This special collection of rare short films pays homage to the great American satirist Robert Benchley and two other witty literati who shared his company at the Hotel Algonquin's legendary round table and personified the sophisticated literary scene of New York in the 1920's and 1930's.
Contents: The witness / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1941) -- The trouble with husbands / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1940) -- The man's angle / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1942)-- Mr.
The operator is made furious by Uncle Josh interrupting his show." [IMDB] 2 min. "The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards, and has recently been made the subject of a sketch in a New York Vaudeville Theatre. Astonished that the girl would choose a sissy-boy over them, the two cowpokes vow eternal friendship and swear off women for good (or, at least, for now).DVD X116; DVD 7983; DVD X1752; vhs Video/C 7046 Directed by Edwin S. Cohen's advertising scheme: This is perhaps the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant," a familiar caricature from theater and literature. The Edison Manufacturing Co., with their usual up-to-date methods, have illustrated this popular subject in a most novel and original way in Motion Pictures. Mary Pickford, Billy Quirk and Harry Salter are starred in this one-reel trifle. "No woman has ever visited the mining community of Bear Track Gulch, so it is big news when Old Pete Griffin learns that the invalid Mr. O'Brien is eager to be accepted as part of high society, and she is hosting a fox hunt as part of her plans. But after he has his teeth fixed and she has her nose done they look great.But not long afterward, a misunderstanding causes them to think that Alice is not happy living in the West." [IMDB] DVD 3552: Disc 4 14 min. All of the instalments in the 'Cohen' series feature some humour based on Jewish stereotypes, which has dated badly; fortunately, these films also have clever storylines and non-ethnic slapstick gags, so (with the possible exception of 'Cohen Collects a Debt') these films are still funny in spite of some (arguably) anti-Semitic content. F467 2002 Pacific Film Archive) Directed by Henry Lehrman. He causes a great deal of trouble and confusion, both on off the track (getting in the way of the cameraman) and on (interfering with the race). He and Mabel love each other, but dad wants to marry Mabel off to the landowner's son in exchange for tearing up the mortgage. DVD 4324 Featuring Charlie Chaplin, Carl Miller, Jack Coogan, Edna Purviance (The Kid). Hart's melodramatic films finds Buster in the frozen north. They take him to their hideout, a haunted house designed to scare off police. Chaplin as The Tramp, finds an abandoned infant in an alley and, unwittingly at first, becomes the child's foster parent. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jack Lloyd, Florence Gillet. "Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels, Carlton Griffin. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Albert Gran, Jean Hersholt. Millionaire Keaton wants to marry Betsey and sail to Honolulu, but she rejects him so he decides to go alone. Cast: Keaton, Kathryn Mc Guire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane. In order to build up attendance, and win Hope's attention, Harold runs through town causing trouble, and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. In return, he agrees to help the playboy get a divorce from his wife, only to find himself falling for the girlfriend of the customer who got him in trouble in the first place. DVD 253; Video Disc 117:1 Directed by Victor Fleming. A young woman's flirtatious nature leads her to romantic adventures at a back woods outpost along the Canadian border in the 1920's. DVD X3150 Directed by Leo Mc Carey; produced by: Hal Roach Studios. The only problem: how to keep the spouse from finding out. He eventually finds her and saves her town from crooks. DVD 400; Video Disc 170; VHS 980 Directed by Harry Edwards; writer, Frank Capra. Engineer Johnnie loves Annabelle Lee and his train, "The General".All of the other 'Cohen' shorts are set in the contemporary present; 'Cohen Saves the Flag' backdates Izzy Cohen to 1861 in order to put him in a Civil War setting." [from Internet Movie Database]12 min. Cast: Chester Barnett, Margarita Fischer, Grace Darling, Phillips Smalley. He succeeds in irritating both the participants and the public 11 min. When Mabel and Fatty find out dad's plan, they elope, pursued by dad, the hopeful suitor, and the local constables." [IMDB] 21 min. "Girl Heroes." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Tom Wilson, Sidney Chaplin, Albert Austin (A Dog's life). Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Bonnie Hill, Freeman Wood, Edward F. A wanted poster is used as his "partner" in robbing a gambling house. Buster is mistaken for the outlaw Dead Shot Dan, and pursued through the city by the police chief, using disguises and quick-thinking to elude the lawman. In the bittersweet end, the child's mother takes him home with her. Special features: Corrected film speeds to restore intended style and pace; "Home movies" shot to show construction of the Chaplin Studios, the making of a silent movie and visitors to the studio. In their first screen appearance together, Stan plays a penniless dog lover and Oilver plays a crook who tries to rob him. "Mary is looking after a young child whose parents have little time for her. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend, Charles Stevenson. Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts, Ralph Bushman, Natalie Talmadge, Buster Keaton, Jr. