100 Essential Silent Film Comedies

100 Essential Silent Film Comedies

by James Roots

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Overview

From the moment films were first produced, comedy has been a key feature of cinema. From just before the turn of the twentieth century until the early 1930s, audiences celebrated the brilliant humor of cinematic clowns who left their marks forever. We still remember—and laugh at—the hilarious antics of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and many others.

In 100 Essential Silent Film Comedies James Roots identifies the major comedic motion pictures produced in the first few decades of the twentieth century. With a lucid and lively style, Roots takes a look at more than 400 silent comedies and narrows the list to 100 that viewers should consider. Each entry includes cast and crew information, a synopsis, critical evaluation, and additional commentary—all to demonstrate why that particular film is essential viewing. The films range from 70 seconds to full-length features and even include some of the earliest produced films, starting in 1894. In addition to citing Hollywood’s finest, the book profiles comedies from around the world, including selections from the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Russia.

More than seventy silent comedians from Charlie Chaplin to Max Linder are represented in these selections, and the book celebrates such established classics as The General and Safety Last—as well as relatively obscure one-reelers. Including information about DVD availability, 100 Essential Silent Film Comedies is an invaluable resource that provides both scholars and general film fans a list of entertaining films to explore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442278240
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Roots is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf. A book reviewer for more than twenty years, he has written frequently on silent film, especially comedy. He is the author of The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Some Notes about the Entries 5

All Night (1918) 7

All Night Long (1924) 9

The Battle of the Century (1927) 13

The Better 'Ole (1926) 14

A Busy Night (1916) 17

Call of the Cuckoo (1927) 19

Chasing Choo-Choos (1927) 20

Chicago (1928) 22

Chicken Feathers (1927) 25

The Circus (1928) 27

A Clever Dummy (1917) 30

Conductor 1492 (1924) 32

The Cook (1918) 35

Cops (1922) 37

The Cowboy Sheik (1924) 39

The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926) 42

A Dog's Life (1918) 45

Don Juan (1926) 48

Explosion of a Motor Car (1900) 51

The Extra Girl (1923) 53

The Fall Guy (1921) 57

Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) 60

Fireman, Save My Gall (1919) 61

Flaming Fathers (1927) 63

Fox-Trot Finesse (1915) 64

The General (1927) 67

The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926) 70

Happiness (1934) 75

Hearts and Diamonds (1914) 77

Hearts and Flowers (1919) 79

His Picture in the Papers (1916) 81

Honeymooniacs (1929) 83

The Immigrant (1917) 87

Innocent Husbands (1925) 89

Irene (1926) 91

It (1927) 94

The Italian Straw Hat (1927) 97

It's a Gift (1923) 100

It's the Old Army Game (1926) 102

I Was Born, But … (1932) 106

Jerry's Mother-in-law (1913) 109

Kid Boots (1926) 113

The Kid Brother (1927) 116

Liberty (1929) 119

Lizzies of the Field (1924) 121

Long Hose (1928) 123

Love, Speed and Thrills (1915) 125

Madame Behave! (1925) 129

The Mad Whirl (1925) 132

The Mark of Zorro (1920) 135

The Marriage Circle (1924) 137

Max Gets Stuck Up (1906) 140

The Mermaid (1904) 142

Mighty Like a Moose (1926) 144

The Mishaps of Musty Suffer (1915-1917) 146

Miss Bluebeard (1925) 150

The Monkey Stony (1924) 153

Move Along (1926) 156

A Movie Star (1916) 158

Mum's the Word (1926) 160

My Best Girl (1927) 161

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916) 164

The Navigator (1924) 167

The Nervous Wreck (1926) 169

A Night in the Show (1915) 171

The Noise of Bombs (1914) 172

Now You Tell One (1926) 175

Oh! Doctor! (1925) 177

One Wet Night (1924) 179

On Location (1921) 181

A Pair of Silk Stockings (1918) 183

A Pair of Tights (1929) 186

Paths to Paradise (1925) 189

The Pawn Shop (1918) 192

The Pride of Pikeville (1927) 194

Reno or Bust (1924) 199

Robinet Boxeur (1913) 200

Rowdy Ann (1919) 202

Safety Last! (1923) 205

Saturday Afternoon (1926) 207

The Sawmill (1922) 210

Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) 214

Shoot Straight (1923) 217

Shoulder Arms (1918) 219

Show People (1928) 220

Skinner's Dress Suit (1926) 223

A Small Town Idol (1921) 226

Sold at Auction (1923) 228

A Spanish Dilemma (1912) 231

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 232

Strike (1925) 235

The Sundown Limited (1924) 237

Three of a Kind (1926) 241

Time Flies (1926) 243

Tramp Tramp Tramp (1926) 247

Two Tars (1928) 251

Uncovered Wagons (1923) 253

Why Change Your Wife? (1920) 255

A Woman of the World (1925) 257

You're Next (1919) 263

Bibliography 265

Index 269

About the Author 287

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