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…

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…

Day 13 of 30 Days of Harry!

What a ladies man! Langdon with Ruth Hiatt in Saturday Afternoon (1926) Langdon with June Marlowe in The White Wing’s Bride (1923) The Head Guy (1930) Langdon with Una Merkel in To Heir is Human (1944) Langdon with Judith Barrett and Ethel Sykes in Marriage Humor (1933) Langdon with Dorothy Granger in His Marriage Mix-Up (1935) Langdon with Thelma Todd in The Shrimp (1930) Langdon with Marceline Day in The Hansom Cabman (1924) Langdon with Elsie Ames in What Makes Lizzy Dizzy (1942) The…

Nobody’s Baby – Part II

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part II by Chris Seguin “Well well well well well!” Hal Roach and the Talkies With Harry’s First National contract over and done with, Hal Roach was in a position to capitalize on the opportunity: He would finally have Harry…