Down 18,557 this week

The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Documentary  |  4 September 1959 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 251 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 2 critic

A compilation of scenes featuring some of the best-known comics from the silent era in their best films.


0Check in

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 8387 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
a list of 317 titles
created 09 Nov 2011
a list of 848 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
a list of 10000 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
a list of 48 titles
created 11 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)

The Golden Age of Comedy (1957) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Golden Age of Comedy.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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

Director: Robert Youngson
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Oliver Hardy
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Youngson
Stars: Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, The Marx Brothers
The Cossacks (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A peace-loving Cossack chooses to prove himself in battle when his village and childhood sweetheart label him a coward.

Directors: George W. Hill, Clarence Brown
Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Ernest Torrence
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lighthouse keeper finds a little girl who is washed ashore tied to some wreckage. He adopts her and they become inseparable. Eventually her real family finds her and tries to take her away.

Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Baby Peggy, Irene Rich
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Suzy (1936)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

American showgirl Suzy is in London in 1914. She loves Irish inventor Terry who works for an engineering firm owned by a German woman. After their marriage Terry is murdered and Suzy flees ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant
Svengali (1931)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is ... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Robert Donat, Jean Parker, Eugene Pallette
The Temptress (1926)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An architect tries suppressing his passion for a seductive woman.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Marc McDermott
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The beach front house, where Fatty and Mabel live, has been "launched" out to sea by the villains. When Fatty and Mabel arise, they find the beds floating in a sea of water.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Al St. John
The Caddy (1953)
Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Although gifted golfer Harvey Miller is too nervous to golf in public tournaments, he acts as coach and caddy for friend Joe Anthony.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Performer Ken Murray first arrived in Hollywood in 1927 a relative unknown from his then hometown of Kingston, New York. Instead of sending postcards of Hollywood back to his family, he ... See full summary »

Director: William Martin
Stars: Ken Murray, Armin Hoffman, Ben Alexander


Credited cast:
Stan (archive footage) (as Laurel)
Ward Wilson ...
Himself / Narrator (voice)
Ollie (archive footage) (as Hardy)
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
Rodney St. Clair (archive footage)
(archive footage)
(archive footage) (as Charlie Chase)
(archive footage)
Andy (archive footage)
Harry Gribbon ...
(archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Dearing ...
Policeman at car fight (archive footage)
Madalynne Field ...
Fat Girl Track Competitor (archive footage)
Thelma Hill ...
Brunette Girlfriend (archive footage)


A compilation of scenes featuring some of the best-known comics from the silent era in their best films.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Motion Picture That Brings Lughter Back To The Screen! (original print ad) See more »


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

4 September 1959 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The First Kings of Comedy  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

See  »

Did You Know?


Edited from Run, Girl, Run (1928) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

what's there is really good,...what ISN'T there is amazing!
26 April 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was a lot of fun to watch--with some wonderful clips of Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chase and others. What a lot of fun stuff! However, there is a BIG, BIG problem with the film. Nowhere in it do you see clips of Chaplin, Keaton or Lloyd--the three biggest film comedians of the 1920s. This is akin to a documentary about the 1960s without mentioning Vietnam or The Beatles! It's obvious that Robert Youngson just didn't have access to these other clips or he simply slapped them together without considering this. In his next film, WHEN COMEDY WAS KING, you DO get to see clips of Chaplin and Keaton--but, unbelievably, there is no Harold Lloyd! Well, if you JUST watch the film for its entertainment value, it's great. If you watch it for a historical overview, it is sadly incomplete and gives a false impression of the era.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
iso: name of the movie theme music farberw-1
Discuss The Golden Age of Comedy (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: