short comedies on EYE

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short comedies on EYE

Postby David Denton » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:27 pm

If you have been reading the "Dinty" thread on Nitrateville, Steve Massa has listed quite a few of the silent comedies viewable on Thought Equity. In addition, if you decrease the duration to perhaps 200 seconds, you will find shorter material (4 to 10 minutes)for example, two IMP comedies with John Cumpson from 1912, a Nestor "Operating on Cupid"(1915) with Neal Burns that looks like it's trying to be an L-KO, and "Bertha, the Buttonhole Maker" (1914) a Biograph copying (parodying?) Keystone down to having Cops who look like Arbuckle, St. John and Sterling.
There are many Vitagraphs on hand with Bunny and without. A great chance to see Flora Finch on her own, Wally Van, Sidney Drew.
There are even two King Baggot comedies. Edison shorts with Arthur Housman and Alice Washburn.
I know watching silent comedy on your computer is not anyone's preference, but you won't find these films anywhere else.

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Steve Massa » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:02 am

As David says it's a real silent comedy treasure trove, and a chance to see rarities with Billie Ritchie, John Bunny, even "Smiling Billy" Parsons.

My friends at the Eye Institute have told me this is only the material they've been able to digitize so far. There's a lot more silent American comedies in their holdings.

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Joe Moore » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:49 am

Since Dave mentioned the Eye site I thought it might be nice if we listed some quick links here for people who want to go see some of the goodies quickly.

Here's a few to get started-

Almost a Scandal-1915-L-KO Director: Henry Lehrman Cast: Biliie Ritchie, Henry Bergman, Hank Mann

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 286_s01.do

Worries and Wobbles-1917-Vitagraph- Director: Larry Semon Cast: Jimmy Aubrey, Earl Montgomery, Joe Rock

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... %2Cwobbles

A Lesson in Jealousy-1913-Vitagraph- Director: Harry Lambert Cast: Sidney Drew, Clara Kimball Young

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 291_s01.do

Hurry Up-1922-Educational-Cameo- Director:Fred Hibbard Cast: Jimmie Adams, Virginia Vance

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 353_s01.do

Fatty's Chance Acquaitance-1915-Keystone- Director: Roscoe Arbuckle Cast: Roscoe Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Billie Bennett, Harry McCoy, Frank Hayes

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 353_s01.do

Stenographer Troubles-1913-Vitagraph- D: Frederick A. Thomson Cast: John Bunny, Flora Finch, Norma Talmadge, Clara Kimball Young

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 412_s01.do

Gertie's Gasoline Glide-1916-L-KO- Cast: Billy Armstrong, Gertrude Selby, Phil Dunham, Dave Morris

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... ne%2Cglide

Bill's Opportunity-1918-Capitol Comedies- Cast: Smiling Billy Parsons

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/141D7600_s01.do

A couple quick notes about the prints-all inter-titles are in Dutch (but most are pretty easy to follow anyway) and there are no music tracks (so you might want to throw on a ragtime CD while you watch).

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Steve Rydzewski » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:23 pm

Thanks so much for posting the links, Joe.
Just watched "Gertie's Gasoline Glide" and was good to see Billy Bevan playing the minister.
But these clips are playing pretty jerkily for me, not a smooth run.
Anyone else having the same problem? Most annoying! (but good stuff nonetheless).

SteveR (hope you are well, Joe, long time no see!)

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Joe Moore » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:40 am

Hey Steve,

Glad you like the links. I figured it would make it easier for folks.

I've heard some people have had trouble at times playing the clips with the films freezing up and playing jerkily but so far I haven't had too much trouble myself.

Anyway here's a few more easy links-


Jerry's Mother-In-Law-1913-Vitagraph- Director: James Young Cast: Sidney Drew, Clara Kimball Young, Kate Price

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 152_s01.do

The No-Account Count-1914-Kalem- Director: Albert W. Hale Cast: Fred Hornby, Ethel Teare, John Brennan, John Rand

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... nt%2Ccount

Operating on Cupid-1915-Nestor- Director: Horace Davey Writer: Al Christie Cast: Billie Rhodes, Neal Burns, Ray Gallagher

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... on%2Ccupid


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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Robert Arkus » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:32 am

Steve-
I was also having some troubles playing at first ... I'm on a PC; I cleaned my cache, closed other windows I had opened, and it was fine. Also, there are two players: Simple and Advanced. I take it that the advanced player either plays a larger file or utilizes more power from the PC's microprocessor (?). I was also using the Firefox browser. I went a step further and performed a disc clean-up, cleaned the cookies, did a spyware/malware sweep (super-free-antispyware - very-good free software!) and used Internet Explorer as a browser. I'm having no problems now.

If you're on a PC, those are my suggestions ... If you're still having problems, send me an email.
Rob

PS Almost a Scandal was hilarious! Bergman Chasing Ritchie with a sword through his chest is priceless! Nice to see Hank Mann show up in there as well. (apologies for the spoiler to those who haven't seen it yet).

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Joe Moore » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:27 am

Here's links to a few more.

The Troublesome Step-Daughters-1912-Vitagraph- Director: George Baker Cast: John Bunny, Flora Finch, Edith Storey, Norma Talmadge, Clara Kimball Young, Helene Costello, Delores Costello

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... pdaughters

Riley's Decoy-1913-Biograph- Cast: Charlie Murray

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 0s%2Cdecoy

Mrs. 'Enry 'Awkins-1912-Vitagraph- Director: Maurice Costello & Van Dyke Brooks Cast: Maurice Costello, Norma Talmadge, Van Dyke Brooks

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... y%2Cawkins

The Bachelor's Baby-1915-Essanay- Director: G. M. Anderson Cast: "Broncho Billy" Anderson, Marguertite Clayton, Lee Willard

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 20s%2Cbaby


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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Joe Moore » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:35 am

Here's one I'm having trouble identifying. Maybe one of youse guys can ID it.

It's an Eddie Lyons and Lee Moran Star Comedy done for Universal probably in 1920.

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 269_s01.do

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Joe Moore » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:26 am

A few more.

Somebody's Widow-1918-Strand Comedy- Cast: Billie Rhodes, Cullen Landis, Billy Bevan

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 0s%2Cwidow

His Day Out-1918-King Bee Director: Arvid Gilstrom Cast: Billy West, Leatrice Joy, Oliver Hardy

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 255_s01.do

Beans For Two-1918-Strand Comedy- Cast: Elinor Field, Harry Depp

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... 316_s01.do

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Re: short comedies on EYE

Postby Steve Massa » Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:39 am

Hi Joe
Found a review in the Universal Weelky that i.d.s that Lyons and Moran Star Comedy as SOME SHIMMIERS (1/12/1920). Eddie's girl is played by Mildred Moore (any relation?).


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