This site was created as a tribute to the late, great, Harry Langdon. Not only is FEET OF MUD one of Langdon’s 1924 shorts, I also find it a fitting description of the comedian. After spending well over a score in Vaudeville, he turned the comedy world on its ear when he joined the motion pictures in 1923. While physical comedy had been around for ages, Langdon made it his own. I am quite passionate about a few things in life, mainly: photography, sustainable living, and silent film, but primarily silent comedy. I have my father to thank for introducing me to the wonderful world of slapstick; I grew up watching a lot of Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and Keystone comedies. The typical “greats” always made me laugh, but when I was first introduced to Langdon by one of Robert Youngson’s wonderful documentaries, I was instantly captivated by Harry’s style and could somehow strangely relate to him. Being in my late twenties when I finally discovered Harry’s work, I was amazed at how long he had evaded me and how his name had eventually drifted into mere obscurity with most of the population. Ever since that fateful day, I’ve been trying to consume as much of his work as possible, and to help spread the word to finally make Harry Langdon a household name.
Many thanks to all those you generously contributed to the creation of this website. Without all the photos, essays, memorabilia and knowledge that were so kindly offered, this site would not exist. A sundry group of individuals have made significant contributions toward the success of this endeavor, and for that I am eternally beholden. A very special thanks to Nicole Arciola, Frances Ancheta Becker, Floyd Bennett, Bill Cassara, Rob Farr, Richard Finegan, Chuck Harter, Cole Johnson, David Kalat, Steve Massa, Brian Nelson, Steve Rydzewski, Bill Schelly, and Ed Watz. I am deeply indebted to Michael Hayde for granting me access to all the remarkable material he and Chuck accumulated during the research for their beautifully written and illustrated LITTLE ELF book.
Best known as a photographer and avid outdoorsman, Tim Greer has spent the past 15 years photographing a wide array of subjects and places. His interest and passion for photography has taken him to 13 countries thus far.