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A Shortie Checklist: RKO... and Pathé... and FBO

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Doing things a little differently this time. My previous Shorties Checklists were done alphabetically. These covered:

 

Paramount http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/78341-a-shortie-checklist-paramount/

MGM http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/81165-a-shortie-checklist-mgm/

...and Warner Brothers http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/81033-a-shortie-checklist-warner-bros/

 

This one will be arranged by SERIES. Might save some space and reading here. If you struggle finding a title, you could try a “find” search with the “Ctrl” and “F” keys together... maybe? Huh? Maybe? Depends on your keyboard.

Also I am combining three film companies for the price of one. In (), I have listed how the company was showcased on the title cards.

 

RKO Radio, a studio that needs no introduction to a classic movie fan

Film Booking Offices of America or FBO, a short-lived outflt that was absorbed by RKO in 1929

Pathé Exchange, which merged with RKO in 1931. Series initially started by these rival distributors continued uninterrupted as RKO-Pathé productions. Although RKO sold the Pathé newsreel to Warner Brothers in 1947, RKO-Pathé short-subjects continued on through the fifties.

 

Pathé Frères, perhaps the biggest name in French (and world) cinema in the silent era (and still a distributor mostly in Europe today, although it co-owned MGM in the 1990s for a while), dabbled a bit as a distributor for US-made series like Richard L. Ditmars' animal reels and then launch an American production company at Fort Lee, New Jersey to film Perils of Pauline (1914). This was a very popular multi-chapter movie serial, a genre that... ooooh.... sorry, I am not covering here.

Soon, reorganized as the Pathé Exchange, the company was distributing Hal Roach's comedies made in California with Harold Lloyd as the star and, later, would be Mack Sennett's top distributor in the 1920s... in addition to blockbuster features like Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North and Cecil B. De Mille's The King of Kings. Joseph P. Kennedy, daddy to a future president, invested in this company in 1927 along with the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theaters. Gradually they merged with a new power-studio called RKO Radio Pictures, started in 1928. RKO-Pathé officially completed their merge in the spring of 1931, with the former company focusing on entertainment shorts and the latter on documentaries, sports-reels and travelogues.

When most movie historians actually bother to “think about” RKO shorties, it is usually the Clark & McCullough, Edgar Kennedy and Leon Errol Comedies that enjoyed considerable TV exposure in the 1950s and '60s, along with the “March of Time” and Walt Disney films distributed by them. Of course, there was so much more to their shorties program, but many of their films have been forgotten in more recent decades because many of the Pathé co-productions, in particular, have been scattered all over the place in various vaults, sometimes with copyright issues and other legal “red tape”. McGraw-Hill distributed much of the “This Is America” series and assorted “Sportscopes” to schools on 16mm for a period, but color was always favored in classroom instruction by the 1960s and these became harder to view in later years. One other factor that may have kept many of RKO's non-Disney films out of circulation is that very few were, in fact, made in color in comparison to rival studios (particularly Warner Bros. and MGM which made many more shorts than features in the process during the thirties and forties), despite earning an Oscar for the pioneering La Cucaracha (see RKO Specials below). Today TCM mostly airs the 1955-57 post-General Tire & Rubber Company shorts that are part of their library.

A vast variety of shorties are covered here, but I only list the LIVE-ACTION material (as in the other Checklists posted on this forum). Yet these companies backed animated cartoons of importance as well.

Before being absorbed by RKO, FBO handled distribution of the “Dinky Doodles” series produced by John R. Bray and directed by Walter Lantz of future Woody Woodpecker fame, along side some “Krazy Kat” made by William Nolan. These were done mostly in the middle '20s, about the same time the company also aided a young Walt Disney and his distributor Margaret Winkler with some “Alice in Wonderland” part-animated/part live-action comedies.

A bit earlier, in early 1921, Paul Terry launched his “Aesop's Fables” for Pathé, starring Farmer Al Falfa and an assortment of mice, cats, dogs, fowl, etc.. Co-producer on these was Amadee J. Van Beuren, who handled many documentaries and occasional live-action comedies for Pathé as well and would take full control of the animated cartoons by the time Paul Terry decided to leave and form his Terrytoons for Educational Pictures (later distributing for 20th Century Fox). These incorporated sound by 1928 with the title Dinner Time, released just before Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie... and Disney apparently wasn't impressed at a screening and made sure his Mickey Mouse scored a much bigger impact.

Before merging with Pathé, RKO set up its own animation studio in 1930, featuring a character named Toby the Pup and animators Sid Marcus, Art Davis and Dick Huemer. Charles Mintz, who also handled Columbia's Krazy Kat (post-FBO), served as producer. However poor Toby suffered early retirement when RKO decided to make Van Beuren its official animation studio. Van Beuran continued on in the thirties with a human (pre-cat & mouse) version of Tom & Jerry, Amos & Andy in cartoon form, Little King, Cubby Bear, and Felix the Cat (revived in glorious color) as part of a “Rainbow Parade” series. Then... like Toby the Pup... all of Van Buren's cartoon characters suffered their own untimely fate in 1936 when RKO announced it had signed on the animation king himself, Walt Disney. Curiously, RKO had no cartoons to release during the fall 1936 through summer '37 season on account of Disney being required to complete his contract with United Artists first and RKO's previous factory having shut down a bit early. Yet RKO made up for lost time when it gained Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, the Silly Symphonies and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney distributed most of his product through RKO until the 1955-56 season, even after he established his own Buena Vista company for 1953's The Living Desert. Included in these lists are his True-Life Adventures and People & Places series done in live-action.

On occasion, RKO-Pathé would distribute an independently produced cartoon. The one notable stand-out was a stop-motion 3-D color film initially shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940 in which an automobile literally “puts itself together”. This was reissued at the height of the 3-D craze (1953) as Motor Rhythm, interchanging with Walt Disney's Adventures In Music: Melody as a supplement to RKO's feature 3-D programs. Pathé by itself was a distributor of 3-D films back in 1925 (see Stereoscopiks).

Key references used are the same as with the other lists: BoxOffice, Film Daily and Motion Picture Herald Magazine back issues (latter two found on the Internet Archive), the IMDb.com site, Motion Pictures 1912-1939 (1951), Motion Pictures 1940-1949 (1953) and Motion Pictures 1950-1959 (1960). Then there’s Leonard Maltin’s The Great Movie Shorts (a.k.a. Selected Short Subjects, Crown, 1972) which has a particular focus on RKO's Edgar Kennedy and Leon Errol. Now... with the Mack Sennett and Hal Roach comedies, I am keeping credits and plots VERY simple. Seek out the following for more detailed work: Mack Sennett's Fun Factory (2 Volume Set) by Brent E. Walker and http://www.theluckycorner.com/

This is FAR from a complete “information guide”, but hopefully it will perk some interest among my fellow movie geeks to “dig for more”. I particularly dedicate this series of posts to the long-running Pathé Review, which provided the movie screens of 1919-1930 with the best alternative to the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the Learning Channel, the Nat Geo Channel and every other cable “educational” network of today...

and trying to gather enough (but still incomplete) information on THAT series was a labor of love. Believe me.

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Academy Of Motion Picture Arts (RKO)

B&W

 

These shorts were distributed by each of the major studios between 1948 and 1951. RKO handled three, all apparently shown on TCM.

 

  • Twenty Years Of Academy Awards (narrator: Carey Wilson) / 19+m / Apr 1, 1948

  • Let's Go To The Movies (Tholen Gladden) / 9+m / © December 31, 1948 Archive of early movies, highlighted by scenes of Teddy Roosevelt.

  • The Costume Designer (Tholen Gladden) / 9+m- / July 13, 1950

 

 

Adventure Scenics (Robertson-Cole Pictures, later distributed by FBO)

Directed by Jesse G. Sill & H.H. Brownwell; writer: John Rantz

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

Pacific northwest and Rocky Mountain docu-shorts. 30 were initially planned and possibly completed (if not all released)

 

  • The Forbidden River / December 14, 1919 Featuring Captain Guleke riding the rapids on Salmon River, Idaho

  • I And The Mountain / December 1919

  • Just Over Yonder / December 1919

  • The Tempest / January 1920

  • Flaming Ice / January 1920 Scenics of Idaho glaciers

  • Sheep O' Leavenworth / January 1920 Sheep herding in northern Oregon

  • The Last Resort / January 1920

  • Sons Of Salooskin / February 1920 Native Americans

  • Ghosts Of Romance / February 1920

  • Outlaw Of The Wilderness / April 18, 1920 (Film Daily review) Story about gray wolves

  • The Lone Trapper / May 9, 1920 (Film Daily review)

  • Waters Of Destiny / May 1920

  • Tree Magic / May 1920

 

 

The Adventures Of Bill & Bob (Pathé)

Directed by Robert North Bradbury

B&W / silent and 1 reel (under 10 minutes)

 

These were “nature trail” reels, semi-documentaries

 

  • Beyond The Trail / January 28, 1921

  • Death Trap (co-directed: Frank Howard Clark) / June 3, 1921

  • Fox / July 2, 1921

  • American Badger / July 19, 1921

  • Cougar / July 19, 1921

  • Civet Cat / September 7, 1921

  • Day In The Wilds / November 2, 1921

  • The Canadian Lynx / January 8, 1922

  • Dangerous Trails / February 5, 1922

  • Mysterious Tacks / March 5, 1922

  • The Opossum / April 2, 1922

 

 

Al Cooke Comedies (Standard Cinema/FBO)

Produced by Larry Darmour

Directed by Al Herman

B&W / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes)

 

  • Social Error / January 23, 1928

  • Too Many Hisses / March 5, 1928

     

 

Alf Goulding Comedy (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach.

Directed by Fred Jefferson

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • Love's Young Scream / January 19, 1919 (filmed March '18)

 

 

Alice Day Comedies (Mack Sennett Comedies/Pathé)

Directors listed in () after the title

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

Originally a Sennett Bathing Beauty, this blonde cutie made numerous feature film appearances in addition to her shorts through the early thirties, appearing with John Wayne in one. Retired a bit too early from the screen but lived until 1995.

 

  • Tee For Two (Edward F. Cline) / August 2, 1925

  • Cold Turkey (Edward F. Cline) / August 30, 1925

  • Love And Kisses (Edward F. Kline) / September 27, 1925 Also features Raymond McKee, among others

  • A Sweet Pickle (Arthur Rosson) / October 25, 1925

  • The Soapsuds Lady (Arthur Rosson) / November 18, 1925

  • Hotsy Totsy (Edward F. Cline) / December 20, 1925

  • Hot Cakes For Two (Alfred J. Goulding) / January 17, 1926 (filmed '25)

  • Gooseland (Edward F. Cline) / February 14, 1926 Also co-starring Eugenia Gilbert,

  • A Love Sundae (Edward F. Cline) / April 11, 1926

  • The Ghost Of Folly (Edward F. Cline) / May 9, 1926

  • Spanking Breezes (Edward F. Cline) / March 17, 1926

  • Alice Be Good (Edward F. Cline) / August 1, 1926 Also includes Ruth Taylor & Eddie Quillan

  • Her Actor Friend (Edward F. Cline) / August 29, 1926

  • The Perils Of Petersboro (Larry Semon) / September 26, 1926

  • Should Husbands Marry? (Edward F. Cline) / October 24, 1926 Also Eddie Quillan

  • Hesitating Horses (Edward F. Cline) / November 21, 1926

  • Kitty From Killarney (Edward F. Cline) / December 19, 1926 plot: Irish immigrant girl evades quota officials with a second-hand clothes dealer.

  • Pass The Dumplings (Larry Semon) / January 16, 1927 (filmed '26) Alice gets into trouble at a boarding house

  • The Plumber's Daughter (Larry Semon) / February 13, 1927

 

 

Arthur Stone Comedies (Hal Roach/Pathé)

Directors listed in () after the title

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

Mostly known as a “rustic” supporting actor in features (like Spencer Tracy's Fury), Hal Roach did try him out as a comedy star.

 

  • Should Landlords Live? (Nicholas T. Barrows) / September 28, 1924 (filmed June-July) with Marie Mosquini, Martha Sleeper, Olive Borden & others

  • The Sky Plumber (James D. Davis) / October 26, 1924 (filmed May & July)

  • Are Blonde Men Bashful? (Nicholas T. Barrows ) / November 11, 1924 with Jack Cooper, Katherine Grant, James Finlayson & others

  • Just A Good Guy (Hampton Del Ruth) / December 21, 1924 (filmed May & July) with Katherine Grant, Kewpie Morgan, Olive Borden, Fay Wray, Noah Young & others. One of the rare titles (preserved at UCLA) Yes, that is Fay Wray included of KING KONG fame. Going by the TCM description: "A pawn shop employee must substitute for a robot."

  • Change The Needle (Hal Roach) / February 15, 1925 (filmed October '24) with James Finlayson & Bill Brokow

  • Sherlock Sleuth (Ralph Cedar) / July 12, 1925 (filmed November-December '24) with Noah Young, Martha Sleeper, Jack Gavin & others

 

 

Barney Google (Standard Cinema/FBO)

Produced by Larry Darmour

Directors listed in () after the title

Starring Barney Hellum with Philip Davis (as Spark Plug) and Lige Conley in support

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

Billy DeBeck's popular comic strip character (with Snuffy Smith co-starring in the thirties) would later be “cartoonized” by Charles Mintz animation studio at Columbia. This is the live-action comedy series.

 

  • Horsefeathers (---) / September 9, 1928

  • OK MNX (Barney Google's Welcome Home) (---) / October 7, 1928

  • T-Bone Handicap (Albert Herman) / November 4, 1928

  • Money Balks (Charles Diltz) / December 2, 1928

  • Beefsteaks (Ralph Ceder) / December 30, 1928

  • Running Thru The Rye (---) / January 27, 1929

  • Sunshine's Dark Moment (St. Elmo Boyce) / February 24, 1929

  • Neigh Neigh Spark Plug (---) / March 24, 1929

  • Horse On Barney (Ralph Ceder) / April 21, 1929

  • Just A Stall (St. Elmo Boyce) / May 19, 1929

  • Slide Sparky Slide (Ralph Ceder) / June 10, 1929

  • Pace That Thrills (Webster Campbell) / June 16, 1929

 

 

Beatrice La Plante Comedies (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • Merely A Maid / May 16, 1920 (filmed February)

  • Start The Show / June 13, 1920 (filmed March)

  • Hello Uncle / July 11, 1920 (filmed February-March)

  • Little Miss Jazz (Fred C. Newmeyer, credited) / August 8, 1920 (filmed March-April) with William Gillespie, Sammy Brooks & others. Miss Jazz, artist's model, causes trouble at a boarding house and later poses for a stolem statue "The Goddess of Rhubarb".

  • A Regular Pal / September 5, 1920 (filmed January)

 

 

The Beauty Parlor (Standard Photoplay/FBO)

Produced by Joe Rock

Directed by Reggie Morris

Starring Al Cooke, Kit Guard & Lorraine Eason

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • The Beauty Parlor / August 3, 1927

  • The Permanent Wave / August 10, 1927

  • Last Nose Of Summers / August 3, 1927

  • Boys Will Be Girls / August 24, 1927

  • Helen Of Troy / August 31, 1927

  • Toupay Or Not To Pay / September 7, 1927

  • Chin He Loved To Lift / September 14, 1927

  • Fresh Hair Fiends / September 21, 1927

  • Peter's Pan / September 28, 1927

  • The Beloved Rouge / October 5, 1927

  • New Faces For Old / October 12, 1927

  • She Troupes To Conquer / October 19, 1927

     

 

Ben Turpin Comedies (Mack Sennett Comedies/Pathé)

Directors listed in () after the title

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

With his trademark cross-eyes, Turpin is as important to the silent comedy landscape in general as with Sennett's fun factory. When Pathé took over distribution of the Sennett comedies, he was the studio's number one at the box office. Today his films are just as funny as they were in the twenties, becoming a staple (with funny sound effects and occasional dialogue added) on syndicated television through the 1970s (at least until the novelty lasted) where he found a new audience decades after his passing in 1940.

