Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, starring Mary Pickford, was released on September 22, 1917. Directed by Marshall Neilan, the script was based on the novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This version is notable for having been adapted by female screenwriter Frances Marion. The film was made by the “Mary Pickford Company” and was an acclaimed box […]
Guess what? Today is the release 99th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elderbush Gulch. Here’s an easy six step plan to fully enjoying this Biograph short! 1. Please do not offer me guff about the release date. It was made in 1913, released in Germany for some murky reason in 1913, but the […]
Originally published on October 4, 2011. From Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello to Cheech and Chong (yeah, I said it) – duos make the comedy world go ’round. And why not? You’ve got the yin and the yang, the clown and the straight man, the graceful and the inept – and you’ve got […]
The Show is comedy short, released on March 19, 1922, starring Larry Semon and Oliver Hardy. The Show might not be the most inventive comedy ever made, but with a harried theater propman who has to contend with a wind machine on the fritz, nitroglycerin spitting roosters, and a criminal gang out to steal the payroll, you know it’s […]
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp might not be as much fun as it sounds, since these are depression-era riding the rails tramps and not -er- the other kind. However, it does star silent clown Harry Langdon and it’s pretty damn funny. Plus, you can watch Tramp, Tramp, Tramp right now.
Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances was released on March 11, 1925. In it, Buster plays Jimmy Shannon, a partner in a financial brokerage firm that is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. He’s presented with his grandfather’s will which leaves him seven million dollars but – there’s a but – only on the condition that he marry […]
They Made Me a Killer is a 1946 B-movie directed by William C. Thomas and starring Robert Lowery and Barbara Britton. The film was made by Pine-Thomas, the B-movie unit of Paramount Pictures. They Made Me a Killer is the story Tom Durling (Lowery), a man falsely accused of a bank robbery and murder. In order to clear his name, and that […]
The Proud Rebel is a 1958 western directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Alan Ladd and Oliva de Havilland. In the Proud Rebel, Alan Ladd plays John Chandler, a Confederate veteran desparate to find a doctor who can help his son speak again. When he drifts into a small town, he finds himself unfairly accused […]
Released on March 9, 1914, the Keystone comedy Tango Tangles features Charlie Chaplin, sans mustache, and Fatty Arbuckle. Charlie and Fatty have an eye on the same gal in a dance hall. Hilarity ensues. Here’s a not-so-great copy of Tango Tangles that you can watch right now!
Betty Boop is an international star of big and small screens. A perennial favorite, here are a few of Betty’s toons that you can watch right now! Betty Boop in Dizzy Dishes (1930) Before she was the star of her own series, Betty appeared in the Talkartoons series. She was also, um, a poodle. […]