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…

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,…

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 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.