 

  • Where Is My Wandering Boy This Evening? (J.A. Waldron) / July 8, 1923

  • Pitfalls Of A Big City (J.A. Waldron) / September 2, 1923

  • Asleep At The Switch (Roy Del Ruth) / October 14, 1923

  • The Daredevil (Del Lord) / November 25, 1923 Co-starring Harry Gribbon and John J. Richardson (among others) and featured in Robert Youngson's "THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY", Ben Turpin is a stuntman in the movies with Harry Gribbon as his director. One of Turpin's better efforts.

  • Ten Dollars Or Ten Days (Del Lord) / January 6, 1924 (filmed '23) Sennett used this title twice (previously in 1920 and this was often re-titled AT YOUR SERVICE). After struggling in the morning with friendly kitties and shooting himself in the foot (don't ask), Turpin has his usual offbeat antics as a tailor/pharmacist, sleepwalking into a burglary scene, getting hung outside a courthouse... gotta love that Turpin! With Harry Gribbon, Billy Armstrong & others

  • The Hollywood Kid (Roy Del Roth) / April 20, 1924 Featured in the Robert Youngson spectacular “THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY”, this spoof of the Sennett studio features cameos of the entire staff including the boss.

  • Yukon Jake (Del Lord) / June 8, 1924 Spoof of Yukon melodramas with our hero dreaming of Sennett Bathing Beauties in the far north. With Kalla Pasha, John J. Richardson & others

  • Romeo And Juliet (Reggie Morris & Harry Sweet) / August 1, 1924

  • Three Foolish Weeks (Reggie Morris & Edgar Kennedy) / September 24, 1924

  • Reel Virginian (Edgar Kennedy & Reggie Morris) / October 26, 1924 with Alice Day, Christian J. Frank & others

  • A Wild Goose Chaser (Lloyd Bacon) / January 15, 1925 (filmed '24)

  • The Raspberry Romance (Lloyd Bacon) / March 1, 1925

  • The Marriage Circus (Reggie Morris) / April 25, 1925

  • When A Man's A Prince (Edward F. Cline) / August 15, 1926

  • The Prodigal Bridegroom (Lloyd Bacon) / September 26, 1926 imdb.com synopsis: Ben returns from the big city with his pockets full of cash. A hard-hearted, gold-digging vamp ensnares him. Ben enjoys being ensnared. In order to get rid of his faithful sweetheart, he schemes up a preposterous tale. With Madeline Hurlock, Thelma Hill, Andy Clyde and Marvin Loback

  • A Harem Knight (Gil Pratt) / November 7, 1926 As the title suggests, Turpin has no trouble conquering beauties including a runaway harem girl, later retrieved by a naval officer. With Madeline Hurlock, Danny O'Shea, Marvin Loback, Marion McDonnell, Louise Carver & others

  • A Blonde's Revenge (Del Lord) / December 19, 1926 Senator Gerald Montague (Turpin) has a platform of less work and more play,but a rival wants to pin him on infidelity charges with his stenographer. With Vernon Dent, Barbara Tennant, Ruth Taylor, Irving Bacon & others

  • A Hollywood Hero (Harry Edwards) / January 30, 1927 (filmed '26) with Budd Jamison

  • The Jolly Jilter (Edward F. Cline) / March 13, 1927

  • Broke In China (Edward F. Cline) / April 23, 1927 Average belly laugh Turpin has him as a seaman telling sad stories of woe to two ladies in a Chinese restaurant. With Louise Carver, Alice Belcher, Ruth Taylor, Andy Clyde & others

  • The Pride Of Pikeville (Alfred J. Goulding) / June 5, 1927 Turpin is really really struggling to keep the females off of him here... being forced into a shotgun marriage and struggling to make a getaway on a moving train. With Thelma Hill, Rut Taylor, Andy Clyde, Vernon Dent & others

  • Love's Languid Lure (Lige Conley) / August 28, 1927 with Peggy Montgomery

  • Daddy Boy (Harry Edwards) / October 23, 1927 Turpin has tummy troubles and sees a stomach specialist. Also antics with basketball. With Alma Bennett, William Searby, Alice Ward, Johnny Burke & others

 

 

Benny Rubin Comedies (RKO-Pathé)

Directors listed in () after the title

BW and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

This multi-talented (and multi-voiced) vaudevillian may be mildly familiar to the Baby Boom generation as a frequent extra on the Jack Benny Program and many popular TV shows through the early seventies, but was at his peak on movie screens during the late twenties/early thirties period. He also appeared in some early Technicolor MGM shorts as well. This all-starring series followed his irregular appearances in RKO's previous Broadway Headliners.

 

  • The Messenger Boy (Edward Luddy) / June 29, 1931 A messenger boy strays into an amusement palace and gives an exhibition of acrobatic dancing dressed as a girl. With Marie Wells, Bud Jamieson & Stanley Blystone

  • Guests Wanted (Ralph Ceder) / September 5, 1931 Benny and a bunch of goofy actors inherit a California hotel

  • Julius Sizzer (Julius Sizzors) (Edward Luddy) / September 7, 1931 Benny is confused for gangsters by the cops.

  • Full Coverage (Ralph Ceder) / November 9, 1931 Benny the insurance salesman deals with rough-and-tough taxi drivers. Co-starring Bud Jamison.

  • Dumb D icks (Ralph Ceder) / © March 16, 1932 (filmed '31) Rubin and his buddy (Harry Gribbon) escape a machine-gun robbery scene, but later help find the crooks by posing as psychics. Heinie Conklin is also featured here.

  • The Promoter (Ralph Ceder) / © May 14, 1932

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Billy Bevan Comedies (Mack Sennett Comedies/Pathé)

Directors listed in () after the title

BW / silent and 2 reels (17-20 minutes approx.)

 

One of the most popular Sennett stars of the roaring twenties, with much of his gag material recycled later (i.e. the Three Stooges under Del Lord remade one of his titles). These films were marketed mostly as “Sennett Comedies”, but I have them grouped with Billy as the primary player.

 

  • Inbad The Sailor (Erle Kenton) / December 30, 1923

  • One Spooky Night (Erle Kenton) / January 27, 1924 (filmed '23)

  • Wall Street Blues (Erle Kenton) / Andy Clyde, Billy Bevan & others)-August 10, 1924 Featured in two later Robert Youngson in the fifties, Billy Bevan is cleaning offices with disastrous results even vacuuming up a dog! Later a gunfight sends our heroes (including Andy Clyde) dangling from a high rise window. Some prints are titled THE BIG ROBBERY.

  • Lizzies Of The Field (Del Lord) / September 1, 1924 With Andy Clyde, Jack Lloyd, John J. Richardson and Barbara Pierce in the cast... complete with street-rolling bed and a wild car chase in the finale. One of the definitive chase comedies of the period.

  • Wandering Wastelines (Del Lord) / October 5, 1924

  • The Cannon Ball Express (Del Lord) / November 1, 1924

  • Galloping Bungalows (Edward F. Cline & Tay Garnett) / November 4, 1924 The struggles of building a beach house a.k.a. Laurel & Hardy style. Sunshine Hart, Sidney Smith, Natalie Kingston and Andy Clyde co-star.

  • Honeymoon Hardships (Tom Garnett & Jefferson Moffitt) / January 25, 1925 (filmed '24)

  • Giddap (Del Lord) / March 22, 1925

  • The Lion's Whiskers (Del Lord) / April 19, 1925 More classic hijinks at the circus.

  • Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (Del Lord) / May 14, 1925 An eccentric inventor causes havoc, eventually leading to a car chase. Frequently attacked by modern viewers for some racial stereotyping. With Billy Bevan, Lillian Knight, John J. Richardson & others

  • Skinners In Silk (Del Lord) / May 17, 1925

  • Sneezing Beezers! (Del Lord) / July 19, 1925 Co-starring Andy Clyde

  • The Iron Nag (Del Lord) / August 9, 1925 Clips included in Slaphappy DVD series, with Andy Clyde, Sunshine Hart, Ruth Taylor & others

  • Butter Fingers (Del Lord) / August 30, 1925 Co-starring Ruth Taylor

  • Over There-Abouts (Del Lord) / October 11, 1925

  • From Rags To Britches (Del Lord) / December 13, 1925

  • Whispering Whiskers (Del Lord) / January 24, 1926 (filmed '25) Billy is a “private” detective searching for a valuable ruby. Also Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Kewpie Morgan

  • Trimmed In Gold (Del Lord) / February 14, 1926

  • Circus Today (Lloyd Bacon) / March 7, 1926 Featuring as co-stars Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Kewpie Morgan and Roger Moore. Hilarious highjinks under the big top (lion and elephant included); frequently featured in silent comedy retrospectives.

  • Wandering Willies (Del Lord) / March 28, 1926 (completed Oct '25) Billy and Andy Clyde are drifters in all kinds of trouble searching for a square meal, highlighted by Billy's battle with his oyster stew (a gag beautifully played a second time with Curly Howard of the Three Stooges almost two decades later in DUTIFUL BUT DUMB). With Ruth Hiatt, Kewpie Morgan, Boby Dunn, Dave Morris & Ruth Taylor

  • Hayfoot, Strawfoot (Gil Pratt & Jefferson Moffitt) / April 18, 1926

  • Fight Night (Jefferson Moffitt & Gilbert Pratt) / May 9, 1926 With Barbara Tennant

  • Muscle Bound Music (Alfred J. Goulding) / May 30, 1926 Wrestling comedy with Kewpie Morgan, Art Rowlands, Barney Hellum, Natalie Kingston & others and made famous in Robert Youngson's THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY.

  • Ice Cold Cocos (Del Lord) / June 20, 1926 Antics as ice men with one having the roving eye for a dame. With Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Kewpie Morgan, Louise Carver & Leo Sulky

  • A Sea Dog's Tale (Del Lord) / July 11, 1926 Billy's newspaper photo is fancied by an island princess and her dad the island king comes to find him. With Andy Clyde, Vernon Dent, Madeline Hurlock & others

  • Hubby's Quiet Little Game (Del Lord) / August 8, 1926

  • Hoboken To Hollywood (Del Lord) / September 5, 1926 Going to California the hard way. With Leanora Summers, Vernon Dent, Thelma Hill & others

  • Masked Mamas (Del Lord) / October 31, 1926

  • The Divorce Dodger (Del Lord) / November 28, 1926 Two couples have a mix-up with a scheming divorce lawyer. With Thelma Hill, Thelma Parr & Barbara Tennant

  • Flirty Four-Flushers (Edward F. Cline) / December 26, 1926

  • Should Sleepwalkers Marry? (Mack Sennett) / January 23, 1927 (filmed '26) Antics carry from bedroom to golf course. With Vernon Dent, Thelma Parr, Barbara Tennat & others

  • Peaches And Plumbers (Edward F. Cline) / February 20, 1927 With Madeline Hurlock & Thelma Hill

  • Small Town Princess (Edward F. Cline) / March 20, 1927 From a small town setting to Hollywood with budding star Mary Brown (Madeline Hurlock). Also featured: Budd Ross, Nat Carr, Louise Carver, Marvin Loback & David Manor

  • Cured In The Excitement (Earle Rodney) / June 12, 1927

  • The Golf Nut (Harry Edwards) / September 4, 1927 Mayhem at the El Caballero Golf Club as only zany Sennett can provide. With Vernon Dent, Alma Bennett & others

  • Gold Digger Of Weepah (Harry Edwards) / October 2, 1927 Spoof of the Klondike gold rush with gags including Billy the barber searching for nuggets in a prospector's beard. With Andy Clyde, Sunshine Hart, Matty Kemp, Johnny Burke & others

  • The Bull Fighter (Earle Rodney) / November 27, 1927

  • The Beach Club (Harry Edwards) / January 22, 1928 (filmed '27)

  • The Best Man (His Wedding Daze) (Harry Edwards) / February 19, 1928 Billy practically ruins Vernon Dent's wedding with every muddy and auto-related accident imaginable. Also Andy Clyde and Alma Bennett.

  • The Bicycle Flirt (Harry Edwards) / March 18, 1928

  • His Unlucky Night (Harry Edwards) / August 12, 1928 Billy and Dot Farley play the Trotters here in this restless hotel comedy. Carole Lombard is a daffy telephone operator. With Vernon Dent, Carole Lombard, Bud Jameson, Andy Clyde & others

  • Caught In The Kitchen (Phil Whitman) / September 9, 1928

  • Motorboat Mamas (Harry Edwards) / September 30, 1928

  • Hubby's Latest Alibi (Phil Whitman) / November 1, 1928 Husband is torn from the home by his love of stage and bright lights. With Natalie Joyce, Alice Ward, Virginia Vance & Otto Fries

  • Hubby's Week-End Trip (Harry Edwards) / November 30, 1928 Henpecked, Billy seeks relaxation in Tijuana. With Dot Farley, Vernon Dent & Carmilita Geraghty. Gags written by Edward Adamson & Jefferson Moffitt.

  • His New Stenographer (Phil Whitman) / December 30, 1928 With Alice Ward, Natalie Joyce & Irving Bacon

  • Foolish Husbands (Phil Whitman) / With Carmelitta Geraghty, Dot Farley & Vernon Dent)-March 17, 1929 (filmed '28, held back) Two lady friends band together to curb one's husband Billy's unfaithful philandering, making him think the exotic Carmelita is accidently shot and Billy is in trouble with the police.

 

 

The Blondes And The Redheads (RKO)

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BW and 2 reels (18-21 minutes each)

 

A delightful gal-pal series not unlike Hal Roach's contemporary series with Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd, but perhaps somewhat better in gags and production, and a fore-runner to later gal-pal sitcoms like Laverne & Shirley. Grady Sutton played the tormented boy-friend (sometimes “boyfriend” dating one) with regulars Carol Trevis and June Brewster. Future feature director George Stevens handled a cluster of these in a very polished manner that make these still quite entertaining today, mixing just the right amount of slapstick and situation comedy.

 

  • A Divorced Courtship (George Stevens) / © July 3, 1933 With Carol Trevis & June Brewster

  • Flirting In The Park (George Stevens) / August 18, 1933 With Grady Sutton, Carol Trevis, June Brewster. Antics in the park where quiet romance is frequently interrupted

  • Walking Back Home (George Stevens) / © December 8, 1933 With Carol Trevis, June Brewster & Landers Stevens

  • Bridal Bail (Lou Brock & George Stevens) / © February 9, 1934 With Grady Suton, June Brewster, Dorothy Granger, Sam Appel & George Lewis . A theater offers a free wedding contest and couples get mixed up

  • The Undie-World (George Stevens) / April 4, 1934 With Grady Sutton, Carol Trevis, June Brewster. Big Boy Williams is a gangster who is smitten with the two girls in the next apartment. With the help of his violinist friend Grady Sutton he gets acquainted with the girls by posing as a musician.

  • Contented Calves (Sam White) / © August 6, 1934 With June Trevis, Carol Brewster, Grady Sutton, Gary Owen, Nat Carr & others. An ad campaign for stockings embarrasses the girls

  • Ocean Swells (George Stevens) / © October 12, 1934 With Grady Sutton, June Trevis, June Brewster & Zeffie Tilsbury. Antics at a yacht club high society party

  • The Dancing Millionaire (Sam White) / December 14, 1934 With Grady Sutton, Dorothy Granger, Tom Kennedy & Ted Fio Rito

  • Hunger Pangs (George Stevens) / February 22, 1935 With Dorothy Granger, Carol Trevis, Grady Sutton, Walter Brennan, Eddie Kane & June Brewster. The girls bungling-ly help Grady sell magazines.

