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When Comedy Was King (1960)

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

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Robert Youngson

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Robert Youngson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... edited from 'Fatty & Mabel Adrift' (archive footage) (as Fatty Arbuckle)
Wallace Beery ... edited from 'Teddy at The throttle' (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... edited from 'His Trysting Place, ' 'The Masqurader, ' and 'Kid Auto at Venice.' (archive footage) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Charley Chase ... edited from 'Movie Night' (archive footage) (as Charlie Chase)
Buster Keaton ... edited from 'Cops' (archive footage)
Edgar Kennedy ... edited from 'A Pair of Tights' (archive footage)
Keystone Kops Keystone Kops ... (archive footage) (as The Keystone Cops)
Harry Langdon ... edited from 'The First 100 Years' (archive footage)
Stan Laurel ... edited from 'Big Business' (archive footage) (as Laurel)
Oliver Hardy ... edited from 'Big Business' (archive footage) (as Hardy)
Mabel Normand ... edited from 'Fatty & Mabel Adrift' (archive footage)
The Sennett Girls The Sennett Girls ... edited from 'Yukon Jake' (archive footage)
Gloria Swanson ... Gloria Dawn - Bobby's Sweetheart (archive footage)
Ben Turpin ... edited from 'Yukon Jake' (archive footage)
Billy Bevan ... edited from 'Super Duper Dyne Lizzies, ' 'The Lion's Whiskers, ' 'Wall Street Blues, ' and' Wandering Willies' (archive footage)
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Robert Youngson's affectionate, nostalgic retrospective of the Golden Age of Silent Comedy with special attention to the three acknowledged comic geniuses of the period: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keatonm and Harry Landon. The two major comedy studios of the era, Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, especially Laurel an Hardy, are given credit as the great innovators of slapstick visual comedy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Written and produced by Robert Youngson, winner of two Academy Awards and six Academy Award nominations. (Posters). See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Als Lachen Trumpf war See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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At one point, the narrator remarks that a quarter century has passed since the death of Harry Langdon. In fact, he died in December of 1944, just over 15 years before this film was released. See more »

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Narrator: [Last lines] So ends our visit to the era of the great silent clowns who mass-produced laughter and sold happiness and who passed into oblivian just before the years when the world needed them the most.
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hilarious feature doco
3 April 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Really astonishing feature length footage of the greatest silent comedy stars and the stunt films that thrilled millions, all lovingly set in a nickelodeon and chapters for each personality and type of film. The voice over is the 'radio with pictures' type that suits and I guess seems like the Joe MacDoakes shorts or some inventor- cartoon narrator. The scenes are hilarious and exciting and reveal a rich heritage of silent movie history and the recognizable stars that made them justly famous. Each sequence is different and equally terrific. The Harry Langdon maid in the kitchen clip is fall down funny; My personal favorite is the awesome train stunt with Gloria Swanson tied to the tracks which had me screaming.


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