An appreciative, uncritical look at silent film comedies and thrillers from early in the century through the 1920s. It starts with a 1905 look at French comedy, goes through the 1910s with ... See full summary »
An appreciative, uncritical look at silent film comedies and thrillers from early in the century through the 1920s. It starts with a 1905 look at French comedy, goes through the 1910s with Sennett, Chaplin, and Fairbanks, and into the 1920s with Max Roach, Snub Pollard, Harry Langdon, Al St. John, Charlie Chase, and the teaming of Laurel and Hardy. Thrillers feature Houdini and serials, with special attention to Pearl White, Ruth Roland, and Monty Banks. The film often lets the silent pictures speak for themselves, running entire one-reelers or significant chunks of an old movie. Written by
Robert Youngson's Days of Thrills and Laughter from 1961 includes some great clips from silent comedy and adventure movies.Watch the adventures of Douglas Fairbanks and the famous magician Harry Houdini with the horror star Boris Karloff.For comedy lovers there are clips with Charles Chaplin and Harry Langdon.You can see Laurel without Hardy and Hardy without Laurel from the time they weren't the comedy couple everybody loved.There are lots of other great comedians of silent time in the movie.All the clips are very enjoyable to watch.They were very well picked for this movie.Every silent movie fan should enjoy watching these clips with the stars that no longer exist.Except in our hearts.
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