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When Comedy Was King (1960)

A feature-length documentary devoted to the great clowns of silent comedy.

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edited from 'Fatty & Mabel Adrift' (archive footage) (as Fatty Arbuckle)
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edited from 'Teddy at The throttle' (archive footage)
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edited from 'His Trysting Place, ' 'The Masqurader, ' and 'Kid Auto at Venice.' (archive footage) (as Charlie Chaplin)
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edited from 'Movie Night' (archive footage) (as Charlie Chase)
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edited from 'Cops' (archive footage)
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edited from 'A Pair of Tights' (archive footage)
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(archive footage) (as The Keystone Cops)
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edited from 'The First 100 Years' (archive footage)
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edited from 'Big Business' (archive footage) (as Laurel)
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edited from 'Big Business' (archive footage) (as Hardy)
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edited from 'Fatty & Mabel Adrift' (archive footage)
The Sennett Girls ...
edited from 'Yukon Jake' (archive footage)
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edited from 'Teddy at the Throttle' (archive footage)
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edited from 'Yukon Jake' (archive footage)
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edited from 'Super Duper Dyne Lizzies, ' 'The Lion's Whiskers, ' 'Wall Street Blues, ' and' Wandering Willies' (archive footage)
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Robert Youngson's affectionate, nostalgic retrospective of the Golden Age of Silent Comedy with special attention to the three acknowledged comic geniuses of the period: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keatonm and Harry Landon. The two major comedy studios of the era, Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, especially Laurel an Hardy, are given credit as the great innovators of slapstick visual comedy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Written and produced by Robert Youngson, winner of two Academy Awards and six Academy Award nominations. (Posters). See more »


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29 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Footage excerpted from Movie Night (1929), Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916), Teddy at the Throttle (1917), The First 100 Years (1924), It's a Gift (1923), A Pair of Tights (1929), Cops (1922), Yukon Jake (1924), Big Business (1929) and others. See more »

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In the prologue, narrator Dwight Weist invites the viewer to enjoy "for the next 90 minutes..." The film runs only 81 minutes. See more »

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Narrator: [Last lines] So ends our visit to the era of the great silent clowns who mass-produced laughter and sold happiness and who passed into oblivian just before the years when the world needed them the most.
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Edited from Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925) See more »

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Dance of the Cuckoos
Music by Marvin Hatley
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A great introduction to some lesser-known silent classics
11 February 1999 | by (Orange County, California) – See all my reviews

This film documents a wide range of silent classics with clips from Keystone comedies made by Charlie Chaplin in 1914 through Charley Chase's Movie Night (1929), which provides the framing sequence. Highlighted performers include Fatty Arbuckle in Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916), Harry Langdon in The First 100 Years (1924), and Laurel & Hardy in Big Business (1929). Other featured performers include Gloria Swanson, Snub Pollard, Anita Garvin & Marion Byron, Buster Keaton, Ben Turpin, and Billy Bevan. The narration is a bit incessant, but educational.


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