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by Richard M Roberts
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

Re: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?

Here's some footage from Finlayson's appearance in Roy Roger's "Grand Canyon Trail". He's the same old Fin, and just seems perfectly suited for B-Westerns. Apparently this was originally shot in the "TruColor" process which was notoriously unstable, so only black & white pri...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A challenge: Find a stranger silent comedy
Replies: 4
Views: 1913

Re: A challenge: Find a stranger silent comedy

I defy anyone to find a more avant garde, mainstream, Hollywood produces, silent two-reel comedy than "Wiggle Your Ears", starring Hal Roach's beloved Rascals. And this from an era when Pete the Pup attempted suicide and Wheezer was attacked by giant chickens in a Dippy Doo Dads fever dre...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Packaging and Booklet for "American Slapstick v.2"
Replies: 10
Views: 3948

Re: Packaging and Booklet for "American Slapstick v.2"

Yes, David Kalat was . I believe that the booklet was intended to accompany the DVD set. It was planned for a release earlier in the year through Facets. When Facets delayed, then the deal fell through, VCI picked up the pressing and distribution of the set, but they were not able to accomodate the...
by Richard M Roberts
Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: SCM 101
Topic: Trying to Recall a Sennett Title
Replies: 8
Views: 5915

Re: Trying to Recall a Sennett Title

Why does that clip always end up in any retrospective of Sennett Keystones? Could it be that despite the reputation of Keystones being all 'mayhem and destruction', the reality is that the majority of the shorts produced in the teens were more along the lines of parodies of social comedies of the d...
by Richard M Roberts
Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: SCM 101
Topic: Trying to Recall a Sennett Title
Replies: 8
Views: 5915

Re: Trying to Recall a Sennett Title

Hi Tommie I'm at work so I don't have my murky old VHS dub to check - but I think the film may be CAUGHT WITH THE GOODS (3/11/1917) with Harry Gribbon. I'm sure Brent will know if that's correct (and what it is if it isn't correct). Steve That's THIRST (Keystone-Triangle released July 29, 1917) wit...
by Richard M Roberts
Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: Paul Parrott on youtube
Replies: 5
Views: 2927

Re: Paul Parrott on youtube

Hi Joe It isn't Ena Gregory either - this woman has dark hair and is on the small side. Steve She looks familiar, but no names coming to me. She's definitely a fill-in for the just departed Jobyna Ralston, and Ena Gregory took over leading lady duties on the following film C-83, THE SMILE WINS (FOR...
by Richard M Roberts
Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, June 30, 1923
Replies: 45
Views: 13704

Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, June 30, 1923

I'm assuming that the Clyde Cook comedy shown being filmed here at the Buster Keaton Studio was one of those released by Educational in 1924. I don't remember any of them being called UNDER ORDERS so I'm also assuming that this is a working title. Joe Moore UNDER ORDERS was the working title for th...
by Richard M Roberts
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:39 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

Re: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?

I'd just add to the thoughts expressed above that I reckon the uninhibited action and humour of silent comedy dovetailed nicely with the robust, elemental western. And I imagine that the comics were accustomed to working quickly and resourcefully, something no doubt appreciated by producers and dir...
by Richard M Roberts
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

Re: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?

I'd just add to the thoughts expressed above that I reckon the uninhibited action and humour of silent comedy dovetailed nicely with the robust, elemental western. And I imagine that the comics were accustomed to working quickly and resourcefully, something no doubt appreciated by producers and dir...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

Re: "The last roundup" for silent comedians?

Wasn't aware of "Yanks Ahoy"...I wonder if I have a copy of that laying around somewhere?? The Blystone story is an interesting one; didn't Snub Pollard have a similar experience with "The Rifleman"? Well, Snub didn't die at the Studio, he apparently died over the weekend while ...