Film produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union -- featuring several well-known Broadway actors -- recreates Triangle Fire of 1911 and compares working conditions of the 1910's with the 1950's.
Cinematographer Charles T. Trego is going airborne in a helicopter in order to get a different perspective of filming water skiing, rather than the traditional vantage point from a boat ... See full summary »
Charles T. Trego
Charles T. Trego,
This short from Warner Brothers was made by Robert Youngson--a guy who later gained fame creating compilation films of various silent American comedies--with film clips from the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and many less famous actors. Films like "The Golden Age of Comedy" and "When Comedy Was King" are just a few of the Youngson compilations.
Here in "Spills and Chills", we also have lots of silent clips--but not comedies but mostly clips of performers. It begins with barnstormers but then gets really weird--with folks doing all sorts of really stupid stunts in front of crowds--such as smashing trains into each other, lighting themselves on fire and the like. It's all very mindless and stupid--but also rather fun at the same time. Perhaps you'll even feel a bit ashamed of yourself for enjoying what is, in many ways, like an early 20th century version of "Jackass".
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