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…

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…

Nobody’s Baby – Part V

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part V by Chris Seguin Gone, but not forgotten While Harry’s performing career took a serious blow (you might even say “fatal” – there would be no big comeback hopes after this), he was back on the script-writing team for…

Day 25 of 30 Days of Harry!

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part IV by Chris Seguin Exit Laurel.  Enter Langdon. Hollywood, August 17, 1938 (U.P.) – Stan Laurel, pickle-faced little screen comic, Wednesday was given his walking papers at Hal Roach studio which immediately signed Harry Langdon to form a new…

Day 16 of 30 Days of Harry!

A chapter borrowed from Lame Brains & Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy  by Steve Massa Laurel and Harry Harry Langdon was the silent comedy comet that shot across the motion picture skies in the mid-1920s.  Although his trajectory was brief and he crashed before the end of the silent era,…