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 ...
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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
This film makes extensive use of Chopin's "Tristesse" and Franz Von Suppe's "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna". See more »
(At 1:08)The opening credits misspell 'Charley Chase' as "Charlie Chase." See more »
[Last lines; a 1910 audience departs from a nickelodeon]
These, then, were the days of thrills and laughter. A time so long past, that the youngest members of this departing audience are today in their fifties. As for the laughmakers and thrillmakers, they too have vanished. Leaving behind no successors, but only moving shadows. So the crowds depart. The show is over. And alas, dear friends, our little show is over, too.
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"Days of Thrills and Laughter" opens with what the narrator calls "the first double-feature title" in which the opening credits are shown on the right-hand side of the screen while an excerpt from the 1922 Snub Pollard comedy "The Movies" is displayed on the left.
When the credit for the film's composer-conductor appears, the narrator calls out, "Hold it!" and both sides of the frame freeze. "OK, bring up that name," intones the narrator, as "Jack Shaindlin" expands to nearly the full width of the frame. The narrator declares, "That's enough!," the name shrinks back to its original size, and the movie starts up again, with the narrator explaining, "Sorry, folks, it's in his contract."
At the end of the credits sequence, the movie freezes once again so producer-writer Robert Youngson's name can do a cartwheel while expanding to large size. To which the narrator exclaims, "What a showoff! Take Youngson down - all the way down!" as the name shrinks and disappears. See more »
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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