  • Wig-Wag (Sam White) / April 12, 1935 With June Trevis, Grady Sutton, Dorothy Granger, Jack Mulhall & others. Marital mix-up comedy with Grady once again ending up in drag

  • Rough Necking (George Stevens) / © April 25, 1935 Spencer Charters plays June Brewster's daddy here disapproving of beau Grady Sutton, but she and her sister (Carol Tevis) get over his objections and a lady investigator he hires to enforce the rules... with Grady winding up in drag. Also cast: Fred kelsey & George Chandler

 

 

Blue Ribbon Comedies (Standard Photoplay/FBO)

Produced by Joe Rock

Directed listed in ()

Starring Alyce Ardell, sometimes with Joe Rock

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Lame Brains (J.A. Howe) / September 20, 1925 With Chester Conklin & Billy Franey

  • Salute (Scott Pembroke) / October 18, 1925

  • Hold Tight (Marcel Perez) / November 15, 1925

  • Peaceful Riot (Marcel Perez) / December 13, 1925

  • Mummy Love (Marcel Perez) / January 10, 1926 (F- '25)

  • Alice Blues (Marcel Perez) / February 7, 1926

  • Fraternity Mixup (Scott Pembroke) / March 7, 1926

  • Hurricane (Marcel Perez) / April 4, 1926

  • She's a Prince (Scott Pembroke) / May 2, 1926

  • Black and Blue Eyes (Scott Pembroke) / May 30, 1926

  • Vamping Babies (Scott Pembroke) / June 27, 1926

  • Adorable Dora (Harry Sweet) / July 21, 1926

  • What! No Spinach? (Scott Pembroke) / August 22, 1926

 

 

Broadway Headliners (RKO)

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BW and 2 reels (17-21 minutes each)

 

All comedies in the beginning, the initial 1930-31 series is famous for marking W.C. Field's talkie debut and also kick-starting Clark & McCullough as RKO's biggest comedy stars of the period.

 

  • A Peep In The Deep (Mark Sandrich) / © July 28, 1930 With Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough

  • The Golf Specialist (Monte Brice) / August 23, 1930 W.C. Fields tries to teach golf to the flirtatious wife of a hotel detective.

  • Aunt's In The Pants (Mark Sandrich) / © November 21, 1930 With Walter Catlett & Cissy Fitzgerald

  • Trader Ginsberg (Mark Sandrich) / © December 19, 1930 With Nat Carr

  • Talking Turkey (Mark Sandrich) / © January 25, 1931 (filmed '30) With Benny Rubin

  • She Went For A Tramp (Lou Brock) / © February 2, 1931 With Hugh Herbert

  • Trouble From Abroad (Mark Sandrich) / June 20, 1931 (Motion Picture Herald review) Two husbands (Ford Sterling & Lucien Littlefield) escape their wives with a war reunion party. With James Finlayson, Ruth Renick & Renée Damonde

  • Cleanup On The Curb (Lloyd French) / © September 12, 1931 With James Finlayson, Roscoe Ates, Vivian Oakland & others

  • False Roomers (Mark Sandrich) / October 10, 1931 With Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough, James Finlayson

  • The House Dick (Lloyd French) / © October 17, 1931 Jimmy Savo is investigating some hotel robberies.

  • Melon-Drama (Mark Sandrich) / November 6, 1931 With Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough, James Finlayson

  • Scratch-As-Catch-Can (Mark Sandrich) / November 6, 1931 (n Academy Award Nominee, but curiously removed from the race before awards time. Featuring James Finlayson, Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough, Walter Brennan, Phil Dunham, Charlie Hall, Robert Graves, Charlotte Ogden, Vincent Barnett & Constantine Romanoff & others in a comedy ensemble

 

 

Buck & Bubbles, a.k.a. Hugh Wiley's ""Wildcat" ( Pathé)

Monte Brice producer

Starring Ford Washington Lee & John William Sublett

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BW and 2 reels (first running just 13 minutes, others 17-19)

 

This early “all black” comedy team may not win the award for political correctness today, but the series should be commended for bringing stars of a different shade into the talkie era (even though the “Vitaphone Varieties” of Warner Bros. made good use of black performers in sound form for the past three years or so, as did Lee Forrest even earlier).

 

  • Black Narcissus (Paul Powell) / © August 17, 1929 Beulah Hall and Emmett King co-star.

  • In And Out (Nat Nazarro) / © October 8, 1929 Jailed by mistake, these two get their own "dusky" lawyer

  • Fowl Play (Carl Harbaugh) / © November 16, 1929

  • High Toned (Paul Powell) / © January 18, 1930 (filmed '29) Bubbles wants his servant job back but finds out his replacement stole his girl

  • Darktown Follies (Nat Nazarro) / © February 4, 1930 The unemployed black comedy duo break into a show

  • Honest Crooks (Paul Powell) / © February 8, 1930

 

 

Campus Comedies (Mack Sennett Comedies/Pathé)

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Starring Daphne Pollard, Sally Eilers, Carole Lombard, Matty Kemp, Johnny Burke & others

Part Sennett Color & BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

See also Sennett All-Star Comedies, another umbrella title for these. These are famous today with their occasional use of color and profiling the comic talents of rising star Carole Lombard.

 

  • The College Kiddoo (Earle Rodney) / August 7, 1927 Madeline Hurlock is a vamp and Eddie Quillan a freshman working in the laundry room. Also with Barney Hellum, Ruth Taylor & George Gray

  • Run, Girl, Run (Alfred J. Goulding) / Part Sennett Color / January 15, 1928 (filmed '27) Antics on the track team with sexy Carole being too occupied on her physical appearances.

  • Love At First Sight (Edward F. Cline) / Part Sennett Color / January 29, 1928 (filmed '27) Starring Daphne Pollard, Lige Conley, Madeline Hurlock

  • The Swim Princess (Alfred J. Goulding) / Part Sennett Color / February 26, 1928 Featuring Daphne Pollard & Carole Lombard

  • The Girl From Nowhere (Harry Edwards) / August 5, 1928 With Daphne Pollard, Dot Farley, Mark Swain, Carole Lombard

  • The Campus Vamp (Harry Edwards) / Part Sennett Color / September 23, 1928 Love triangle at college. Featuring Daphne Pollard, Johnny Burke, Sally Eilers, Matty Kemp & Carole Lombard

  • The Campus Carmen (Harry Edwards) / November 25, 1928 With Daphne Pollard & Carole Lombard

  • Matchmaking Mama (Harry Edwards) / Part Sennett Color / March 31, 1929 (filmed '28) Daphne is momma to Carole here and wants her married off... except step sister wants the same guy. Time to bug Daddy Johnny Burke.

 

Campus Comedies (Pathé)

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BW and 2 reels (19-21 minutes each)

 

All-talkie follow-ups to Mack Sennett's series (with Sennett moving to Educational Pictures), but with assorted stars spoofing college life.

 

  • Two Plus Fours (Fred Guiol) / © August 10, 1930 With Nat Carr, Thelma Hill, Soec O'Donnell, Harry Barri, Ed Dearing & The Rhythm Boys. Bing Crosby appears fleetingly in this college comedy as part of the Rhythm Boys.

  • All For Mabel (Harry Delmar) / © October 12, 1930 With Sally Star, Si Wills, Bob Carney, Cupi Ainsworth, Rod & Chark McLennan, Leila McIntyre & James Mack

  • Kid The Kidder (Ray McCarey) / © October 12, 1930 With Vera Marshe, Monroe Owsley, Emerson Treacy, Don Dillaway & Ray Cooke

  • Campus Champs (Fred Guiol) / © February 1, 1931 Nat Carr is a tailor aiding a college boxer.

  • Open House (Harry L. Fraser) / March 22, 1931 With Nat Carr & Marion Shockney

  • Night Class (Harry L. Fraser) / May 31, 1931 With Nat Carr

 

 

Capital Comedies (Pathé)

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BW and 2 reels (20-21 minutes each)

 

  • Over The Radio (Fred Guiol) / December 14, 1930 With Franklin Pangborn, Vivien Oakland & others

  • Bare Knees (Harry L. Fraser) / February 16, 1931 (preview) Daphne Pollard becomes a newspaper reporter and accidentally brings about the arrest of a notorious thief. With Mildred Van Dorn, Hooper Atchley & James Durkin

 

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Carter De Haven Comedies (Robertson-Cole Pictures/FBO)

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Co-starring Flora Parker De Haven

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

Successful comedy star of his era, appearing also in Paramount comedies and later working with Chaplin in Modern Times.

 

  • Their First Vacation (Malcolm St. Clair) / September 3, 1922

  • Twin Husbands (Malcolm St. Clair) / October 1, 1922 With Malcon St. Clair & others

  • Entertaining The Boss (Malcolm St. Clair) / October 22, 1922

  • Keep 'Em Home (Malcolm St. Clair) / November 26, 1922 Also featuring Victor Gibson

  • A Ring For Dad (Malcolm St. Clair) / March 4, 1923

  • A Waggin' Tale (Carter De Haven & Monty Banks) / February 13, 1923

  • Say It With Diamonds (Malcolm St. Clair) / March 13, 1923

  • Private - Keep Off (Carter De Haven & Monte Brice) / April 15, 1923

  • Borrowed Trouble (Carter De Haven) / May 13, 1923

  • Rice And Old Shoes (Carter De Haven & Malcom St. Clair) / June 10, 1923

  • The Panic's On (Carter De Haven) / July 8, 1923

  • Christmas (Malcolm St. Clair) / January 21, 1922 Also featuring Ernest Morrison

 

 

Charley Chase Comedies (Hal Roach/Pathé)

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BW / silent

 

One of the top stars of the Roach fun factory and consistently successful in the sound era, when Roach distributed for MGM and after his move to Columbia, appearing both in front of the camera and behind it when working with the Three Stooges. Although he wasn't quite as popular with the television audience as Laurel & Hardy and the Little Rascals (Our Gang), he has enjoyed a cult following in more recent decades.

 

(1 reel, 10 minutes approx.)

 

  • At First Sight (Hal Roach) January 6, 1924 (filmed August & October '23) With Blanche Mehaffey & others

  • One Of The Family (Hal Roach) January 27, 1924 (filmed October '23) With Billy Engle & others

  • Just A Minute (Hal Roach) February 3, 1924 (filmed October '23) With Clyde E. Hopkins, Noah Young & others

  • Powder And Smoke (Hal Roach) February 10, 1924 (filmed October '23) With Eddie Baker, John Gavin & others

  • A Perfect Lady (Hal Roach) February 24,1924 (filmed December '23)

  • Hard Knocks (Hal Roach) March 2, 1924 (filmed October-November '23) With Beth Darlington, Eddie Baker & others

  • Love's Detour (Hal Roach) March 9, 1924 (filmed October '23) With Beth Darlington & Jean Baker

  • Don't Forget (Hal Roach) March 23, 1924 (filmed November '23) With Earl Mohan & Beth Darlington

  • The Fraidy Cat (Leo McCarey) / 1 reel / March 30, 1924 (filmed December '23) With Earl Mohan & Beth Darlington

  • Publicity Pays (Hal Roach) May 4, 1924 (December '23 & February '24) With Earl Mohan & Beth Darlington

  • April Fool (Ralph Ceder) May 18, 1924 ((filmed February) Fool's Day pranks cause havoc in the workplace. With Noah Young

  • Position Wanted (Hal Roach) May 25, 1924 ((filmed February) With Noah Young & Blanche Behaffey

  • Young Oldfield (Leo McCarey) June 22, 1924 (filmed March) With Barney Oldfield, Marie Mosuini, Emma Tansey & others

  • Stolen Goods (Leo McCarey) June 29,1924 ((filmed February) With Billy Engle & Marie Mosquini

  • Jeffries Jnr (Leo McCarey) July 6, 1924 (filmed March-April) With Ena Gregory, James Jeffries & others

  • Why Husbands Go Mad (Leo McCarey) July 13, 1924 (filmed April) With James Finlayson & Beth Darlington

  • Ten Minute Egg (Leo McCarey) / July 20, 1924 With Jack Gavin, Noah Young, Ena Gregory & others

  • Seeing Nellie Home (Leo McCarey) July 27,1924 (filmed April)

  • Sweet Daddy (Leo McCarey) August 17, 1924 (filmed June)

  • Why Men Work (Leo McCarey) / August 31, 1924 (filmed May-July) With Billy Engle, Olive Borden, Earl Mohan, Katherine Grant & William Gillsepie

  • Outdoor Pajamas (Leo McCarey) September 14, 1924 (filmed June-July) With George Rowe

  • Sittin' Pretty (Leo McCarey) / September 28, 1924 With Beth Darlington, Robert Page & Leo Willis

  • Too Many Mamas (Leo McCarey) / October 12, 1924 (filmed July) With Beth Darlington, Olive Borden, Noah Young, John T. Prince & Martha Sleeper

  • Bungalow Boobs (Leo McCarey) / October 26, 1924 (filmed July) With Beth Darlington, Helen Gilmore & Leo Willis

  • Accidental Accidents (Leo McCarey) / November 9, 1924 Partial film survives. With Joe Cobb, Billy Engle, Eral Mohan & others

  • All Wet (Leo McCarey) / November 23, 1924 (filmed September) Top-notch Chase comedy highlighted by a car chase. With William Gillespie, Jack Gavin, Gale Henry & Martin Wolfkeil

  • The Poor Fish (Leo McCarey) December 7, 1924 (filmed September) Charley and his wife switch roles (work and home) with chaotic results... and repeated trouble with the mother-in-law. With William Gillespie & Martin Wolfkeil

  • The Royal Razz (Leo McCarey) / December 21,1924 (filmed October) With Katherine Grant

  • The Rat's Knuckles (Leo McCarey) / January 4, 1925 (filmed October '24) With Martha Sleeper, Jack Gavin, Jules Mendel

  • Hello Baby (Leo McCarey) / January 11, 1925 (filmed October '24) With Katherine Grant & Al Hallett

  • Fighting Fluid (Leo McCarey) / February 1, 1925 (filmed October-November '24) With Pierre Couderc, Jules Mendel, Marie Mosquini, Ed Porter

  • The Family Entrance (Leo McCarey) / February 15, 1925 (filmed November '24) With Lassie Lou Ahern, Jack Gavin, Katherine Grant, Jerome La Plante, Ed Porter, Noah Young

  • Plain And Fancy Girls (Leo McCarey) February 28, 1925 (filmed December '24)

  • Should Husbands Be Watched? (Leo McCarey) / March 14, 1925 (filmed November-December '24) With Katherine Grant, Olive Borden & William Frawley

  • Hard Boiled (Leo McCarey) / March 15, 1925 (filmed December '24-January) With Noah Young, James Finlayson, Katherine Grant

  • Is Marriage The Bunk? (Leo McCarey) / March 29, 1925 (filmed December '24) With Katherine Grant, Marie Mosquini, William Gillespie, George Rowe, Rolfe Sedan

 

(2 reels, 20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Bad Boy (Leo McCarey) / April 12, 1925 ((filmed January) Jimmy Jump can't please his parents (pop wants him more "manly" and mom wants him more "sensitive") and after failing at a job at his girlfriend's father's iron foundry, tries to succeed at a tough dance hall. With Martha Sleeper, Evelyn Burns, Hardee Kirkland, Noah Young & Eddie Borden

  • Big Red Riding Hood (Leo McCarey) April 26,1925 (filmed May '24) Jimmy (Chase) is a poor translator who can't afford a book that a Swedish official needs translated, so he uses a book store as a "library"... to the scorn of its owners. With Jack Ackroyd, Richard Daniels, Dick Gilbert & Helen Gilmore

  • Looking For Sally (Leo McCarey) / May 10, 1925 ((filmed February) Since Jimmie hasn't seen his girl in years after being away in Europe, a case of mis-identification happens at the ship dock and he struggles to find her... until he poses in rags at her temperance work place. With Katherine Grant, Noah Young, Leo Willis, Bynunsky Hyman, John T. Prince

  • What Price Goofy? (Leo McCarey) / May 25, 1925 ((filmed March) With Katherine Grant, Lucien Littlefield, Jane Sherman, Marjorie Whiteis, Noah Young

  • Isn't Life Terrible? (Leo McCarey) / June 17, 1925 (filmed April) Charley wins a contest sponsored by a pen company, but his family prize of an ocean voyage is full of havoc. With Katherine Grant, Oliver Hardy, Fay Wray & Leo Willis

  • Innocent Husbands (Leo McCarey) / August 2, 1925 (filmed May) Charley's girlfriend Katherine Grant is a fan of spiritualism and tests his integrity with a mystic gathering. Also starring Lucien Littlefield.

