When Comedy Was King

When Comedy Was King


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When Comedy Was King

Robert Youngson's second feature-length compilation of silent comedy highlights (the first was The Golden Age of Comedy), When Comedy Was King covers the years 1914 to 1929. Using snipettes from the 1929 Charley Chase 2-reeler Movie Night as a framing device, Youngson offers vintage clips from the silent era's greatest clowns. The film's first section is devoted to Charlie Chaplin's formative Keystone comedies, notably Kid Auto Races at Venice and His Trysting Place (the humor in this sequence is slightly dampened by the narrator's sanctimonious comments concerning Chaplin's political views). We are next regaled with Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand in the riotous Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1915), followed by top-hatted Wallace Beery chaining 17-year-old Gloria Swanson to the railroad tracks in Teddy at the Throttle (1916). From Sennett, we move to the studios of Hal Roach, where wacky inventor Snub Pollard holds court in It's a Gift (1923) and Edgar Kennedy, Stu Erwin, Anita Garvin and Marion Byron try and fail to purchase four ice cream cones in A Pair of Tights (1928). Baby-faced Harry Langdon is next on the docket, dealing with aggressive kitchen help, unwelcome old pals and a mysterious spy in The First Hundred Years (1925). Next up, Buster Keaton inadvertently lays waste to a police parade in the brilliant 2-reeler Cops (1922). Brief snippets of such mid-1920s Mack Sennett stars as Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde and Ben Turpin follow Langdon and Keaton. The closing sequence of When Comedy Was King consists of the 1929 Laurel and Hardy tit-for-tat classic Big Business, virtually in its entirety.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2017
UPC: 0688474350533
Original Release: 1959
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 19,238

Special Features

Commentary by Historian Richard M. Roberts; Three rare silent comedies from the Richard M. Roberts collection, with music by Donald Sosin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Beery Actor
Charles Chaplin Actor
Oliver Hardy Actor
Harry Langdon Actor
Mabel Normand Actor
Ben Turpin Actor
Buster Keaton Actor
Stan Laurel Actor
Gloria Swanson Actor
Bobby Vernon Actor
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle Actor
Charley Chase Actor
Edgar Kennedy Actor
Keystone Kops Actor
Sennett Bathing Beauties Actor
Billy Bevan Actor
Andy Clyde Actor
Chester Conklin Actor
Vernon Dent Actor
Dwight Weist Narrator

Technical Credits
Robert Youngson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ted Royal Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- When Comedy Was King
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [16:42]
2. Chapter 2 [14:18]
3. Chapter 3 [20:01]
4. Chapter 4 [:02]
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [4:43]
2. Chapter 2 [5:16]
3. Chapter 3 [1:39]
4. Chapter 4 [7:06]
5. Chapter 5 [5:34]
6. Chapter 6 [10:39]
7. Chapter 7 [6:42]
8. Chapter 8 [9:53]
9. Chapter 9 [9:21]
10. Chapter 10 [2:51]
11. Chapter 11 [1:26]
12. Chapter 12 [1:25]
13. Chapter 13 [1:44]
14. Chapter 14 [2:35]
15. Chapter 15 [10:25]
16. Chapter 16 [:02]

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