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 30 of 30 Days of Harry!

I thought I’d end this month-long celebration of our beloved Harry the same way I started it, with another splendid still from Zenobia (1939).  I can’t believe it’s already over… it’s like a kick in the pants.  No worries though, there’s still plenty of wonderful posts coming in the near future regarding the “Little Elf.” Harry with Oliver…

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,…

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…

Day 1 of 30 Days of Harry!

In honor of what would have been Harry’s 130th birthday on June 15th, I’m dedicating the whole month of June to our beloved Harry. I’ll be posting something relating to him here and on his Facebook page everyday this month.  Here’s one of my favorite stills of Harry and Ollie from Zenobia (1939). Stay tuned for…

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…