  • No Father To Guide Him (Leo McCarey) / September 6, 1925 (filmed June-July) With Mickey Bennett, Josephine Crowell, Jack Gavin, Katherine Grant, Duke Kahanamoku, Leo Willis, Fay Wray

  • The Caretaker's Daughter (Leo McCarey) / October 11, 1925 (filmed July) With Katherine Grant, George Siegmann, James Parrott, James Finlayson & others

  • The Uneasy Three (Leo McCarey) / November 15, 1925 (filmed August) With Katherine Grant, Bull Montana, Fred Kelsey

  • His Wooden Wedding (Leo McCarey) / December 20, 1925 (filmed September) Fooled by a jealous suitor that his future bride has a wooden leg, Charley breaks his engagement and decides to give her his engagement ring. Later embarking on a cruise ship, the "friend" fools the girl and hides the ring, then loses it. With Katherine Grant, Gale Henry, Lassie Lou Ahern, John Cossar, Fred DeSilva, Helen Gilmore & Lyle Tayo

  • Charley My Boy (Leo McCarey) / January 24, 1926 (filmed September-October '25) Stan Laurel was a co-writer here. Cast also includes Katherine Grant as "Dodo", Walter James, William Courtright and Fred Kelsey among others. Charlie gets into an "oily" situation (quite literally) as he job hunts.

  • Mama Behave (Leo McCarey) / February 28, 1926 (filmed October-November '25)

  • Dog Shy (Leo McCarey) / April 4, 1926 (filmed November-Dec) Charley is afraid of dogs, but decides to help a damsel-in-distress with parents refusing her to marry and posing as a butler... who must bathe Duke among other slapstick tasks. With Stuart Holmes, Mildred June, Josephine Crowell & William Orlamond

  • Mum's The Word (Leo McCarey) / May 9, 1926 A widow (Virginia Pearson) has married rich, but didn't tell her husband about her son.

  • Long Fliv The King (Leo McCarey) bw/s-18+m-(C: Charley Chase with Martha Sleeper, Oliver Hardy & Max Davidson / June 13, 1926 (filmed February-March) Vaguely "Prisoner of Zenda"-ish in parts: Charley is an average guy marrying a queen (Martha Sleeper) and onfronting others eager for the throne. One of Chase's most elaborate productions with Oliver Hardy and Max Davidson in support.

  • Mighty Like A Moose (Leo McCarey) / With Vivien Oakland, Ann Howe, Charles Clary, Gale Henry, Malcolm Denny / July 18, 1926 (filmed March-April) National Film Regsitry entry, this has a simple, if surreal, plot of a maried couple surprising the other with plastic surgery and then, not recognizing the other, "cheating" with each other. In 1955, a Joe McDoakes Warner short was still making use of this clever plot as SO YOU WANT O BE PRETTY.

  • Crazy Like A Fox (James Parrott) / August 22, 1926 (filmed April-May) Chase is involved in an arranged marriage with a wealthy girl (Martha Sleeper), but drives the rich family nuts with his fake "craziness" before he realizes his true love is the one he's engaged to. Slightly dated by the "blackface" butler gags. Oliver Hardy also featured.

  • Bromeo And Juliet (James Parrott) / September 19, 1926 (filmed May-June) Chase plays Shakespeare to woo Madge (Corliss Palmer), but gets into trouble when mistaken for a bootlegger.

  • Tell 'Em Nothing (Leo McCarey) / October 17, 1926 (filmed June)

  • Be Your Age (Leo McCarey) / November 14,1926 (filmed August-September) Oliver Hardy is son of an heiress in this one. Also Gladys Hulette, Lillian Leighton, Frank Brownlee

  • There Ain't No Santa Claus (Hal Roach) / Dec 12, 1926 (filmed September-October)

  • Many Scrappy Returns (James Parrott) / January 9, 1927 (filmed September '26) A domestic war with a young couple creates havoc for others. With Eugenia Gilbert, Anita Garvin, Valentina Zimina, Egene Pallette & Bull Montana

  • Are Brunettes Safe? (James Parrott) / February 6,1927 (filmed October-November '26)

  • A One Mama Man (James Parrott) / March 6, 1927 (filmed November-December '26) With Gale Henry & Eugenia Gilbert

  • Forgotten Sweeties (James Parrott) / April 10, 1927

  • Bigger And Better Blondes (James Parrott) / May 15, 1927 ((filmed January)

  • Fluttering Hearts (James Parrott) / June 19, 1927 (filmed February-March) Romance and department store chaos with spoiled rich girl (Martha Sleeper) and her father (William Burness), a chase with cop Eugene Pallette and later Charley pretending to be a chauffeur so he can woo her without dad's interference. Stan Laurel plays Big Bill, with girlfriend Kay Deslys, in a "part 2" blackmail-covered-by-drunken-escorting situation.

  • What Women Did For Me (James Parrott) / August 14, 1927 ((filmed March) A shy professor has to strut his "brain waves" before his lady class.

  • Assistant Wives (James Parrott) / December 12, 1927 (filmed May) Charley is a law clerk who tries to get his boss (Eugene Pallette) to believe a lady "Flapjack Queen" cook (Anita Garvin) down the street is his wife, despite her being married (with Noah Young). Edna Marion plays his real wife.

 

 

Checker Comedies (Pathé)

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BW and 2 reels (17-22 minutes)

 

  • The Salesman (George Le Maire) / © July 27, 1929 With Frank T. Davis & Helen Eby-Rock. No experience in car sales does not stop a salesman with a lady customer

  • The Smooth Man (Monte Carter) / October 29, 1929 With Frank T. Davis & Ealyn Knapp

  • His Operation (Bradley Barker) / November 24, 1929 Charles Kempar is a musical entertainer forced to have an appendicitis operation against his wishes. Evalyn Kapp co-stars.

  • All Stuck Up (George Lemaire) / © January 18, 1930 (filmed '29) Wallpaper slapstick with Charles Howard, Evalyn Knapp, Harry McNaughton & Lester Dorr

  • Rich Uncles (Fred Guiol) / © May 4, 1930 Uncle is confused about which man his niece is marrying. With Richard Carle, Addie McPhail & others

  • America Or Bust (Harry Delmar) / July 27, 1930 A very British artist struggles at Ellis Island. With Daphne Pollard, Jimmy Aubrey, Buster Slaven

  • One Nutty Night (Loose Screws) (Wallace Fox) / © August 13, 1930 Amateur detectives tackle a lunatic. With Si Wills, Bob Carney & Lew Kelly

  • Dance With Me (Charles Lamont) / October 5, 1930 Antics at a druck drivers' ball. Arthur Wanzer, Maybelle Palmer, Helen Ainsworth & others

  • Stage Struck (Al Ray) / © January 25, 1931 (filmed '30) Walter Catlett & Heinie Conklin

  • Chasing Trouble (Fred Guiol) / © April 26, 1931 A wife's preparations for a bridge party are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of her husband. Dot Farley & Franklin Pangborn

 

 

Chic Sale Comedies (RKO)

Directed by Mark Sandrich

BW and 2 reels (19-22 minutes)

 

He also made shorts for Fox, Warner-Vitaphone and MGM as another “rural” type, along with numerous feature appearances stretching back to the teens. He unfortunately passed away too soon at age 51.

 

  • The County Seat / August 15, 1931 With Bud Jamison

  • Cow Slips / September 19, 1931 The co-star is a well trained bovine

  • Many A Sip / © December 19, 1931

  • Ex-Rooster / January 20, 1932 Farmyard comedy with... you name the bird. With Bud Jamison

  • A Hurry Call (Mark Sandrich) / 1 reel / © March 10, 1932

  • A Slip At The Switch / © April 9, 1932 Station gatekeeper switches with a ticket agent and gets robbed by tramps. With Charlie Hall

 

 

Chick Chandler Comedies (RKO)

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Co-starring Tom Kennedy

BW and 2 reels (19-22 minutes)

 

More familiar today as a character actor popping up in many familiar features and TV shows (i.e. Blood Money, I Wake Up Screaming, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, an episode here and there in I Love Lucy and Bonanza, etc.)

 

  • Unlucky Strike (Ben Holmes) / © August 17, 1934 The boys at a bowling alley

  • The Big Mouthpiece (Fred Guiol) / November 9, 1934 Kennedy troubled by a lawyer and a Dumb Dora driver.

  • Horse Heir (Fred Guiol) / © February 1, 1935

  • Raised And Called (Fred Guiol) / © March 22, 1935 Chandler persuades buddy Kennedy to get a raise at work by pretending to be married... and fooling the boss when he visits for dinner with a neighbor blonde playing the wife role.

     

 

Children of All Lands (Films of Commerce/Pathé)

Directed by Madeline Brandeis

BW / silent and 15 minutes approx.

 

Based on a book series that the director was also involved in, with some footage shot in Europe.

 

  • Wee Scotch Piper / November 18, 1928 Tale of a Scotland boy

  • Bah, The Little Indian Weaver / January 8, 1929 (completed '28) Profiles a Navajo child. (Viewable on the Internet Archive)

  • Little Dutch Tulip Girl / January 14, 1929 (completed '28) Filmed in Holland

  • The Little Swiss Wood-Carver / January 14, 1929 (completed '28) Filmed in Switzerland

 

 

Chronicles of America (Yale University/Pathé)

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BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.) and three at 3 reels (under 30 minutes)

 

Mix of travelogue and reenactments detailing the founding of this country. Pathé and Educational Pictures both cornered the market in short documentaries during the twenties.

 

  • Columbus (Arthur E. Krows) / © April 2, 1923

  • Jamestown (Roswell Dague) / © May 14, 1923

  • Vincennes (William Basil Courtney & Edwin L. Hollywood) / © November 8, 1923

  • Daniel Boone (Claude H. Mitchell; writer: Esther Willard Bates) / © December 24, 1923

  • The Frontier Woman (Webster Campbell; writer: Nathaniel Wright Stephenson) / 3 reels / January 27, 1924

  • Wolf And Montcalm (Kenneth Webb) / March 23, 1924

  • Gateway To The West (Kenneth Webb; writer: William Basil Courtney) / 3 reels / April 20, 1924

  • Peter Stuyvesant (Frank Tuttle; writer: William Basil Courtney) / 3 reels / February 24, 1924

  • The Pilgrims (Edwin L. Hollywood; writer: William Basil Courtney) / May 18, 1924

  • Declaration Of Independence (Kenneth Webb; writer: William Basil Courtney) / June 15, 1924

  • Yorktown (Webster Campbell; writer: Nathaniel Wright Stephenson) / July 13, 1924

  • The Puritans (Frank Tuttle; writer: Evangeline W, Andrews) / August 10, 1924

  • Alexander Hamilton (Kenneth Webb; writer: Allen Johnson) / September 7, 1924

  • Dixie (Webster Campbell; writer: Martha Tucker Stephenson) / October 5, 1924

  • The Eve Of The Revolution (Kenneth Webb; writer: George Pierce Baker & James P. Munroe) / November 2, 1924

 

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Clark & McCullough Comedies (RKO)

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Starring Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough

BW and 2 reels (19-22 minutes)

 

Although the untimely death of one star in 1936 ended their career as a possible alternative to The Marx Brothers, their zany fast-talk and breaking-the-third-wall style of comedy (Bobby sporting fake glasses as a trade-mark not unlike Groucho's mustache) is still reasonably fresh for today's viewers. Previously they made some shorts for Fox and were tried out by RKO in 1930's Broadway Headliners (see also) before getting star billing above the series logo.

 

  • Iceman's Ball (Mark Sandrich) / August 13, 1932 The boys are confused as cops when they return a patrol car and take advantage of it Marx Brothers style. With James Finlayson, Fred Kelsey, Vernon Dent, Walter Bennan, Billy Franey, Shirley Chambrs & Betty Farrington

  • The Millionaire Cat (Mark Sandrich) / © October 21, 1932 A pair of pest exterminators cause havoc. With Nora Cecil, James Finlayson, Billy Franey, Anita Garvin & others

  • Jitters The Butler (Mark Sandrich) / December 30, 1932 Two street cleaners, fired by the commissioner for playing with fire-crackers on the job, are taken to his home to recuperate from a car accident by his wife. With James Finlayson & Dorothy Granger as the McPhinns, Robert Greig as the butler, along with Stuart Hlmes, Maude Truax & Gerald Barry

  • Hey, Nanny! Nanny! (Ben Holmes) / January 29, 1933 Two winder washers crash a party as magicians... and bring a goat. Nat Carr plays Burston the Magician. Also Thelma White, Sydney Jarvis & Monte Collins

  • Hokus Focus (Mark Sandrich) / March 3, 1933 With James Finlayson, Alf James, Julie Hayden & others

  • Druggist's Dilemna (Mark Sandrich & Bobby Clark) / May 23, 1933 The guys are zany soda jerks. This is one of their best films with surreal gags including a sundae served without a glass and stunt men performing in a horse costume many stories up in an alley way. James Finlayson & Cecil Cunningam play the Finches.

  • The Gay Nighties (Mark Sandrich) / © June 8, 1933 (date listed on screen 1932) A political candidate (John Sheehan) use Clark & McChullouh to "set up" a rival (James Finlayson) qith a forbidden woman. At first McCullough poses in drag. The hotel later becomes a free for all with sleepwalkers and cops invading with motorcycles. With Monte Collins, Dorothy Granger, Sandra Shaw & others

  • Kickin' The Crown Around (Sam White) / August 4, 1933 Smugglers are on the loose and a thriving black market in salami is plaguing the nation. Clark and McCullough are hired to catch the smugglers. They are soon up to their ears in salami. Ferdinand Munier plaus King Phooey, Leni Stengel the queen... along with Francis McDonald, Charles Irwin & Neal Burns.

  • Snug In A Jug (Ben Holmes) / September 20, 1933 Two ex-cons try to help their warden (Russ Powell) by tacking up wanted posters of their fugitive boss Slug Mulline (Harry Gribbon), who then swaps places with an Austrin criminologist (Anders Van Haden as "Professor Joachim Heimweh Eizenkopf". As expected, the antics get wild at a society party. Also cast: Harry Bowen, James C. Morton & Lelia Leslie.

  • Fits In A Fiddle (Sam White) / October 20, 1933 The boys pretend to be radio musicians. With Herman Bing, Barbaa Shelson, Spec O'Donnell & Armand Wright

  • Love And Hisses (Sam White) / © December 22, 1933 (general release: Jun 8, 1934) The boys hlp an eloping bride sneak away from mother's nose. Ferdinand Munier plays Judge Knott, Sumner Getchell as Hary Knott Jr., Maude Trauax and Vivian Reid as the Benders and Monte Collins as butler.

