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by Chris Snowden
Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Now *Here's* an Unusual Question
Replies: 22
Views: 18141

Re: Now *Here's* an Unusual Question

Well now, shouldn't we say "accused pedophile" when referring to Gus Meins, or was he ever found guilty of any charges? I sometimes wonder if he didn't commit suicide just because the accusations would have been enough to have ended his career as a Director of childrens comedies or anythi...
by Chris Snowden
Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Arbuckle a Founder of United Artists?
Replies: 6
Views: 5969

Re: Arbuckle a Founder of United Artists?

So Arbuckle chose what must have seemed at the time to be a "safer" route by signing a contract with Zukor instead of going with his fellow actors. That's how it worked out for William S. Hart. Famous Players offered him a certain degree of independence, full financial backing for product...
by Chris Snowden
Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: Angry Telegrams to Mack Sennett
Replies: 7
Views: 10599

Re: Angry Telegrams to Mack Sennett

Thanks, David. I've already tried the disc on a couple of drives already, though... I'm guessing the data either got erased somehow or the disc is damaged, but either way, it's a goner.
by Chris Snowden
Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Now *Here's* an Unusual Question
Replies: 22
Views: 18141

Now *Here's* an Unusual Question

A reader of my blog has e-mailed me with a question that truly sounds like a case for the Silent Comedy Mafia: I'm looking for specific info on Paul Parrott, that is, was he gay? - My birth name was Beau Berrit, and an aquaintence of my mother would make fun of my name, saying "Paul Parrott Pau...
by Chris Snowden
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: Angry Telegrams to Mack Sennett
Replies: 7
Views: 10599

Angry Telegrams to Mack Sennett

Here's a post I wrote to alt.movies.silent a decade ago. I wish I could post scans of the telegrams that I describe; I did save them, but I saved them to an ancient format called the zip disc, and for whatever reason, my zip discs aren't readable anymore. As I recall, there were four or five telegra...
by Chris Snowden
Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: An Essay on Vitagraph Comedies
Replies: 7
Views: 10388

Re: An Essay on Vitagraph Comedies

Great work, Steve!

I'm guessing that occasionally one series would overlap with another, as Bunny's Honeymoon is simultaneously a Bunny comedy and a Wallie/Wally Van "Cutey" comedy.
by Chris Snowden
Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: The Groucho Marx FBI Files
Replies: 5
Views: 7260

Re: The Groucho Marx FBI Files

What strikes me about the FBI files I've seen is that everything is just jumbled together: factual material, third-hand gossip and everything in between, prompting me to wonder about the reliability of the tipsters who provided much of this information to the agents who filed these various reports. ...
by Chris Snowden
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: May and Harry... They Were So Great Together
Replies: 2
Views: 4442

May and Harry... They Were So Great Together

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Who knew that May McAvoy and Harry Langdon did silent comedies together? Look at that train in the background... this still must be from The General.