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by Rob Farr
Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Arbuckle a Founder of United Artists?
Replies: 6
Views: 3958

Arbuckle a Founder of United Artists?

I just stumbled upon this historical nugget, which may be old news to the Arbucklistas around here: "...while the producers were wrangling, the big stars, headed by Griffith, Chaplin, Fairbanks, Hart, Pickford and Arbuckle, effected a temporary organization to combat the producers. Each star pl...
by Rob Farr
Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Sacred Cows
Replies: 13
Views: 9099

Re: Sacred Cows

Biblically, Ben Turpin played John the Baptist (or actually an actor playing John the Baptist) in Sennett's SALOME VS. SHENANDOAH (1919). Now that I think of it, both Chaplin and Stan Laurel acted out comic versions of the David and Goliath story. OK, so let's amend my statement to say categoricall...
by Rob Farr
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Now *Here's* an Unusual Question
Replies: 22
Views: 12297

Re: Now *Here's* an Unusual Question

Being a kid about a half-century ago, it's just fun to say "Paul Parrott...Paul Parrott" or "Polly Parrott...Polly Parrott" in a parrott's voice. Nothing gay about it.

Now Charley actually named his daughter Polly didn't he? Talk about cruel & unusual punishment.
by Rob Farr
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Sacred Cows
Replies: 13
Views: 9099

Re: Sacred Cows

Biblically, Ben Turpin played John the Baptist (or actually an actor playing John the Baptist) in Sennett's SALOME VS. SHENANDOAH (1919). Now that I think of it, both Chaplin and Stan Laurel acted out comic versions of the David and Goliath story. OK, so let's amend my statement to say categoricall...
by Rob Farr
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Charley Chase Man Bites Lovebug LC
Replies: 1
Views: 2873

Charley Chase Man Bites Lovebug LC

In support of the petition going around to get Charley's 20 Columbia shorts released on DVD: http://slapsticon.org/ManBitesLovebugLCsmall.jpg PS. This is slightly cropped due to the size of the glass on my scanner. And the first upload was waaaay too big, this seems about the right size even if the ...
by Rob Farr
Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A Funny Note About the Slapsticon
Replies: 1
Views: 2450

A Funny Note About the Slapsticon

I regularly get emails via the website from folks who have just discovered the Slapsticon. Usually they are asking to be put on the mailing list or want to know when the next one will be. But I got a note last week from someone who, apparently without irony, repeatedly called it "The Spasticon&...
by Rob Farr
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Sacred Cows
Replies: 13
Views: 9099

Re: Sacred Cows

Oh, and venereal disease.

(first time I've ever posted that sentence)
by Rob Farr
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Sacred Cows
Replies: 13
Views: 9099

Sacred Cows

Steve and Ben's MoMA series got me thinking. Silent comedy had no problem tackling race, sex, war, ethnicity, capital punishment, homosexuality, terrorism (usually in the form of bomb-throwing anarchists), drug abuse, cannibalism, murder, insanity, white slavery, death, etc. etc. But what were the s...
by Rob Farr
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: May and Harry... They Were So Great Together
Replies: 2
Views: 3134

Re: May and Harry... They Were So Great Together

And the scene just screams 1914. Puts me in mind of Joe Adamson's famous comment about "the Myrna Loy westerns of Alfred Hitchcock". That's what happens when a Fox publicity hack returns from a 3-martini lunch.