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Adolphe Menjou, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Betty Morrissey. Feeling confident after having his collection of romantic stories published, a tailor's shy apprentice furiously pursues a rich girl and rescues her from marriage to the wrong man. An impoverished British lord (Paul Menford) impersonates a doctor in order to woo an ailing American heiress (Dorothy Adams). Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Josephine Crowell, Charles Stevenson, Mickey Mc Ban. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. Cast: Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Creighton Hale, Adolphe Menjou. Cast: Keaton, Kathryn Mc Guire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton, H. Both he and Betsey end up on the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by her father, which is cut adrift and wafts out to sea with the two unaware of there being anyone else on board. Buster and Ward are competing for Kathryn's affections, so Ward steals her father's watch and frames Buster. Cast: James Finlayson, William Gillespie, Eddie Barry. "Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. Financial broker Buster is nearly bankrupt when an attorney informs him that his grandfather has left him seven million dollars. To 'make a man' of Keaton, his father sends him on a hunting trip, where he falls in love with a mountain girl. He eventually wins the girl and they marry, but not without some interference from his high-brow friends." [IMDB] 58 min. Cast: Harry Langdon, Joan Crawford, Edwards Davis, Carlton Griffin Low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him to improve himself so he can marry her. After many adventures he wins, pays off his father Amos's mortgage and marries Betty. But when the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer, Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward.Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. After causing havoc on the sales floor Charlie goes to the office floor. But when Amarilly is presented at a posh social gathering, the disastrous results fuel the battle of high and low society. DVD 8452; vhs 996 Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. He is greeted by blood spattered, cleaver-wielding Buster and a barely clad female patient. DVD 674; 92 Featuring Charlie Chaplin, Carl Miller, Jack Coogan, Edna Purviance (The Kid). The 'Roman spectacle' that they watch is excruciatingly funny in its cheapness. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. He changes clothes with a guard just as prisoner Roberts attacks all the guards. The story of an innocent girl from the country who comes to a boarding school and enjoys the sophisticated life of a liberated women until she gets mixed up with some crooks and must do what's responsible. Snub doesn't think this particular senior citizen is going to make it down the street, so he gives some help by sticking him with a pin in the backside! It is the year 1950; women have taken over men's jobs and have become the aggressors in romantic situations. His sister Rose is married to shady investor Mark, who wrecks Buster's wedding plans by placing the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter on Buster. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. Based on the book of the same name by Kathleen Norris. A sheepish young man springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten by the wrong woman, a hard-boiled drug smuggler. Cast: Harry Langdon, Gladys Mc Connell, Cornelius Keefe, Henry Barrows. A middle-aged magnate makes a fool of himself when he strays from his loving wife and children into the cynical arms of a gold digger and her dishonest lover. Cast: Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey, Harry Gribbon.
The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 . There he runs into the store inspector (who looks exactly like him) who has just robbed the safe and knocked out the manager. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Constance Talmadge, Winifred Westover, Wilbur Higby. On his lunch break from the restaurant (where he first laid eyes on the lovely Edna), Charlie goes roller skating. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Kate Lester, Gladden James, Erich Von Stroheim. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 . Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin. Chaplin as The Tramp, finds an abandoned infant in an alley and, unwittingly at first, becomes the child's foster parent. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. Supplementary feature: Olive Thomas, everybody's sweetheart. SP then decides to get under way himself and readies his bike, but another messenger steals it right from under him. Lizzie Hap stuffs the ballot box, defeats her opponent, Minnie Fish, and is thereby elected Fire Chief of the all female fire department, and succeeds in winning the hand of her fair loved one, Willie Wart. Cast: Lloyd, Roy Brooks, Mildred Davis, Wallace Howe. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Cast: Mary Pickford, Albert Austin, Harold Goodwin, Rosa Dione, Darwin Karr. When she is jailed, he comes to her aid ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes. In this early six reeler a timid dreamer who longs for a wife and family believes he's achieved his heart's desire when he finds a pregnant girl in a snowstorm. Based on "The single standard" by Daniel Carson Goodman. Keaton plays a lovestruck tintype photographer who falls for a pretty girl, an employee of MGM News service. DVD 1100; VHS 910 In this anthology of silent classic comedies expect to find exploding cars, innocent bystanders smacked in the head with hammers, half-naked underware models chased by cross-dressing villains, auctioneers crawling across airplane wings to retrieve false teeth, memory-impaired lovers, somnambulists, drunken reprobates, deranged acrobats, and the Keystone Kops.The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. A satire of life at a silent movie studio, a thinly