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Character Studies (1927)

Stage star Carter DeHaven seemingly transforms himself into a series of silent-era screen stars including Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jackie Coogan.
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Carter DeHaven announces that he will perform a series of "impressions." For each impression we see him applying makeup, then he ducks down below the makeup table and pops up, in order, as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jackie Coogan, all played by themselves. Written by Anonymous

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20 November 1927 (USA)  »

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Paul E. Gierucki of Laughsmith Entertainment with the assistance of film historians Bruce Lawton and Richard M. Roberts, produced a restored/tinted version of this film in 2004/2005 for release on DVD. The final result appears on the DVD collection, "The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle" with an original score by Philip Carli. See more »

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Amusing and Enjoyable
1 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at a screening of Buster Keaton's 'The General'. It was unannounced, but a pleasant little surprise. Featuring Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe Arbuckle, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jackie Coogan, it's a nice short film for anyone who gets a kick out of seeing celebrities of the silent era.

Audiences of today can definitely tell how Carter DeHaven's "impressions" of the aforementioned celebrities were done, but I'm not so sure on how keen audiences of the day were to "movie magic".

Overall, an amusing bit. It would have been more entertaining if Mr. DeHaven threw in an impression of an actress, but perhaps 1921 audiences weren't so comfortable with what would be transvestitism ... But, then again, Julian Eltinge made a living out of it.


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