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…

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…