veiled satire of Mack Sennett's Keystone Company. Gloria stars as a lovesick girl who dresses up as a man in order to seduce a rival femme away from her beau. Now the young man, minister in tow, pursues his bride while her father and a horde of lawmen pursue them both. The secretary answers the ad, taking care to dress as unattractively as possible. The heroine is chained to a railroad track by the villain and is rescued by her hero Teddy, a dog... Cast: Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Betty Compson, Al St. Arbuckle arrives in Buster Keaton's wild West saloon, foils a holdup in progress and becomes involved in several gun battles. DVD 669; DVD 4993; DVD 1722; vhs 92 Directed by and Cast: Charles Chaplin. A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. Mary rescues the nag from the glue factory and brings him home with her, with hilarious results. In this comedy, a husband is lured away from his prim wife, who transforms herself into an attractive and stylish woman to win him back. A dark, slightly kinky comedy in which carousing Harry is cast as a philanderer who is hauled into court by his disgruntled wife. Featuring Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Allan Garcia, Harry Crocker. Culpepper, eager to make an impression in high society, has planned a big dinner party. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall, Edgar Kennedy, Viola Richard and Dorothy Coburn. Cast: Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Brooks Benedict, Babe Ruth. Disc 2: Golf (1922, 27 min.) -- Lizzies of the field (1924, 14 min.) -- Heavy love : the ton of fun (1926, 20 min.) -- Uppercuts / producer, Al Christie (1926, 11 min.) -- Beauty and the bump (1927, 16 min.) -- Reckless Rosie (1929, 11 min.)."Charlie is in boot camp in the "awkward squad." Once in France he gets no letters from home. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Elliott Dexter, Lew Cody, Julia Faye, Sylvia Ashton. De Mille's Sex Comedies." In: The silent cinema reader / edited by Lee Grieveson and Peter Krämer. Based on the Charles Frohman stage production "'op o' me thumb" by Frederick Fenn and Richard Pryce. As punishment, the judge orders Langdon to assume his wife's household duties, leading to the film's funniest moments. Chaplin won the Academy Award for writing, acting, directing and producing this film set in a small traveling circus. Her husband is less than enthusiastic, but her worst problem is that the two waiters whom she has hired turn out to be clumsy and inexperienced bumblers. Cast: Norma Shearer, Lowell Sherman, John Mack Brown, Gwen Lee. Leaving the dentist's office, where Hardy's teeth have been extracted by mistake, the boys, still under the influence of laughing gas, meet up with a traffic cop and cause a huge traffic jam. "Speedy" comes to the rescue when his girlfriend's grandfather's horsecar is stolen by a gang. Featuring: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Billy Bevan, Stan Laurel, Jack Duffy, Perry Murdock, Frances Lee."Patriotic Satire: Shoulder Arms." In: American cinema of the 1910s : themes and variations / edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer. Secretly in love with Tony Anderson, the boyfriend of her irresponsible but irresistible sister Grace, Patsy yearns to be a 'personality girl.' Rather than cultivate her looks, she decides to become the 'intellectual' of her family, which outrages her mother who believes that beauty and brains don't mix. Cast: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderon, Paul Ralli. Classic Marx Brothers comedy with Groucho as a hotel owner, Chico and Harpo as con men and the inestimable Margaret Dumont as a wealthy matron. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck in Oliver's coat, Oliver chopping down a tree which just happens to contain the guard lookout post. Mayme and sister Janie are salesgirls in Ginsberg's Department Store. DVD X428 Disc 1: Luke joins the Navy (1916) () -- By the sad sea waves (1917) () -- Bliss (1917) () -- Hey there (1918) () -- Don't shove (1919) () -- Dodge your debts (1921) () -- Looking for trouble (1919) () -- Whirl o'the west (1921) () -- The dippy dentist (1920) () -- Shiver and shake (1922) () -- Post no bills (1923) () -- A fresh start (1920) () -- Kid speed (1924) () -- Jonah Jones (1924) () -- Breezing along (1927) ().Meanwhile, the fickle Grace begins cheating on Tony with a millionaire named Bill. Peggy Pepper from Georgia goes to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a dramatic actress, but can only find work in the pie-throwing comedies of Billy Boone. Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom Mc Guire, Ernest Torrence. When the Governor's party happens by, Oliver accidentally pokes a hole in his car's radiator, then attempts to stop the leak by filling the radiator with rice. Mayme is in love with store clerk Bill, but Janie tries to steal him from her. Cast: Laura La Plante, Neil Hamilton, Norman Trevor, Robert Ellis, Jocelyn Lee, Clarissa Selwynne, Rita La Roy. Disc 2: Luke joins the Navy (1916) () -- By the sad sea waves (1917) () -- Bliss (1917) () -- Hey there (1918) () -- Don't shove (1919) () -- Dodge your debts (1921) () -- Looking for trouble (1919) () -- Whirl o'the west (1921) () -- The dippy dentist (1920) () -- Shiver and shake (1922) () -- Post no bills (1923) () -- A fresh start (1920) () -- Kid speed (1924) () -- Jonah Jones (1924) () -- Breezing along (1927) ().Features many stars of the era and emphasizes the range of talents that made up this uniquely American art form including comics, jugglers, animal acts, acrobats and skaters. Before they pump the pail full of water they indulge in a love-making scene. Herself relieves her mind through woman's sole weapon. DVD X2060; also on DVD 3552 [disc 3]; vhs 940 Directed by D. It isn't long before the two old pals of the saddle are bitter enemies.