  • In The Devil's Doghouse (Bobby Clark) / February 2, 1934 (filmed '33) Two detectives are plagued by the practical joke-pulling president of a novelty toy company. With Tom Kennedy, Dorothy Granger, Bud Jamison & Jack Rice

  • Bedlam Of Beards (Ben Holmes) / April 13, 1934 With Gabby Hayes, Al Hill, Margaret Armstrong & Vivien Fields

  • Odor In The Court (Ben Holmes) / August 2, 1934 Lawyers Blackstone and Bodgett's try to settle a divorce in court, resulting in slapstick and comic lines not unlike the 3 Stooges' later classic DISORDER IN THE COURT. With Tom Kennedy, Helen Collins, Jack Rice, Lorin Raker & Gus Reed.

  • Everything's Ducky (Mark Sandrich) / October 19, 1934 The boys are pots and pans salesmen who somehow wind up as bumbling caterers, making a meal out of the client's pet duck. With Eddie Gribbon, Joyce Compton, Maude Truax & Phil Dunham

  • In A Pig's Eye (Ben Holmes & Bobby Clark) / December 28, 1934 Mayhem as tailors. Bud Jamison & Pearl Easton play the Tinkers, Richard Lancaster as The Laird of Loch Loo and Monte Collins is again a butler.

  • Flying Down To Zero (Ben Holmes) / April 19, 1935 Zany insurance salesmen seek customers. Eddie Gribbon & Constance Bergen co-star.

  • Ali Bye Bye (Ben Holmes) / June 14, 1935 One husband lies to his wife about a hunting trip, but sneaks off to Atlantic City, while she aims to go the same place.. and mayhem occurs at a hotel. Also a subplot involving a photographer who specializes in "cheating spouse" photos..With Dorothy Granger, Tom Kennedy, Bud Jamison, Constance Bergen, Doris McMahon & Harrison Greene.

 

 

Clyde Cook Comedies (Hal Roach/Pathé)

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Clyde Cook is a comedy veteran (his long face always looking defeated) whose credits continued into the sound era with the Bulldog Drummond series and many TV shows stretching through the sixties at least. (He died in 1984.)

 

  • Should Sailors Marry? (James Parrott & Jess Robbins) / November 8, 1924 With Noah Young, Oliver Hardy & others

  • Moonlight And Noses (Stan Laurel) / October 4, 1925 (filmed June-July) With Noah Young, James Finlayson & others

  • Should Soldiers Mary? (Jess Robbins) / November 8, 1925 (filmed Apr-Jun) With Noah Young, Fay Holderness & others

  • Starvation Blues (Richard Wallace) / December 13, 1925 (filmed September) Antics of two struggling street musicians. With Sid Crossley

  • What's The World Coming To? (Richard Wallace) / January 17, 1926 (filmed October-November '25)

  • Wandering Papas (Stan Laurel) / February 21, 1926 (filmed July-August '25) A chef goes to collect food for the bridge workers' dinner. With Oliver Hardy

  • Wife Tamers (James W. Horne) / March 28, 1926 (filmed December '25-January) With Lionel Barrymore & others

  • Scared Stiff (James W. Horne) / May 2, 1926 (filmed November '25) With Stuart Holmes

  • He Forgot To Remember (Len Powers & Tom Buckingham) / June 6, 1926 (filmed March-April) With Noah Young

 

 

Condor Musical (Condor/RKO)

Directed by Arthur Dreifuss

BW and 10 minutes

 

  • Frozen Affair / September 17, 1937 Ice skating ensemble

  • Murder In Swingtime / September 27, 1937 “All black” comedy with Les Hite & Orchestra

  • Prairie Swingaroo / © October 15, 1937 Featuring Pinky Tomlin

 

 

Curiosities (Walter F utter's Curiosities) (Amadee J. Van Beuren/FBO, Record Pictures/Pathé)

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Short documentaries inspired by Robert Ripley-like comic page installment. The first title even aped his rival, Robert Ripley.

 

  • No.1: Believe It Or Not / © September 26, 1928

  • No.2: Fishing And How / © October 10, 1928

  • No.3: Pets / © October 24, 1928

  • No.4: Facts And Fancies / © November 7, 1928

  • No.5: The Grab Bag / © November 21, 1928

  • No.6: The Landlord Blues / © December 5, 1928

  • No.8: Seeing's Believing / Dec 16, 1928 (Film Daily review)

  • No.7: Cash And Carry / © December 19, 1928

  • No.9: Potpouri / © January 16, 1929

  • No.10: Actualities / © January 30, 1929

  • No.11: Birds And Beasts / © February 13, 1929

  • No.12: Novelties / © February 27, 1929

  • No.13: Orients / © March 10, 1929

  • No.14: Nifties / © March 24, 1929

  • No.18: Follies Of Fashion / Mar 31, 1929 (Film Daily review)

  • No.15: Odd Facts / © April 7, 1929

  • No.16: Faces / © April 21, 1929

  • No.17: Here And There / © May 5, 1929

  • No.19: Odds And Ends / © June 5, 1929

  • No.21: Far And Near / © June 14, 1929

  • No.19-B: Money Makers / © June 16, 1929

  • No. 20: Wanderlings / © June 30, 1929

  • No. 22: Gleanings (Record Pictures) / -© July 22, 1929

  • No. 23: Women Only (Record Pictures) / © August 11, 1929

  • No. 24: Pedal Power (Record Pictures) / © August 29, 1929

  • No. 25: This And That (Record Pictures) / © September 11, 1929

 

 

Dan The Taxi Man (Mack Sennett Comedies/Pathé)

Directed by Del Lord

Starring Jack Cooper & Andy Clyde

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  • Taxi For Two / September 2, 1928 The usual taxi driver hijinks .Starring Otto Fries as foreman for Hoot Owl Garage. With Virginia Vance

  • A Taxi Scandal / October 28, 1928 Second in a short-lived series "Dan the Taxi Man", having troubles flirting around his wife. With Bud Jamison & Virginia Vance

  • Taxi Beauties / December 23, 1928

  • Taxi Spooks / February 17, 1929 (filmed '28, held back) With Glen Cavender

 

 

Dippy Dood-Dads (Hal Roach/Pathé)

Directed by Len Powers

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This was an odd-ball series featuring monkeys, geese, dogs and assorted other critters, sometimes wearing clothing like the later MGM “Dogville” series. The Warner Brothers short Orange Blossoms For Violet (with animation directors Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng involved) supposedly borrowed footage from this series in 1951.

 

  • Don't Flirt / May 20, 1923 (filmed January-February)

  • The Watch Dog / June 10, 1923 ((filmed February)

  • Be Honest / August 19, 1923 (filmed March-April)

  • Stepping Out / September 30, 1923 (filmed May-June) An additional film made at this time may not have been released.

  • The Knockout / October 28, 1923 (filmed June-July) Features a canine and capuchin monkey cast.

  • Go West / November 23, 1923 (filmed July)

  • Lovey Dovey / December 23, 1923 (filmed July)

  • The Bar Fly / December 31, 1923 (filmed September)

  • The Man Pays / February 17, 1924 (filmed September-October '23)

  • Love's Reward / March 16, 1924 (filmed October '23)

  • Our Little Nell / April 13, 1924 (filmed October-November '23)

  • North Of 50-50 / May 11, 1924 (filmed November '23-January)

  • Up And At 'Em / June 3, 1924 (filmed December '23-January '24)

 

 

Dumb-Bell Letters (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Featuring Juliet Lovell

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Real letters are read with humorous commentary

 

  • No.1 / June 22, 1934

  • No.2 / July 20, 1934

  • No.3 / August 17, 1934

  • No.4 / © September 17, 1934

  • No.5 / © October 26, 1934

  • No.6 / © November 23, 1934

  • No.7 / © December 13, 1934

  • No.8 / © December 13, 1934

  • No.9 / © January 18, 1935

  • No.10 / © February 1, 1935

  • No.11 / © February 15, 1935

  • No.12 / © February 18, 1935

  • No.13 / © February 18, 1935

  • No.14 / © March 18, 1935

  • No.15 / © March 19, 1935

  • No.16 / © March 28, 1935

  • No.17 / © May 6, 1935

  • No.18 / © May 13, 1935

  • No.19 / © May 22, 1935

  • No.20 / © June 8, 1935

  • No.21 / © January 3, 1936 (filmed '35)

  • No.22 / © February 3, 1936

  • No.23 / © March 2, 1936

  • No.24 / © April 24, 1936

  • No.25 / © June 22, 1936

  • No.26 / © July 18, 1936

 

 

E.B. Derr Comedy (Pathé)

Directed by Fred Guiol and featuring Nat Carr, Bud Jamison, Dot Farley, Spec O'Donnell, Ed Dearing & George Billings

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  • Traffic Tangle / © August 10, 1930

 

 

Easy Aces (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Directed by Russell Spalding & Gordon Ace

BE and 1 reel (8-10 minutes)

 

Goodman & Jane Ace were popular radio stars who brought an engaging commentary to a mix of documentary. human interest comedy sketches involving the two chit-chatting and, at one point, spoofed an old silent film serial. These were shot, like all of Van Beuran's product, in New York City economically. Warner-Vitaphone also made some shorts with them in the mid-thirties.

 

  • Pharoah Land / © February 11, 1935 The radio stars comment on Egyptian travel footage

  • Six Day Grind / © July 22, 1935

  • Unusualities / © August 23, 1935

  • Jolly Ol' London / © August 30, 1935

  • Tricks Of Trade / © September 6, 1935

  • A Capitol Idea / © October 4, 1935 Funny commentary on the US government with newsreel clips

  • A World Within / © November 1, 1935 Unique tour of international New York City

  • Etiquette / © November 29, 1935 The duo practice in a theater

  • Winter At The Zoo / © January 31, 1936

  • An Old Fashioned Movie / © February 28, 1936 Spoof narration for a vintage silent film.

  • Debonair New Orleans / © March 20, 1936

  • A Job's A Job / © April 24, 1936

  • Fool Your Friends / © June 19, 1936

 

 

Eddie Boland Comedies (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach; directed by Nicholas T. Barrows except where noted

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

Less famous today as a silent comedy star and more as a character actor in small roles for RKO features like King Kong and Flying Down to Rio.

 

  • The Love Lesson / April 3, 1921 ((filmed January) With Robert O'Connor, Wallace Howe, Jean Hope, Harold Adkins & others

  • Hobgoblins / April 17, 1921 ((filmed January) With Robert O'Connor, Wallace Howe, Jean Hope & others

  • Hurry West (Rolin Film/Pathé- Nicholas T. Barrows) / May 1, 1921 (filmed December '20-February) With Robert O'Connor, Wallace Howe, Jean Hope, Harold Adkins & others

  • A Straight Cook / May 15, 1921 ((filmed February)

  • Stop Kidding / August 28, 1921 ((filmed March)

  • On Their Way / September 11, 1921 (filmed June)

  • The C hink / September 25, 1921 ((filmed March) With Nicholas T. Barrows, Ernest Morrison, George Rowe, Charles Stevenson, Joseph White & others

  • Sweet Bye And Bye / October 9, 1921 (filmed June)

  • Late Hours / October 23, 1921 ((filmed March)

  • Good Morning, Judge / June 4, 1922 (filmed March '21)

  • The Non Skid Kid / June 11, 1922 (filmed February-March '21)

  • Many Happy Returns (Robert P. Kerr) / June 25, 1922 (filmed June '21)

  • The Late Lamented (Robert Eddy) / July 9, 1922 (filmed July '21) With James Parrott & Billy Gilbert

 

(For Hal Roach/Pathé)

 

  • Hold Everything (Leo McCarey & Fred Guiol, directors) / December 6, 1925 (filmed December '24-February) With Martha Sleeper & Katherine Grant

 

 

Edgar Jones Westerns (Holman Day Prod./Pathé)

Directed by Philip Carle

Starring Edgar Jones & Edna May Sperl

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Lochinvaro' The Line / © February 12, 1921 With Ben Hendricks Jr. & Charles Buckert

  • Two-Fisted Judge / February 13, 1921 With Ben Hendricks Jr.

  • Single-Handed Sam / February 27, 1921

  • Caught In The Rapids / March 13, 1921

  • The Timber Wolves / March 27, 1921

  • A Forest Samson / April 10, 1921

  • The Law Of The Woods / April 24, 1921

  • The Black Ace / August 14, 1921 With Charles Buckert

  • The V That Vanished / August 28, 1921

  • My Lady O' The Pines / September 11, 1921

  • Wings Of The Border / October 9, 1921

  • Brother Of The Bear / © October 12, 1921

  • The Flaming Trail / October 23, 1921

  • Cupid, Registered Guide / © November 2, 1921

  • Dangerous Dollars / © November 2, 1921

 

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Edgar Kennedy Comedies a.k.a. “Mr. Average Man” (RKO)

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One of RKO's most durable stars all the way until his sudden passing in 1948, Kennedy was famous for his “slow-burn” expression of defeat when dealing with his daffy wife (delightful, if squeaky, Florence Lake in many shorts) and annoying mother-in-law and brother-in-law. He was previously a Mack Sennett regular, then a Hal Roach regular (“Kennedy always gets his man” cop roles in “Our Gang” comedies included). Although I am a trifle more partial to the Leon Errol comedies of the same period, both series were beautifully polished two-reel comedies that invite much comparison to the the later sitcoms on TV with their domesticated settings and familiar plot-lines (like Ed attempting to fix a house or run a store much like Lucille Ball on the small screen later).

 

See also Melody Comedies for the unofficial entry Rough House Rhythm (1931)

 

  • Lemon Meringue (Harry Sweet) / August 3, 1931 Ed & family open a luncheonette, climaxing in a pie-throwing spree. Co starring Florence Lake, Dot Farley and William Eugene through 1934.

  • Thanks Again (Harry Sweet) / October 5, 1931 Edgar tries to build his own airplane. (Also Jerry Drew)

  • Camping Out (Harry Sweet) / December 14, 1931 A simple camping trip becomes a full-scale production. (Also Walter Catlett)

  • Bon Voyage (Harry Sweet) / February 22, 1932 The family is allowed on a cruise ship as long as they don't fight, per the steward. (Also Jerry Mandy, Renee Torres & Charlie Hall)

  • Mother-In-Law's Day (Harry Sweet) / April 25, 1932 Mother-in-law and Brother think Ed's crazy, but he's only acting for a birthday surprise. (Also Isabelle Withers, Eddie Boland, Georgie Billings & Andre Cheron)

  • Giggle Water (Harry Sweet) / June 27, 1932 The family find champaign and decide to build a boat to christen it. (Also Eddie Boland)

  • The Golf Chump (Harry Sweet) / August 5, 1932 The family destroys an exclusive golf course.

