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 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…

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 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…

Harry in the Sound Era

Make sure to check out a recent post regarding some of Harry’s talkies on Anthony Balducci’s insightful blog: Anthony Balducci’s Journal.  His observations are spot on and he even backs them up with clips from Johnny Flattire’s YouTube channel (which is also highly suggested viewing!).    

Death, Lust, Betrayal and Long Pants

Death, Lust, Betrayal and Long Pants: The Comedy Noir of Harry Langdon by Anthony Balducci The first time that I saw Long Pants (1927), I assumed that it was meant to spoof F.W. Murnau’s dark drama of seduction, Sunrise (1927).  I later learned that Sunrise was released seven months after the release of Long Pants.…