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30 Years of Fun (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 February 1963 (USA)


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Credited cast:
Billy Bevan ... (archive footage)
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... (archive footage)
Syd Chaplin ... (archive footage)
Sydney Chaplin ... (archive footage)
Charley Chase ... (archive footage)
Andy Clyde ... (archive footage)
Carter DeHaven ... (archive footage)
Vernon Dent ... (archive footage)
Douglas Fairbanks ... (archive footage)
Greta Garbo ... (archive footage)
Harry Gribbon Harry Gribbon ... (archive footage)
Creighton Hale ... (archive footage)
Oliver Hardy ... (archive footage)
Buster Keaton ... (archive footage)


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Producer/Writer Robert Youngson's credit reads at first "Rroduced and Yritten by Pobert Woungson", before the first capital letter of each word animatedly shifts into its proper place. See more »


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...is 90 Minutes of Fun!
8 October 2002 | by unisphere-roySee all my reviews

This film documents a wide range of silent classics with clips from comedies made between 1895 and 1925. Starting out with the earliest moving images that show people having fun, this documentary went quickly through early French trick films including chases and reverse footage films which gave a good insight to the early comedies. Highlighted performers include Billy Bevan, Charles Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, Carter DeHaven, Vernon Dent, Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel and 'Snub' Pollard. The narration is quick and lively and very educational. Chase scenes are examined in depth including those on foot and those in motor vehicles. The physical humor throughout the film, and the clips from films not often highlighted elsewhere, makes this a must see for anyone looking for information about the early silent film comedies.

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