Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel

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"Comprehensive career study of pioneering film producer Mack Sennett, with filmography covering films produced, directed, written by, or featuring Sennett, including casts, credits, synopses, production and release dates, locations, cross-references of remade stories and gags, footage excerpted in compilations, identification of prints existing in archives. Contains biographies of performers and technical personnel connected with Sennett"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist/RBB
this volume will be especially useful for researchers. It belongs in any comprehensive film-studies collection...useful...exhaustive
Choice
The most thorough resource to date on Sennett and his wacky world of gags, speedy comic chases, and the inevitable abuse of human bodies and property. Recommended
Midwest Book Review
Brent E Walker has compiled and published an impressively detailed compendium comprising an exhaustive and chronologically presented filmography...a welcome and seminal addition that should be a core part of personal, academic, and community library American Film history reference collections.
Library Journal
★ 04/15/2014
Historian and web developer Walker has produced an exceptional work about actor and director Mack Sennett, the "King of Comedy" and founder of Keystone Studios, whose films had an enormous impact on cinematic comedy in the silent and early sound movie industry. Walker has chronicled his research in the introductions to each of the three parts of this two-volume work: Part 1 provides a historical and critical overview of Sennett's studios and films; Part 2 offers the most extensive filmography for Sennett that exists; and Part 3 contains biographies of those who worked at Sennett's studios, many of them including information not previously compiled. The multiple black-and-white images are alone enough to justify the cost of these two volumes. This reviewer suggests more photographs in the biography section. The index provides access to entries and also acts as a key directing the reader to all the films with which each listed individual was associated. VERDICT Walker has made a significant contribution to the history of the film industry; this is essential for film collections and for film buffs.—Rosanne Cordell, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786436101
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 671
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent E. Walker is a web developer and historian who has contributed to numerous film publications, DVD commentaries, and Turner Classic Movies. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Pt. I Mack Sennett and the Movies: A Historical Overview

Introduction to Part I 7

1 From Broadway to Biograph: Mack Sennett at the Biograph Company 14

2 Creating a Legend: The Keystone Film Company in the Mutual Years 25

3 One Point of the Triangle: Keystone Joins the Triangle Film Company 56

4 On His Own: The Paramount-Mack Sennett Comedies 86

5 The Feature Film Quest: Associated Producers and Associated First National 109

6 Back on Two-Reels: The Sennett-Pathe Years 128

7 Learning to Talk: Mack Sennett and Educational Pictures 184

8 The Last Hurrah: Sennett and Paramount Publix 208

9 Taking Early Retirement: The Post-Studio Years 222

Pt. II Mack Sennett Filmography

Introduction to Part II 245

The Biograph Company (1908-1912) 251

Keystone Comedies Released by Mutual (1912-1915) 265

Keystone Comedies Released by Triangle (1915-1917) 322

Paramount-Mack Sennett Comedies Released by Famous Players-Lasky (1917-1921) 348

Mack Sennett Comedies Released by Associated Producers and Associated First National Pictures (1921-1922) 369

Mack Sennett Comedies Released by Pathe (1923-1929) 377

Mack Sennett Comedies Released by Educational (1928-1932) 432

Mack Sennett Comedies Released by Paramount Publix (1932-1933) 451

Feature Films Produced by Mack Sennett (1914-1932) 460

Other Mack Sennett Film Credits, and Appearances on Broadway, Radio and Television 469

Theatrical Compilation Films Featuring Mack Sennett Footage 473

Pt. III Biographies of Keystone and Mack Sennett Studio Personnel

Introduction to Part III 481

Performers 483

Creative and Technical Personnel 556

OtherNotable Personnel 586

Chapter Notes 599

Bibliography 602

Index 605

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