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by Chris Snowden
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: CLASSIC TELEVISION
Topic: Does it ever end?
Replies: 3
Views: 2755

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: 924

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: 924

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: 1183

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: 672

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: 2336

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: 4135

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...
by Chris Snowden
Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: CLASSIC TELEVISION
Topic: THE RED SKELTON SHOW: The Early Years, 1951-1955
Replies: 14
Views: 7966

Re: THE RED SKELTON SHOW: The Early Years, 1951-1955

We've all heard sad stories about Bela Lugosi's appearance on the Skelton show. They're told in some otherwise impressive books about him, and they're underlined by a painful scene in Tim Burton's Ed Wood , in which a confused, humiliated Bela struggles through a live TV comedy. All of this seems to...
by Chris Snowden
Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: CLASSIC TELEVISION
Topic: THE RED SKELTON SHOW: The Early Years, 1951-1955
Replies: 14
Views: 7966

THE RED SKELTON SHOW: The Early Years, 1951-1955

I'd like to put in a good word for Red Skelton. That would've been a silly thing to say just a couple of generations ago, when he was still one of America's best-loved comedians. But in the years since his show went off the air in 1971, his fame has slowly and quietly diminished--- not because his s...
by Chris Snowden
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Everybody's Favorite Norwegian Silent Film Comedian
Replies: 1
Views: 1235

Everybody's Favorite Norwegian Silent Film Comedian

Yep, that could only be Barney Hellum, a Sennett veteran who headlined the obscure Barney Google series in the final months of the silent era. Here are headliners Hellum and Philip Davis, in a press photo from August 1928: http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii241/Black_Jeans_Chris/HellumBDavisPhilip...