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by Chris Snowden
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Borrowing the Keaton Studio
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Borrowing the Keaton Studio

This is likely old news for some of you, but it wasn't for me, so here goes. Apparently the Keaton Studio was available to outside producers when Buster was between films. The 7/8/27 issue of Motion Picture News notes that Herbert Brenon and company had been filming Sorrell and Son at the United Art...
by Chris Snowden
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Slapsticon Notes: PROFESSOR BEWARE (1938)
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Slapsticon Notes: PROFESSOR BEWARE (1938)

Terrific overview and analysis, Richard. I have nothing to add about the film itself, but it is fun to ponder the reasons for Lloyd's relative fall from grace in the 1930s. I have a couple of theories. First is one you already touched upon, that he was getting too old to play the same character that...
by Chris Snowden
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: EXCUSE MY DUST (1920) Wallace Reid
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Re: EXCUSE MY DUST (1920) Wallace Reid

You wouldn't know it from the YouTube video (because the bootlegger carefully edited out the credits when he stole our work and uploaded it without permission), but the excellent accompaniment on this is by Frederick Hodges, recorded for the Unknown Video DVD release.
by Chris Snowden
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: CLASSIC TELEVISION
Topic: Does it ever end?
Replies: 3
Views: 3068

Re: Does it ever end?

Unfortunately, the database of who appeared in episodes which aren't out on DVD are pretty scarce, so anyone have any prints or know of a database or where documents might be held, which might give information? Louie, Richard Bann has mentioned that he acquired dozens of Bob Cummings' personal 16mm...
by Chris Snowden
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Death of Lonesome Luke
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: The Death of Lonesome Luke

Well, I think I understand this issue better now than I did yesterday. It seems the only party unhappy with the Lukes was Lloyd himself, who by 1917 was so sick of the character that he was threatening to leave Rolin and work elsewhere. Richard Bann says Hal Roach wanted to continue making Lukes (an...
by Chris Snowden
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Death of Lonesome Luke
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

The Death of Lonesome Luke

We all know how, in 1917, Harold Lloyd began supplementing his usual Lonesome Luke comedies with one-reelers featuring his new glasses-wearing character. I can see Pathe giving Rolin the green light to try out a new series. But why did the Lonesome Luke series go away? We've heard that Harold was si...
by Chris Snowden
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Correcting Trav S D on Louis Gasnier and Other Directors
Replies: 2
Views: 1488

Re: Correcting Trav S D on Louis Gasnier and Other Directors

Trav's crack about Gasnier descending to the realm of psychotronic cinema is one thing. But I was shocked to hear Ben Mankiewicz ripping Harry Edwards on TCM last Sunday, after presenting several very solid comedies Edwards had directed.
by Chris Snowden
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: LOVE SPEED AND THRILLS (1915) Mack Swain, Chester Conklin
Replies: 2
Views: 803

Re: LOVE SPEED AND THRILLS (1915) Mack Swain, Chester Conklin

This has always been one of my favorite Keystones. Not so much because of the comedy, but because it used to be one of the handful of silent one-reelers that were screened on endless loops at Disneyland's Main Street Cinema. Main Street hadn't yet become the Mickey Mall, and the Cinema hadn't yet sw...
by Chris Snowden
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: THE OLD WALLOP (1927) Our Gang
Replies: 6
Views: 2569

Re: THE OLD WALLOP (1927) Our Gang

If you love Our Gang and you haven't yet watched The Old Wallop on YouTube, you might want to make that a priority.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Richard Bann announced on Facebook this week that "This is a copyrighted film and will be removed from YouTube."
by Chris Snowden
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Restored WHEN COMEDY WAS KING DVD from Sprocket Vault
Replies: 12
Views: 4507

Re: Restored WHEN COMEDY WAS KING DVD from Sprocket Vault

As an extra bonus, Mr. Roberts graciously allowed TSV permission to showcase three complete, rare, wild and crazy silent comedies from his own large collection of early film. For the first time in over 90 years audiences can get a taste of undeservedly forgotten names from the hundreds of comedians...