Posts tagged with "stan laurel"

Review: Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925)

Posted by Brandy Dean March 5, 2013 4 Comments 7329 views

While poking around archive.org yesterday, I came across Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde, a silent spoof of the perennial Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I’ve long been a fan of Laurel & Hardy movies. While aware that the duo first appeared in silent comedies, I’ve yet to have the privilege of seeing a silent Laurel […]

Watch: Raggedy Rose (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 7, 2012 0 Comment 1066 views

Raggedy Rose is a cute little silent comedy from 1926 starring Mabel Normand. Rose works for a cheap-skate junk dealer and dreams of romance with a wealthy bachelor. I say: who doesn’t, sister? There’s not a lot that’s truly special about Raggedy Rose. Except that Mabel is always charming. And except that it was co-written […]

Watch: Just Rambling Along (1918)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 3, 2012 0 Comment 876 views

The earliest surviving Stan Laurel movie and the first film he made with Hal Roach, the silent Just Rambling Along, was released on November 3, 1918. The story is what you might expect – a nice boy gets into scrapes until he meets a pretty gal – who gets him into the biggest scrape at […]

Film Friday Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean October 5, 2012 0 Comment 627 views

Breaking news: I’ve just been informed it’s Friday. Seriously, this almost slipped past me. Granted I’ve been caught up in trying to find footage of the debate that Mitt Romney “won,” because surely everyone else is talking about a different debate than the one I saw. Whatever else it is, this week’s media spin on […]

Review: Laurel and Hardy Rarities

Posted by Brandy Dean August 29, 2012 2 Comments 4305 views

I’m not a card carrying member of the Sons of the Desert or anything, but I do harbour an abiding fondness for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. My fondness goes beyond admiring their work and enjoying their movies. Sure, Laurel and Hardy are always funny, always clever, always enjoyable – but there’s something else, something […]

TSFF Preview: 1000 Laffs – Playmates

Posted by Brandy Dean March 22, 2012 6 Comments 2426 views

You do not have a silent film fest until you bring in the clowns and Toronto Silent Film Festival will be delivering the goods on April 1 with 1000 Laffs – Playmates, a program of silent shorts. Silent comedy is, of course, dominated by the holy auteur trinity of Buster Keaton – Charline Chaplin – […]

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean February 17, 2012 2 Comments 627 views

So, first thing this morning, my computer informs me it has VERY IMPORTANT updates to install and would like to install them NOW. I said, no, no… I have a Friday Film Roundup post to write and politely asked it to just hold its horses. Then, when the post was near completed, poof! The computer […]

Happy Birthday Oliver Hardy

Posted by Brandy Dean January 18, 2012 1 Comment 1839 views

  Today is Oliver Hardy’s 120th birthday. Ollie was good for lots of laughs so I suggest you celebrate by watching a Laurel & Hardy flick or two (or three). I highly recommend The Music Box, Swiss Miss, and Flying Deuces. But if you’re stuck in the office ’til 5pm, put on your headphones and […]

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