Harry Langdon in Australia

By Camille Scaysbrook In the early 20th century, Australia’s theatrical circuit was one of the largest in the world, and no player in it was more formidable than J.C. Williamson, the production company known simply as `The Firm’. Representatives regularly toured to London and New York to keep up with international trends, and identify plays…

Sharing Harry

By Ben Model I must have been ten or eleven when I saw my first Langdon picture.  It was Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, shown at a film club at my local high school.  I really liked Harry Langdon, and thought he was hilarious.  And, as with Chaplin and Keaton, I wanted to share Langdon’s comedy with…

Chaplin Competitor Discovered

An excerpt from Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory by Brent Walker On November 9, 1923, Sennett signed Langdon to a lucrative two-year contract, prior to releasing his first comedy.  However, instead of Smile Please, the first Langdon Sennett comedy released by Pathé was Picking Peaches (initially previewed on November 27, 1923, and released on February 3, 1924).…

The Langdon Thing

By Trav S.D. – Author of Chain of Fools – Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube and No Applause – Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, and renowned blogger – http://travsd.wordpress.com  This is strictly anecdotal of course, but it seems to me there are three concentric circles to the public’s relationship to silent film…

Enigma Chaser

By Wayne Powers The evolution of Langdon’s unique “elf” character has been explored, acknowledged and acclaimed internationally by some of the most respected film historians and scholars.  Langdon’s trail-blazing comedic approach had a tremendous impact on the output of his peers, (especially Stan Laurel), and launched a sea change in the direction of film comedy.…

A Soldier’s Plaything (1930)

An excerpt from LITTLE ELF: A Celebration of Harry Langdon by Chuck Harter & Michael Hayde Long unavailable to most comedy fans and scholars, Langdon’s Roach shorts — at least the six available for viewing — are a mixed bag, but the majority are quite funny, and for the most part successfully integrate the Little Elf into…