boblipton from New York City
18 June 2015
An organ grinder is plying his trade, to the delight of Happy Hooligan
and the annoyance of the woman whose window he is playing under.
This is a bog standard bit of slapstick for the period, eked out a bit
by attaching Happy Hooligan to it. Happy Hooligan was the first big
comic strip from the Hearst newspapers, and the bedrock upon which they
based King Features. Biograph was making a lot of money and thought
they'd hitch their wagon to a starring character, and doubtless they
paid Hearst a pretty penny for the rights. However, even though studio
Head J. Sturart Blackton played the comic tramp and Billy Bitzer shot
it, there's nothing in here of much interest. Hooligan is a bystander
and the composition is that of the proscenium arch.
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