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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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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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The clowns of silent era

Robert Youngson's movie When Comedy Was King from 1960 shows us some great clips from the silent era.It is narrated by Dwight Weist.You can laugh with Charles Chaplin, Charley Chase, Harry Langdon, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Ben Turpin, Billy Bevan, Snub Pollard, Buster Keaton and lots of others.Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy cause trouble to Jimmy Finlayson in Big Business (1929).In Hal Roach comedy A Pair of Tights (1929) Marion Byron is sent to get some ice cream while Edgar Kennedy and the gang waits in the car. Getting ice cream hasn't ever been as hard as it is to Marion Byron in this funny clip. When Comedy Was King offers you lots of laughter with these clowns of silent comedy.These clowns have been long gone and there will never be comedians like them again.


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