Main Entry: Ma·fia
Pronunciation: 'mä-fE-&, 'ma-
Definition: A group of people of similar interests or backgrounds prominent in a particular field or enterprise : A tightly knit group of trusted associates
The Silent Comedy Mafia is an officially unofficial group of authors, historians, scholars, archivists, producers, noted collectors and fans dedicated to the restoration, preservation and promotion of silent and early sound film comedy.
Topics in this forum may include, but are by no means limited to, detailed discussions about specific films, photographs, recordings, restorations, research, books, news articles, as well as screenings and DVDs relating to the various works of Golden Era comedians: Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, Mabel Normand, Charley Chase, Lloyd Hamilton, Al St. John, John Bunny, Bert Williams and more.
Topics may also include discussions about the producers, directors, studios, lesser luminaries and forgotten players from the Golden Age of Comedy. We cover it all.
This forum is designed for the advanced viewer. The SCM, however, always welcomes those who wish to learn!
PLEASE BE ADVISED that this group is inhabited by experts and specialists on the subject of early film comedy. This forum is our home. Passionate "debates" are the norm. If you are easily offended by frank commentary, politically incorrect humor, shameless self promotion, spirited exchanges, or the occasional caustic remark from our resident curmudgeons, THIS MAY NOT BE THE GROUP FOR YOU!
Censorship is scrupulously avoided. We ask only for basic respect and decency toward other members. Try using the decorum one would adopt when meeting a girlfriend's parents for the first time. Of course if you are a jerk, such an example may not apply. A general half-assed dignity will do just fine.
This group also requires the use of your REAL NAME when registering. We DO NOT allow handles or pen names. Failure to utilize your own name will result in the rejection of your membership application or the termination of your existing membership. No joke. You alone must stand responsible for everything that you post.
Lastly, we reserve the right to terminate any membership, at any time, for any reason that we deem appropriate. Failure to follow our simple guidelines may end with offenders sleeping with the fishes. They don't call us the mafia for nothing.
The Silent Comedy Mafia
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