  • Parlor, Bedroom And Wrath (Harry Sweet) / October 14, 1932 The family rents an apartment from a "sweet old lady" who turns out to be an obnoxious pest. (Also Lucy Beaumont & Arthur Housman)

  • Fish Feathers (Harry Sweet) / December 16, 1932 The family goes fishing with disastrous results. (Also Maude Traux & Tom Kennedy)

  • Art In the Raw (Harry Sweet) / February 24, 1933 Art enthusiast Ed decides to move to Greenwich Village. (Also Franklyn Pangborn & Mona Ray)

  • The Merchant Of Menace (Harry Sweet) / April 21, 1933 (copyright date of '32) Brother gets a job as a sales clerk... and Ed winds up as owner of the store... with disastrous effects. (Also Nat Carr & Dorothy Granger)

  • Good Housewrecking (Harry Sweet) / June 16, 1933 The family take up interior decorating and demolish a stranger's home that they visited by mistake. Initial title INFERIOR DECORATIONS, it would be remade as INFERIOR DECORATORS. (Also Arthur Housman, Jane Darwell & Bud Jamison)

  • Quiet Please (George Stevens) / August 11, 1933 Ed takes Florence Lake on a business trip, but her family drives him crazy on the train. (Also Charles Dow Clark, Al Hill, Fred Kelsey & Bud Jamison)

  • What Fur (George Stevens) / November 3, 1933 Florence Lake buys a fur coat, while Ed has troubles with a blackmail photo. (Also Treva Lawler, Nat Carr & Charlie Hall)

  • Grin And Bear It (George Stevens) / December 29, 1933 The family confront an irate landlord on Ed's birthday. (Also Fred Kelsey)

  • Love On A Ladder (Sam White) / March 2, 1934 Florence Lake gets Ed to serenade her on the roof. (Also Jean Fontane)

  • Wrong Direction (Alfred J. Goulding) / May 18, 1934 Ed's family spoils his big chance at movie-directing. (Also Jean Fontane, Nat Carr & Bud Jamison)

  • In-laws Are Out (Sam White) / June 29, 1934 Florence Lake threatens divorce if Ed loses his temper again. (Also Jean Fontane)

  • A Blasted Event (Alfred J. Goulding) / September 7, 1934 Family tries to adopt a baby against Ed's wishes. By now Jack Rice had replaced William Eugene as wifie Florence Lake's brother. Dot Farley continues as Florence's mother.

  • Poisoned Ivory (Alfred J. Goulding) / November 16, 1934 The family thinks they've poisoned Ed. (Also William Augustine)

  • Brick-a-Brac (Sam White) / January 18, 1935 (filmed '34) The family tries to build a woodland cabin. (Also Walter Brennan)

  • South Seasickness (Arthur Ripley) / March 29, 1935 Ed plans to escape his family tor the South Seas. (Also Adrian Rosley)

  • Sock Me To Sleep (Ben Holmes) / May 17, 1935 Brother (Jack Rice) becomes a fight manager- using Ed's money. (Also Tom Kennedy)

  • Edgar Hamlet (Arthur Ripley) / July 5, 1935 A quiet day at home is interrupted by arguments over Shakespearean speeches.

  • In Love At 40 (Arthur Ripley) / August 30, 1935 Edgar falls in love with another woman. (Also Curly Wright)

  • Happy Tho' Married (Arthur Ripley) / November 1, 1935 Ed hires a double to pose as him for the family.

  • Gasoloons (Arthur Ripley) / January 3, 1936 (filmed '35) Setting up the hilarious "Kennedy's Super Service". (Also Charles Withers, Dickie Jones, Brandon Hurst & Pearl Eaton)

  • Will Power (Arthur Ripley) / March 6, 1936 Ed fakes a heart attack to encourage Brother to get a job and uses a dose of "mind over matter" yoga. He not only succeeds, he succeeds in losing his own job to Brother! (Also Kitty McHugh, Harrison Green & Harry Bowen)

  • High Beer Pressure (Leslie Goodwins) / May 8, 1936 The family starts a tavern against Ed's wishes. (Also Tiny Sanford)

  • Dummy Ache (Leslie Goodwins) / July 10, 1936 (Academy Award Nominee): Ed thinks wife Florence Lake is an adultress and murderer, not knowing she's only rehearsing for a play. This is the last short with the Florence Lake-Dot Farley-Jack Rice team for a while, as Ed would be teamed with others. Also featured here are Harry Bowen, George Lewis, Lucille Ball & Bobby Burns.

  • Vocalizing (Leslie Goodwins) / October 23, 1936 Edgar takes a singer home from her concert and, before long, he becomes her chauffeur. Remade with Leon Errol as SEEING NELLIE HOME.

  • Hillbilly Goat (Leslie Goodwins) / January 15, 1937 (filmed '36) Ed is a salesman in Ozark country and accidently comes between two sweethearts (Si Jenks & Fern Emmett).

  • Bad Housekeeping (Leslie Goodwins) / March 5, 1937 Ed and wife Vivien Oakland switch places. Frank Pangborn also stars.

  • Locks And Bonds (Leslie Goodwins) / April 15, 1937 Edgar thinks he made a fortune with his oil stock, but Florence did something with the paper certificates... uh oh! Remade as WALL STREET BLUES. (Les Adams) Billy Franey and Eddie Dunn are featured.

  • Dumb's The Word (Leslie Goodwins) / June 11, 1937 Ed accidently buries valuable gold in his neighbor's property. (With Vivien Oakland, Billy Franey & Eddie Dunn)

  • Tramp Trouble (Leslie Goodwins) / August 7, 1937 Kennedy bings home an injured tramp. (With Vivien Oakland, Blly Franey, Bill Benedict, Lloyd Ingraham & Ed Dunn)

  • Morning Judge (Leslie Goodwins) / September 24, 1937 Ed is brought to court for breaking into jail. Remade with Leon Errol as HOLD 'EM JAIL. (With Agnes Ayres, Billy Franey, George Irving, Harry Bowen & Bud Jamison)

  • Edgar & Goliath (Leslie Goodwins) / November 19, 1937 Edgar is offered $150 by a nurseryman for a tree on his property, but has tractor problems. Florence Lake is back as his wife here, with Billy Franey, Frank O'Connor, Dick Rush & Stanley Blystone

  • Ears Of Experience (Leslie Goodwins) / December 31, 1937 Ed consults a famous radio help specialist. (With Florence Lake, Billy Franey, Richard Lane, Jack Rice & Landers Stevens)

  • False Roomers (Leslie Goodwins) / March 26, 1938 A screwy roomer and Ed's uncle create havoc. (With Constance Bergen, Billy Franey, James Finlayson & Jack Rice)

  • Kennedy's Castle (Leslie Goodwins) / May 28, 1938 Three social events held at once bring havoc to Ed's home. (With Vivian Tobin, Ed Dunn, Billy Franey, J.P. McGowan & Bud Jamison)

  • Fool Coverage (Leslie Goodwins) / July 15, 1938 Trouble starts when Pop gets a drivers license. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Robert E. Keane & Max Wagner)

  • Beaux And Errors (Charles Roberts) / October 7, 1938 Getting Ed back “in shape”, Florence flirts with her old beau as he spends the weekend with them and exhausting Ed over a golf game. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Ed Dunn & Eva McKenzie)

  • A Clean Sweep (Charles Roberts) / December 2, 1938 Ed becomes a vacuum cleaner salesman. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Ed Dunn, John Dilson & Tiny Sandford)

  • Maid To Order (Charles Roberts) / January 27, 1939 (filmed '38) Ed uses a mail-order bride to get rid of his father-in-law. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Minerva Urecal & Tom Dempsey)

  • Clock Wise (Charles Roberts) / March 24, 1939 Pop's noisy mechanical clock is driving Edgar crazy. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Fred Kelsey, Harry Harvey & James Morton)

  • Baby Daze (Charles Roberts) / May 19, 1939 Ed thinks wife is expecting and builds an expensive nursery, not knowing that the "baby" is only a visiting one. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Don Brodie & Lillian Miles)

  • Feathered Pests (Charles Roberts) / July 14, 1939 Ed is trapped into baby-sitting by neighbor kids. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Eva McKenzie, Dix & Tim Davis, Sonnie Bupp)

  • Act Your Age (Charles Roberts) / October 6, 1939 Ed thinks he's being eased out of his job because he's getting old. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Robert Graves & Larry Steers)

  • Kennedy The Great (Charles Roberts) / December 8, 1939 Ed tries to be a magician. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Robert Graves, Barbara Jo Allen & Keith Kenneth)

  • Slightly Out To Sea (Harry D'Arcy) / February 9, 1940 (filmed '39) A vacation to Paradise Lodge proves a disaster. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Jack Rice, Robert Graves, Charlie Hall & Tiny Sandford)

  • Mutiny In The County (Harry D'Arcy) / May 3, 1940 Ed has to go to court on the one day of the year when the town is run by youngsters. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with James Horton & Fred Kelsey)

  • Taint Legal (Harry D'Arcy) / May 25, 1940 Father-in-law (Billy Franey) informs Edgar that he and Vivien (Vivien Oakland) are not legally married due to a legal technicality... AND just as he wins a radio show contest for the "happily married". The usual domestic complications erupt. With Arthur O'Connell as the reporter. Also Robert Graves.

  • Sunk By The Census (Harry D'Arcy) / September 6, 1940 Edgar is a census taker with another motivation: to get his father-in-law (Billy Franey) “hitched”. Don't ask how a cow also gets involved. Again, Vivien Oakland is his wife. Also Anita Garvin, Jody Gilbert & Clara Blore.

  • Trailer Tragedy (Harry D'Arcy) / October 18, 1940 A trailer vacation with both wife (Vivien Oakland) and father-in-law (Billy Franey) involves two men from the finance company out to repossess it. Also Tiny Sandford, Charlie Hall & Tom Dempsey.

  • Drafted In The Depot (Lloyd French) / December 20, 1940 Ed poses as a National Guard to sneak away on a hunting vacation. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey with Phil Arnold, Ralph Dunn, Frank O'Connor & Warren Jackson)

  • Mad About Moonshine (Harry D'Arcy) / February 21, 1941 (filmed '40) Pop (Billy Franey) thinks he's inherited a southern mansion, but it turns out to be a dump. Wife played by Vivien Oakland. Also Frank O'Connor & Kay Vallon.

  • It Happened All Night (Charles Roberts) / April 4, 1941 Edgar is a cop in a town involving crooks hiding loot, other crooks seeking it and government officials not far behind. (Featuring Vivien Oakland & Billy Franey, in his final appearance in the series, with Ernie Adams, Donald Kerr & Ed Foster)

  • An Apple In His Eye (Harry D'Arcy) / June 6, 1941 Edgar tries his hand at making pies for wife's (Vivien Oakland) charity bazaar with predictable results. Also Charlie Hall & Harry Harvey.

  • Westward Ho-Hum (Clem Beauchamp) / September 15, 1941 Sally Payne and Jack Rice are featured as wife and brother-in-law in the next six shorts. Edgar buys a restaurant in the desert, but meets up with two hoods (Glenn Strange and Ethan Laidlaw) in a ghost town.

  • I'll Fix That (I'll Fix It) (Charles Roberts) / October 7, 1941 Edgar decides to do a home plumbing job himself. (Besides Payne & Rice: John Dilson, Harry Harvey, Ken Christy, Charlie Hall, Curly Wright & Charlie Delaney)

  • A Quiet Fourth (Harry D'Arcy) bw-15+m-/ December 19, 1941 A 4th of July fireworks celebration in town is too much for his nerves, so he famil enjoy a hardly quiet time in the country. Sally Payne is his wife here. Charlie Hall also stars.

  • Heart Burn (Harry D'Arcy) / February 20, 1942 (filmed '41) A neighbor encourages Ed to fake a heart attack to get the family to do housework. Dot Farley returns as the mother-in-law after several years of absence. Also Archie Twitchell, Daryl Hickman & Roy Butler)

  • Inferior Decorator (Clem Beauchamp) / April 13, 1942 Semi remake of GOOD HOUSEWRECKING. Eddie Kane, Keith Hitchcock and Isabel LeMal play the unfortunate victims.

  • Cooks And Crooks (Henry James) / June 5, 1942 Detective Ed searches for gold in an old mansion. (Also Ann Summers, Marten Lamont, John Maguire, Lew Kelly & Lillian Randolph)

  • Two For The Money (Lloyd French) / August 14, 1942 Two shady characters and Florence Lake's goofy relatives spend the night with the Kennedy's. Florence Lake replaced Sally Payne as the wife so that the team is the same as the 1930s (Jack Rice & Dot Farley as Flo's family), along with a rather large cast here (Bryant Washburn, Mary Halsey, Gertrude Short, Johnny Berkes & Charlie Hall).

  • Rough On Rents (Ben Holmes) / October 30, 1942 Ed takes on a boarder to pay off a gambling debt, but wild parties and a police raid make it an experience he won't want to repeat. (Also Bud Jamison, Dorothy Granger, Martin Lamont, Charlie Hall & others)

  • Duck Soup (Ben Holmes) / December 18, 1942 Ed fears the family will bump him off for insurance.

  • Hold Your Temper (Lloyd French) / February 5, 1943 (filmed '42) Remake of IN-LAWS ARE OUT. Irene Ryan replaced Florence Lake as the wife for this and INDIAN SIGNS. Support to the team include Isabel LeMal, Eddie Drew, Marte Faust & Casey Johnson.

  • Indian Signs (Charles Roberts) / March 26, 1943 Wife becomes interested in the occult and Brother poses as a medium.

  • Hot Foot (Ben Holmes) / May 14, 1943 Ed fakes an illness to attend a prizefight without the brother-in-law, but mother-in-law gives him a foot bath to ail him... involving cement. Buddy Sam (Bud Jamison) tries to help with his drilling method. Pauline Drake plays Ed's wife here and in three consecutive Kennedy shorts. Jimmy Farley also stars.

  • Not On My Account (Charles Roberts) / September 17, 1943 Ed tries to return an expensive coat to the store.

  • Unlucky Dog (Ben Holmes) / November 12, 1943 Ed is fooled by brother-in-law in spending $500 for a talking dog that doesn't, but Ed insists on making him a radio star. (Also Harrison Green, Mary Jane Halsey & Eddie Borden)

  • Prunes And Politics (Ben Holmes) / January 7, 1944 (filmed '43) Edgar is running for county supervisor against mother-in-law but get caught up in his dirty political tricks (one involving mice loose in a ladies' meeting). Additional cast: Hugh Beaumont, Harrison Green, Barbara Hale & Russell Wade

  • Love Your Landlord (Charles Roberts) / March 3, 1944 (filmed '43) The family has moving problems. Florence Lake returns as his wife, joining the team of Dot Farley and Jack Rice as his family (although they are NOT in this particular title) for all remaining shorts of the series through 1948. Additional cast: Claire Carleton, Tom Kennedy, Russell Hopton, Lloyd Ingraham, Bud Jamison, Harry Harvey, Harry Tyler & Emory Parnell.

