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…

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…

Day 8 of 30 Days of Harry!

While we’re on the subject of Harry’s “lost” films, I thought I’d share a still from There He Goes (1925).  Not to fear though, CineMuseum is currently working on it’s reconstruction!  Read more about the great work they’re doing here.  

Day 4 of 30 Days of Harry!

Originally published in RADIO RECALL, the journal of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club – http://www.radiorecall.com The Old-Time Radio of Harry Langdon by Michael J. Hayde Those of you who blinked twice and quizzically re-read the above title may be forgiven.  Harry Langdon?  If you’ve heard of him at all, it’s as a vaudevillian-turned-motion picture comedian…

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…

Nobody’s Baby – Part I

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part I by Chris Seguin He’s been called The Baby.  The Little Elf.  An alien.  James Agee likened him to a baby dope fiend.  Walter Kerr compared him to “a comma”.  One title card simply christened his character “the Odd…