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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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1961 (France)  »

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Risas y sensaciones de antaño  »

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In the opening sequence, a filmed fight between the hero and the villain is supposedly projected in slow motion. Yet, the villain's coat moves in real time. See more »


Narrator: [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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A "Silent-Comedy" Documentary Of Chills And Thrills
27 July 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Released in 1961 - If you enjoy watching fantastically wild stunts and hilariously crazy slapstick comedy turned up to full-throttle, then this thrill-packed documentary is definitely guaranteed to get you roaring with peals of laughter.

Selected from hundreds of hours of vintage film clips, producer Robert Youngson brings to the viewer the funniest scenes ever captured on film from the likes of Charley Chase, Stan Laurel, Mack Sennett, "Snub" Pollard, Oliver Hardy, The Keystone Kops, Boris Karloff and Kewpie Morgan.

This delightful anthology is a treasure-filled look at yesterday, reminding all of the invention and artistry of uninhibited movie-making that took place during the silent era.

Presented in b&w, Days Of Thrills & Laughter (which is jam-packed with uproarious sight-gags, fast-paced car chases and elaborately staged pranks) has a running time of 93 minutes.

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