  • Radio Rampage (Charles Roberts) / March 28, 1944 Title refers to Ed's attempt to fix both radio... and house. (Additional cast: Tom Kennedy, Russell Hopton, Charlie Hall, Mary Van Halsey, Emory Panell & Lee Trent)

  • Kitchen Cynic (Hal Yates) / June 25, 1944 Family disasters in the kitchen. No Dot Farley here.(Also Sarah Edwards, Emory Parnell, Teddy Infuhr & Bert Moorehouse)

  • Feather Your Nest (Hal Yates) / October 23, 1944 A chicken swallows an engagement ring Ed bought so his brother in-law can marry. (Also Emory Parnell, Maxine Semon, Lee Trent & Bryant Washburn)

  • Alibi Baby (Hal Yates) / January 5, 1945 (filmed '44) Florence "borrows" a baby to test Ed's paternal instinct. (No Dot Farley and Jack Rice here. Also Emory Parnell, Mierva Urecal, Jim Jordan Jr & Sammy Blum)

  • Sleepless Tuesday (Hal Yates) / February 23, 1945 (filmed '44) Edgar's mother-in-law's radio-playing keeps him awake. (Also Edmund Glover, Carl Kent & Sam Blum)

  • What, No Cigarettes? (Hal Yates) / July 13, 1945 The family pleases Brother's uncle in order to get him nto a business. (Large additional cast includes Jason Robards Sr., Emory Parnell, Jimmy Conlin & others)

  • It's Your Move (Hal Yates) / August 10, 1945 Similar to Laurel and Hardy's silent, HATS OFF, by the director of that film, Hal Yates. The family has two weeks to buy the house from the landlord. (Also Maxine Semon, Larry Wheat, Gwen Crawford, Edmund Glover & Sam Blum)

  • You Drive Me Crazy (Hal Yates) / September 7, 1945 Brother-in-law borrows Ed's... resulting in all kinds of havoc. (No Dot Farley here, but also Emory Parnell, Eddie Kane, Dick Elliott, Betty Gillette & Jack Wheat)

  • The Big Beef (Charles Roberts) / October 19, 1945 Edgar invites his boss home for a steak dinner but wind up with a live steer. (Also Emory Parnell, Harry Harvey, Eddie Kane, Bob Manning, Paul Brooks & Tom Noonan)

  • Mother-In-Law's Day (Hal Yates) / December 7, 1945 Ed impresses his boss by being "nice" to his mother-in-law. (Also Dick Elliott, Sarah Edwards & Bess Flowers)

  • Trouble Or Nothing (Hal Yates) / January 25, 1946 (filmed '45) Edgar loses $900 at the race track and ties to avoid a bookie henchman while trying to con a banker for a loan. (Also Dick Elliott, Harry Woods, Joe Devlin & Harry Harvey)

  • Wall Street Blues (Hal Yates) / July 12, 1946 A remake of 1937's LOCKS AND BONDS. (Also Robert Smith, Charlie Hall, Ralph Dunn & Hary Strang)

  • Motor Maniacs (Wallace Grissell) / July 26, 1946 Edgar learns that an old flame (Tom Kennedy) of his mother-in-law is coming to claim his bride. Meanwhile, his brother-in-law invests in an outboard motor the suitor may help finance.

  • Noisy Neighbors (Hal Yates) / September 20, 1946 Brother keeps Ed's neighbor awake fixing the car. (Also Dick Wessel & Harry Harvey)

  • I'll Build It Myself (Hal Yates) bw-15+m-/ October 18, 1946 Ed decides to build a room himself to save money. (Alos Jason Robards, Harry Strang & Robert Bray)

  • Social Terrors (Charles Roberts) / December 18, 1946 Edgar Kennedy has two problems going at once; a feud with a neighboring singer, and a landlord trying to evict. (Also Chester Clute, Phyllis Kennedy, Paul Maxey & Vivien Oakland)

  • Do Or Diet (Hal Yates) / February 10, 1947 (filmed '46) Edgar's boss gives him a few days off as a reward for being promoted. The family thinks he has been fired because he's too fat and get him into "reducing". (Also Dick Wessel, Cy Ring, Bryant Washburn & Jason Robards)

  • Heading For Trouble (Hal Yates) / June 20, 1947 A camping trip with a new trailer becomes a disaster. (Also Lee Frederick & Robert Bray)

  • Host To A Ghost (Hal Yates) / July 18, 1947 Edgar house hunts for his brother-in-law and winds up with the haunted Parkhurst home with ghost Mr. Parkhurst (Chester Clute), actually pretending to be dead in order to hide from his wife (Ida Moore).

  • Television Turmoil (Hal Yates) / August 15, 1947 Edgar decides to save some money by putting together a do-it-yourself television set. (Also Eddie Dunn, Hal K. Dawson & Dick Elliott)

  • Mind Over Mouse (Hal Yates) / November 21, 1947 Ed chases a mouse, but mother-in-law thinks he is chasing Florence and out to kill her and get the cops involved. Worse: Ed gets stuck in a plaster job.

  • Brother Knows Best (Hal Yates) / January 2, 1948 (filmed '47) Edgar is conned by Florence to write her brother a check since he can't fess up about being broke. He later tries to stop it at the bank and pawn her bracelet in secret. Only brother-in-law already did something with the real bracelet by substituting a fake one.

  • No More Relatives (Hal Yates) / February 6, 1948 (filmed '47) Ed gets Florence's in-laws out of the house.. finally. Yet brother has a plan of getting an "uncle" of Ed's (Walter Long) to get the two to accept more relatives in the house.

  • How To Clean House (Charles Roberts) / May 14, 1948 Avoiding maid service, Ed tries to prove he can clean up a house in three hours. Maid played by Iris Adrian.

  • Dig That Gold (Hal Yates) / June 25, 1948 A battle with a neighbor over a pickett fence that Edgar think he can resolve with “buried treasure” on the neighbor's property. (Also Robert Bray & Dick Wessel)

  • Home Canning (Hal Yates) / August 16, 1948 (filmed May) Edgar and the family makes a mess attempting the jelly business. With Charlie Hall as a painter and Vivien Oakland as the unfortunate Mrs. Parker (owning the kitchen)

  • Contest Crazy (Hal Yates) / October 1, 1948 Florence Lake has entered and won a radio contest sponsored by the company Edgar works for, but the contest has a rule against employees or family members winning. Florence, determined to collect her prize, schemes to get Edgar fired. (Les Adams) Paul Maxey plays Ed's boss. Also Harry Harvey has a key role.

 

 

FBO Featurettes (Standard Photoplay/FBO)

BW / silent and 2 reels

 

Not too certain about these apart from release dates.

 

  • The Wonderful Chance / June 1, 1924

  • Sauce For The Goose / July 2, 1924

  • A Pair Of Silk Stockings / August 1, 1924

  • The Fighter / September 1, 1924

 

 

Famous Jury Trials (RKO)

Directed by J. H. Lenauer & Jay Bonafield

BW and 2 reels (18-19 minutes)

 

Not sure of the credits, but these were dramatic recreations of famous trials in history. Audience members get to decide a verdict of guilty or not.

 

  • State Vs. Glen Willet / September 18, 1942

  • State Vs. Thomas Crosby / November 13, 1942

 

 

Famous Melodies (FitzPatrick Pictures/Pathé)

Directed by James A. FitzPatrick

Featuring Peggy Shaw

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.

 

A few years before his Traveltalks, FitzPatrick made these little music sing-a-longs in which the music had to be live in accompaniment.

 

  • Songs Of Ireland / January 23, 1926

  • Songs Of Scotland / March 7, 1926

  • Songs Of The Northern States / May 2, 1926

  • Songs Of Central Europe / May 30, 1926

  • Songs Of Spain / June 27, 1926

  • Songs Of Italy / July 25, 1926

  • Songs Of France / August 22, 1926

 

 

Fat Man Comedies (Standard Photoplay/FBO)

Produced by Joe Rock (1925-27) and Larry Darmour (1927-28)

Directors listed in ()

Starring Frank Alexander, Hilliard Karr & Kewpie Ross

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

Clearly inspired by the earlier Fatty Arbuckle comedies, these are not too-too bad. At least the cast was having fun.

 

  • Ton of Fun in Tailoring (Tailoring) (James D. Davis) / September 6, 1925

  • Three Wise Goofs (James D. Davis) / October 4, 1925

  • On The Links (James D. Davis) / November 1, 1925

  • All Tied Up (Slim Summerville) / November 25, 1925.

  • All Out (Slim Summerville) / December 21, 1925

  • In the Air (Slim Summerville) / January 24, 1926 (F- '25)

  • Heavy Love (Scott Pembroke) / February 21, 1926

  • A Beauty Parlor (---) / March 21, 1926

  • Honeymoon Feet (Francis Corby) / April 18, 1926.

  • Heavy Parade (Gilbert Pratt) / May 16, 1926.

  • Three Of A Kind (Harry Sweet) / June 13, 1926

  • Wedding Daze / July 11, 1926.

  • Back Fire (Scott Pembroke) / August 6, 1926

  • Galloping Ghosts (Ralph Ceder) / September 20, 1926

  • Heavy Fullbacks (Francis Corby) / October 18, 1926

  • Vulgar Yachtsmen (Marcel Perez) / November 15, 1926

  • Heavyation (Francis Corby) / December 13, 1926

  • Three Glad Men (Gilbert Pratt) / January 10, 1927 (F- '26)

  • Unsocial Three (Gilbert Pratt) / February 7, 1927

  • Old Tin Sides (Gilbert Pratt) / March 7, 1927

  • You're Next (Gilbert Pratt) / April 4, 1927

  • Heavy Hikers (Gilbert Pratt) / May 2, 1927

  • What Price Dough (Gilbert Pratt) / May 30, 1927

  • How High Is Up (Gilbert Pratt) / June 27, 1927

  • Campus Romeos (Gilbert Pratt) / July 25, 1927

  • Wanderers Of The Waistline (first with Larry Darmour; Albert Herman) / September 11, 1927

  • Tanks Of The Wabash (Albert Herman) / October 10, 1927

  • Fleshy Devils (Albert Herman) / November 14, 1927

  • Three Missing Links (Albert Herman) / December 12, 1927

  • Panting Papas (Albert Herman) / January 9, 1928 (F- '27)

  • Oui! Oui! Heidelberg (Albert Herman) / February 13, 1928

  • The Happy Trio (Earl Montgomery) / March 12, 1928

  • All Alike (Earl Montgomery) / April 9, 1928.

  • Big Berthas (Earl Montgomery) / May 14, 1928

  • Heavy Infants (Earl Montgomery) / June 11, 1928

  • Standing Pat (Earl Montgomery) / July 9, 1928

  • A Joyful Day (Earl Montgomery) / August 14, 1928.

 

 

The Fighting Blood ( Robertson-Cole Pictures/FBO)

Directed by Malcolm St. Clair & Henry Lehrmen

Starring George O'Hara

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

These were boxing dramas starring O'Hara

 

  • The Fighting Blood / February 18, 1923 (© January 11) With Clara Horton, Kit Guard, Al Cooke, Larry McGrath & others

  • The Knight In Gale / March 4, 1923 (© January 11) With Kit Guard & Al Cooke

  • The Knight That Failed / March 13, 1923

  • Six Second Smith / March 18, 1923 With Leach Cross

  • Two Stones With One Punch / April 1, 1923 With Clara Horton

  • Some Punches And Judy / April 15, 1923 With Joe Rivers & Ad Wolgast

  • Gall Of The Wild / April 29, 1923

  • A Grim Fairy Tale / May 4, 1923

  • Christopher Columbus / May 22, 1923

  • The End Of A Perfect Fray / June 24, 1923 With Clara Horton

  • When Gale And Hurricane Meet / July 8, 1923 With Norman Selby

  • Judy Punch / July 22, 1923 With Clara Horton

  • Long Live The Ring / © August 4, 1923

  • She Supes To Conquer / © August 5, 1923

  • So This Is Hollywood / © August 20, 1923

  • The Three Orphans / © September 24, 1923

  • The Taming Of The Shrewd / © September 30, 1923

  • Wages Of Cinema / © October 14, 1923

  • A Comedy Of Terrors / © October 28, 1923

  • The Merchant Of Menace / © November 10, 1923

  • A Midsummer Night's Scream / © November 24, 1923

  • Babes In The Bollywoods / © December 9, 1923

  • Beauty And The Feast / © December 17, 1923

  • The Switching Hour / © December 22, 1923

 

 

Fighting Heart (FBO)

Directed by Ralph Cedar

Starring Alberta Vaughn & Larry Kent

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Roll Your Own / March 1, 1926

  • It's A Buoy / March 14, 1926

  • Plane Jane / March 28, 1926

  • Sock Me To Sleep / April 11, 1926

  • Smouldering Tires / April 25, 1926

  • Whiskering Chorus / May 9, 1926

  • The Lightning Slider / May 22, 1926

  • The Big Charade / June 5, 1926

  • Up And Wooing / June 20, 1926

  • When Sally's Irish Rose / July 4, 1926

  • Twelve Smiles Out / July 18, 1926

  • All's Swell That Ends Swell / August 1, 1926 With Kit Guard, Al Cooke & Grant Withers

 

 

Fite (Hal Roach/Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

Starring Earl Mohan & Billy Engle

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • One At A Time (---) / April 20, 1924 (filmed December '23)

  • Before Taking (Ralph Cedar) / June 1, 1924 ((filmed March) With James Finlayson & George Rowe

  • Fast Black (Tay Garnett) / June 15, 1924 (filmed March-April) With Noah Young

  • Grief In Bagdad (Hal Roach) / May 10, 1925 (filmed April-May '24) With Katherine Grant

  • The Bouncer (Ralph Cedar) / August 2, 1925 (filmed Jan '24)

  • The Big Kick (Fred Guiol) / September 27, 1925 (filmed Jan '24) With Noah Young

  • Solid Ivory (Ralph Cedar) / October 11, 1925 (filmed Feb '24)

  • All Wool (Hal Roach) / October 25, 1925 (filmed April)

 

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Flicker Flashbacks (RKO-Pathé)

Produced by Frederic Ullman Jr. and directed by Richard Fleischer

BW, 7-9 minutes each

 

These featured silent film clips edited with funny commentary. The earliest entries were fairly serious and nostalgic, much like Paramount's “Screen Snapshots” of a decade earlier but later entries featured more ridicule of the older material since moviegoers of the forties needed to be entertained in a more contemporary way.

 

  • No.1 / September 3, 1943 This first of a popular series semi-spoofing old silent films. Actually, this entry is more straightforward than later ones, spotlighting Pathé newsreel footage of traffic in 1908, D.W. Griffith's "Rescued from an Eagle's Nest" and vintage Fatty Arbuckle from Keystone days.

  • No.2 / October 1, 1943 Bathing beauty parade from 1900 / "Goodness Gracious" with Clara Kimball Young & Sidney Drew / D.W. Griffith's "A Drunkard's Reformation"

  • No.3 / October 29, 1943 Griffith's "The Lonesdale Operator" / 1910 Easter fashions / "Power of Innocence"

  • No.4 / November 26, 1943 "Saved by Himself or The Curse of the Cigarette" / "A Race for Millions" / vintage beauty contest

  • No.5 / December 24, 1943 Spotlights Charlie Chaplin in "Police", also early Mary Pickford in "A Lonely Villa".

  • No.6 / January 21, 1944 (Compiled '43) Griffith's "At the Crossroads of Life" / William S. Hart in "The Fugitive"

  • No.7 / February 18, 1944 Edison films "Cards and Crime" & "To Dukes and a Duchess" / Charlie Murray in "Mr. Fixit" or "The Plumber"

  • Series 2, No. 1 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / September 15, 1944 early Chaplin in "Dough and Dynamite" / "The Doctor's Bride or An Evil Thought Thwarted"

  • Series 2, No. 2 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / October 27, 1944 "Fate of an Artist's Model" (1903) / "Pull Down the Curtain, Susie" (1904) / "The Sealed Room" or " A Ghastly Revenge" with Henry B. Walthall

  • Series 2, No. 3 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / December 1, 1944 vintage 1906 melodrama / early clips of Florence Tuner, Francis X. Bushman, Wallace Reid, Maurice Costello & Mary Pickford / Harry Carey & Blanche Sweet in "Broken Ways"

  • Series 2, No. 4 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / January 19, 1945 (Compiled '44) "The Banker's Daughter" (Biograph 1910) / Pathe news footage of 1906 New York / "Two Paths" (Biograph 1911)

  • Series 2, No. 5 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / March 2, 1945 "Confidence or the Romance of a Beautiful Nurse" / "A Girl and Her Trust" / assorted shots of Rudolf Valentino, Theda Bara & Lon Chaney

  • Series 2, No. 6 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / April 13, 1945 "Professional Jealousy" or "Gay Life Backstage" / a spotlight on John Bunny, Flora Finch, Lloyd Hamilton, Louise Fazenda, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton & other comedy stars / Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish & Harry Carey in vintage hobo drama

  • Series 2, No. 7 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / May 25, 1945 Charlie Chaplin "The Floorwalker" / "Message of the Violin"

  • Series 3, No. 1 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / September 14, 1945 Biograph "The Revolutionist's Revenge" (1905) / "The Goddess of Sagebrusg Gulch" with Blanche Sweet

  • Series 3, No. 2 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / October 19, 1945 "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight" / "His Duty" or "The Policeman's Dilemna"

  • Series 3, No. 3 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / November 23, 1945 "Falsely Accused" or "Justice Triumphs" / "A Woman's Revenge" with Owen Moore

  • Series 3, No. 4 (narrator: Ward Wilson) / December 28, 1945 1908-09 Biograph: "Winning Back His Love" or "A Wife's Tragedy" / "The Message of the Violin"

  • Series 3, No. 5 (narrator: Knox Manning) / February 1, 1946 (completed '45) Biograph "The Usurer" or "Money Is Not All" (1908) / Blanche Sweet in 1909

  • Series 3, No. 6 (narrator: Knox Manning) / March 8, 1946 Vitagraph's 1909 version of "Romeo and Juliet" / Biograph's "A Quirk of Fate" with Blanche Sweet

  • Series 3, No. 7 (narrator: Knox Manning) / April 12, 1946

  • Series 4, No. 1 (narrator: Knox Manning) / September 13, 1946 Biograph "The Wanderer" (1909) with Lionel Barrymore & Heny B. Walthall / "Wages of Sin"

  • Series 4, No. 2 (narrator: Knox Manning) / October 25, 1946 Includes a 1907 version of Henry III and 1910's "The Confederate Ironclad".

