The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood

The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood



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The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood by Coy Watson, Jr. Watson

Coy Watson, Jr., made his motion picture debut in 1912 when he was nine months old. Before he could walk or talk, Watson had appeared in several of Mack Sennett’s popular “Keystone Cop” comedies, earning him the nickname “Keystone Kid.” From 1912 to 1930, Watson acted in over 60 movies, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Puttin’ on the Ritz, I’m No Angel, and State’s Attorney. Here Watson shares his beautiful memories of the early days of Hollywood and of being raised as a member of “the First Family of Hollywood.” Watson and his five brothers and three sisters were featured in over one thousand movies, and their father acted alongside the biggest stars of popular Westerns before becoming the first special effects man—and the first animal trainer—in Hollywood. Watson’s marvelous tales are illustrated with several hundred photographs featuring behind-the-scenes images of such movie stars and directors as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Jackie Coogan, Fatty Arbuckle, Lon Chaney, John Barrymore, D. W. Griffith, King Vidor, and Frank Capra.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891661211
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Pages: 311
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Coy Watson, Jr., grew up in what is now known as Hollywood and appeared in more than 60 movies. He later went on to become a noted news photographer and television producer and introduced many film stars to television on his “Hollywood Reel” series. He lives in Alpine, California.

What People are Saying About This

Carl Bennett

We highly recommend this fine memoir, with its valuable photographs, its documentation of early Hollywood, and its happy and loving recollection of family, friends and neighbors.
— Carl Bennett, Silent Film Historian,


Watson's memories of early Hollywood's mad scramble to invent an art form on the run are a delightful treat. His stories have the ring of truth, and his storytelling, the wide-eyed wonder of youth.
— Bob Mondello, National Public Radio

Johnny Grant

It's great that the story of Hollywood's "First Family" is finally in print. You'll never get a more vivid description of what went on behind the studio walls in those early days in Edendale than in this wonderful word-portrait by Coy Watson, Jr. How intriguing it must have been to be participants in this exciting new industry that actually grew up around their home. You will love The Keystone Kid.
— Johnny Grant, The Honorary Mayor of Hollywood

John Burke

I read The Keystone Kid cover to cover and Loved It! The stories were told with simplicity, detail and warmth. This is a historically important book that takes one back to the early days of Hollywood. A beautiful reminiscence that is extremely satisfying and entertaining.
— John Burke, Host, American Movie Classics

Leonard Maltin

What a wonderful slice of Hollywood history! It's high time the story of the Watson clan was put into book form.
— Leonard Maltin, Film Critic and Historian

Kevin Brownlow

A charming memoir which gives Coy Watson, Sr. a well-deserved place in film history. The photos alone are worth the price of the book.
—Kevin Brownlow, Director and Film Historian

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