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 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,…

Nobody’s Baby – Part III

The Curious History of Harry Langdon, Hal Roach, and Laurel & Hardy Nobody’s Baby – Part III by Chris Seguin The fine Italian hand of Harry Langdon So by March 1930, Harry was out of the Hal Roach lot… but not out of work.  He played supporting roles to Slim Summerville and Ben Lyon in…

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…

Happy Birthday, Dad!

As some of you may or may not know, I have my father to thank for introducing me to the wonderful world of slapstick. I grew up watching a lot of Laurel & Hardy with him. At a very early age I understood why they were his favorite comedians, and they quickly became mine as…

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…