of the gay, goofy 90s reveals the fine art of 'sparking'…" A young couple exchanges several kisses (indications to the contrary, this is NOT "The Kis...
by Ed Watz
Thu May 14, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: A role originally written for Harry Langdon
Replies: 1
Views: 1513

Re: A role originally written for Harry Langdon

Harry Langdon and Luis Alberni watch in disbelief as Jack Haley attempts to be funny for the camera (1935).
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by Ed Watz
Wed May 13, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: MAX COMES ACROSS (1917) Max Linder
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Re: MAX COMES ACROSS (1917) Max Linder

Thanks, Steve, this is all very interesting - I wonder what happened to the fairly complete MAX COMES ACROSS that was shown at MOMA in 1976 - I don't recall which archive loaned the print, the titles were foreign, and it did contain what Walter Kerr considered the film's highlight, Max playing the s...
by Ed Watz
Tue May 12, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: MAX COMES ACROSS (1917) Max Linder
Replies: 2
Views: 956

MAX COMES ACROSS (1917) Max Linder

An all-too-brief clip from Max Linder's first and rarest Essanay comedy, MAX COMES ACROSS, excerpted in a 1932 Paramount Pictures Screen Souvenirs entry. A print of the film resides in a European archive and was shown during MOMA's BiCentennial Salute to American Screen Comedy, otherwise it exists b...
by Ed Watz
Sat May 09, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: A role originally written for Harry Langdon
Replies: 1
Views: 1513

A role originally written for Harry Langdon

Harry Langdon's widow Mabel was a pack rat in the best sense - after Harry's passing, Mabel kept every document, every script, every contract, every letter written by Langdon and to Langdon. Among Harry's papers was a 1943 note from his former screenwriter and friend Arthur Ripley, which had accompa...