  • Series 4, No. 3 (narrator: Knox Manning) / December 6, 1946 "The Admiral's Message" & Pathé "The Sheik's Wife" (dated 1908)

  • Series 4, No. 4 (narrator: Knox Manning) / January 17, 1947 (Completed '46) Includes "Plot Against the Duke" (1906) and "Curse of Drink" (Pathé 1908)

  • Series 4, No. 5 (narrator: Knox Manning) / February 28, 1947 (Completed '46) More vintage Pathé material: "The Beggar's Coin" (1907) and "The Venetians Revenge"

  • Series 4, No. 6 (narrator: Knox Manning) / April 11, 1947 Features Carol Holloway in "The Violinist" (1914)

  • Series 4, No. 7 (narrator: Knox Manning) / May 23, 1947 Includes news footage of Sarah Bernhart returning to New York after entertaining troops in France / Miss Ruth Law in airplane / Palm Beach Florida swimming fashions

  • Series 5, No. 1 (narrator: Knox Manning) / October 24, 1947 D.W. Griffith's "The Last Deal" with Owen Moore / "Behind the Blockade" with Mary Pickford & Owen Moore

  • Series 5, No. 2 (narrator: Knox Manning) / December 5, 1947 "A Mile-a-Minute" from "The Hazards of Helen" serial / "Weighed in the Balance" (1911)

  • Series 5, No. 3 (narrator: Knox Manning) / January 16, 1948 D.W. Griffith's "Saved from Himself" / Alice Guy Blaché's "Never Too Late to Mend"

  • Series 5, No. 4 (narrator: Knox Manning) / February 27, 1948 Includes Biograph "Victim Of Fate" from 1908 and "A Cadet's Honor" (1910)

  • Series 5, No. 5 (narrator: Knox Manning) / April 9, 1948 D.W. Griffith's "The Criminal Hypnotist" / "The Innkeeper's Daughter" (1910)

  • Series 5, No. 6 (narrator: Knox Manning) / May 21, 1948 "Caught by Wireless" (1908) / "Eldora the Fruit Girl" (1911)

  • Series 5, No. 7 (narrator: Knox Manning) / July 2, 1948 D.W. Griffith's "For a Wife's Honor" / Harry Houdini in "The Master Mystery"

 

 

Floyd Gibbon's Supreme Thrills (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Directed by Arthur Hurley)

BW, 11 minutes each

 

In 1931, the popular radio announcer/adventure seeker launched an ambitious attempt to cover in depth The Great War of 1914-18 thanks to exciting newsreel footage collected over the past decade. However something happened with his contract with Pathé that prompted a sudden halt after episode 2. This was a pity too, because both completed films got rave reviews from the critics. (Later Gibbons headed another dramatic series, with actors recreating “true adventures”, for Vitaphone-Warner Brothers.)

 

  • The Great Decision / © August 27, 1931 Mini biopic on Woodrow Wilson.

  • Turn Of The Tide / September 14, 1931 Covers a key war battle of July 18, 1918

 

 

Folly (Follies) Comedies (Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

BW and 2 reels (18-22 minutes)

 

  • Fancy That (Philip Tannura) / September 22, 1929 Starring William Frawley & Earl Dewey. Two hobos become millionaires

  • So This Is Marriage? (Bradley Barker) / © October 8, 1929 Starring Guy Noyer, Norma Pallet & Earl Dewey. A wife and a fellow couple trick her husband into thinking she's fooling around in order to liven up their marriage

  • The Beauty Spot (Walter Brooks) / © February 16, 1930 Starring Doris Dawson, Bob Carney, Eddie Elkins & Orchestra. Two detectives identify a heiress by her thigh "mark"

  • Two Fresh Eggs (Monte Carter) / © August 6, 1930 Starring Al St John, Jimmy Aubrey & others. Disasters in a restaurant

  • The Boss's Orders (Fred Guiol) / August 2, 1930 (preview) Starring Gene Morgan & Addie McPhail. Married salesmen get into trouble with French ladies. With Arthur Hoyt, Gertrude Astor, Meeks Aldrich, Ninette Faro & Dick Stewart

  • Help Wanted Female (Ralph Ceder) / January 11, 1931 (filmed '30) Starring Daphne Pollard, Arthur Housman & Edgar Kennedy. A new housekeeper, her son, and two not-too-bright burglars wreak havoc at a doctor's office.

  • Disappearing Enemies (Fred Guiol) / © March 1, 1931 Starring Rex Bell, Dorothy Farley, Marion Shockney & others. Newlyweds try hooking up their aunt and uncle

  • Parents Wanted (Fred Guiol) / © March 15, 1931 Starring Edward McWade, Marion Shockney, Ethel Wales & others. A youth deceives his boss into giving him a rise on the grounds that he has to support invalid parents. When he wishes to marry the boss's niece, he has to find a mother and father.

  • The Gossipy Plumber (Charles Lamont) / May 17, 1931 Starring Arthur Wanzer, Vivien Oakland, Robert Graves, Alt At & Bud Jamison

 

 

Football Sense (John L. Hawkinson/Pathé)

Directed by Grantland Rice & Chick Meehan

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.

 

A spin-off series from the Grantland Rice Sportlights (qv)

 

  • The Forward Pass / © October 13, 1927

  • The Lateral Pass / © October 16, 1927

  • The Kick / © October 20, 1927

  • Football Field Officials / © October 26, 1927

  • The Defensive Ends / © January 17, 1928

  • The Defensive Half Backs / © January 17, 1928

  • The Defensive Lines / © January 17, 1928

  • The Fair Catch / © January 17, 1928

 

 

Four Star Comedies: see Radio Comedies

 

 

Frank McHugh Comedies (RKO-Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

BW and 2 reels (18-20 minutes)

 

  • Pete Burke Reporter (Harry Sweet) / © June 6, 1931

  • That's News To Me ( Avrid Gilstrom) / © July 6, 1931

  • The Hot Spot (Don Gallaher) / September 14, 1931 Co-starring George Cooper . Young reporter persuades brother-in-law to impersonate notorious criminal so he may keep his job and win a reward.

  • Extra! Extra! (Harry Sweet) / October 9, 1931 (Film Daily review) A drunk newspaper man attends a séance. With Ralph Ince, Frank Austin & Jerry Mandy

  • The Big Scoop (Harry Sweet) / November 16, 1931

  • The News Hound (Harry Sweet) / January 25, 1932 (filmed '31)

 

 

Gay Girls Comedies (RKO-Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

Starring June MacCloy, Marion Shilling & Gertrude Short

BW and 2 reels (18-20 minutes)

 

Yes, Fatty Arbuckle directed a few of these ladies highjinks before making a return in front of the cameras for Vitaphone-Warner Bros.

 

  • June First (Don Gallaher) / © July 27, 1931 A golddigger sets up wedding dates for different men on the first of June

  • Take 'Em And Shake 'Em (Roscoe Arbuckle) / © September 28, 1931

  • Easy To Get (Howard Bretherton) / © December 7, 1931 A trio has trouble sharing an apartment

  • Only Men Wanted (Ralph Ceder) / © February 8, 1932

  • Gigolettes (Roscoe Arbuckle) / © April 6, 1932

  • Niagara Falls (Roscoe Arbuckle) / June 27, 1932 Three girls try to evade the landlady while trying to find work.

 

 

Gaylord Lloyd Comedies (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

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BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes)

 

  • Rough Seas (Alfred J. Goulding) / September 25, 1921 ((filmed March) With Beatrice La Plante

  • The Lucky Number (Erle C. Kenton) / October 2, 1921 With Estelle Harrison

  • A Zero Hero (Erle C. Kenton)/ October 9, 1921 With Estelle Harrison

  • Dodge Your Debts (Erle C. Kenton) / October 16, 1921

  • Trolley Troubles (Alfred J. Goulding) / October 23, 1921 ((filmed March) With Estelle Harrison, Beatrice La Plante & George Rowe

 

 

George Le Maire Comedies (Pathé)

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BW and 2 reels (18-20 minutes)

 

  • At The Dentist's (Basil Smith & Rober T. Kane) / March 10, 1929 (Film Daily review) George operates on an undersized patient. With Louis Simon, Evalyn Knapp, George Gould Susan Conroy

  • Dancing Around (Basil Smith) / April 21, 1929 Musical cabaret setting where two guys try to woo ladies. With Joe Phillips, Olive Shea Susan Conroy, Evalyn Knapp, Lucille Taylor, Ivan Brunnell's Montrealers & Vivienne Johnson

  • The Plumbers Are Coming (George Le Maire) / © May 29, 1929 George and Louis Simon play bungling burglars

  • Turkey For Two (George Le Maire) / © July 31, 1929 Two convicts ( Frank T. Davis & William Frawley) from Sing Sing pose as railroad workers and later try to con a waitress (Noel Francis) for a free meal.

  • Gentlemen Of The Evening (George Le Maire) / October 12, 1929 (Motion Picture News review) George is house detective interferring with Lew Hearn wooing Evalyn Knapp

  • Barbers' College (George Le Maire) / © November 8, 1929 Star George Le Maire & buddy Charlie (Sam Hearn) are amateur haircutters. With Sam Raynor & Gladys Hart

  • A Tight Squeeze (George Le Maire; writer: Daniel Russell) / December 8, 1929 (Film Daily review) Longer comedy (running 23 minutes). George and his buddy (Jimmy Conlin) go on date with unpaid clothing and run into their tux salesman (expecting his fee) at a night club. Also starring Evalyn Knapp, the Ryan Sisters, Sam Raynor, Dave Manley, Leo Kendall, B. Harriss & Jack LeMaire. Camera work by Harry Stradling.

  • Go Easy, Doctor (George Le Maire) / May 11, 1929 (Motion Picture News review) With Louis Simon as the unwitting patient for George

 

 

George Rowe (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

Nicholas T. Barrows as director

BW,/ silent and 1 reel (10 minutes)

 

  • High Tide / March 19, 1922 (filmed August & Dec '21)

 

 

George Whiting (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.); completion dates listed here

 

  • No.1 / February 27, 1915 (completion date)

  • No. 2 / March 9, 1915

  • No. 3 / March 15, 1915

  • No. 4 / March 22, 1915

  • No. 5: Powder Monkeys / March 24, 1915

 

 

Gil Lamb Comedies (Pathé)

Directed by Hal Yates

BW and 2 reels (16-19 minutes)

 

Among the last RKO comedy series (along with the “Newleyweds”) replacing deceased Edgar Kennedy on the program. His comedies were generally well done, being made after Hal Yates' team had perfected their skills with the Kennedy and Leon Errol comedies..

 

  • Bashful Romeo ( Hal Yates) / November 25, 1949 Filmed as "Reluctant Romeo" in July. Co-starring Betty Underwood & Leonard Kinskey, "Slim" a door-to-door salesman gets involved in a dispute with a jealous husband.

  • Groan And Grunt (Hal Yates) / January 20, 1950 (filmed August '49) “Slim” must battle a professional wrestler (Dick Wessel). Milton Parsons plays a hypnotist. Also Carol Hughes, Henry Kulky & GeGe Pearson.

  • Night Club Daze (Hal Yates) / November 24, 1950 Gil plays a neurotic janitor Nifty who is convinced by his girl and club dancer (Carol Hughes) to get an audition with the owner (Emory Parnell). Only he is too klutzy. for an audition.

  • Hollywood Honeymoon (Hal Yates) / September 28, 1951 With Wanda McKay, Byron Foulger, Almira Sessions & Edward Kane

  • Fast And Foolish (Hal Yates) / November 23, 1951 With Wanda McKay, Nick Adams, William Murphy & Sunny Boyne

  • Ghost Buster (Hal Yates) / June 5, 1952 Hoping to marry a city editor's secretary (Carol Hughes), a window washer tries to get a scoop at a millionaire's mansion. Also Donald MacBride as editor, with Donna Martell, Jim Hayward, Edward Clark, George Wallace & Barbara Pepper

  • The Fresh Painter (Hal Yates) / January 16, 1953 (filmed '52) Hypnotized, Gil thinks he is a famous painter. Carol Hughes is his girl and Andy Clyde her father. Dick Wessel & Florence Lake also appear

  • Lost In A Turkish Bath (Hal Yates) / January 30, 1953 (filmed '52) “Slim” is a canary salesman hired by a lawyer (Emory Parnell) as a process server to an bathhouse owner (George Givot) and antics occur inside. With Carol Hughes, Carol Brewste, Claire Carleton & Bob Jellison.

  • And Baby Makes Two (Hal Yates) / February 27, 1953 (filmed '52) Gil's neighbor (Claire Carleton) enters her baby in a baby-food contest and wins, but really isn't the vtrue mother so he must play Papa. Carol Hughes & Frank Nelson also star.

  • Pardon My Wrench (Hal Yates) / March 13, 1953 (filmed '52) Gil tries to impress prospective father-in-law Andy Clyde with his mechanical ability. With Carol Hughes, George Wallace, Emil Sitka & Lyle Latell

 

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Glenn Tyron Comedies (Hal Roach/Pathé)

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BW / silent and 2 reels (18-22 minutes)

 

Tyron was a “nice boy” comedy star who later moved onto dramatic features.

 

  • The Goofy Age (Fred Guiol & Ted Wilde) / October 12, 1924 (filmed July) With William Gillspie, Al Halett, Noah Young

  • Meet The Missus (Fred Guiol & Roy Clements) / December 7, 1924 (filmed September) With William Gillspie, Al Halett, Noah Young

  • The Wages Of Tin (Roy Clements) / January 4, 1925 (filmed September-October) With Billy Engle & Blanche Mehaffey

  • Haunted Honeymoon (Billy Gets Married) (Fred Guiol) / March 1, 1925 (filmed November-December '24) With Yorke Sherwood, Jules Mendel & Helen Gilmore

  • A Sailor Papa (Fred Guiol) / March 29, 1925 (filmed July & October '24) With Al Hallett & Leo Willis

  • Hold My Baby (Fred Guiol) / April 26, 1925 (filmed December '24-January)

  • Tell It To A Policeman (Fred Guiol & Roy Clements) / May 24, 1925 (filmed October-November '24 & February) With James Finlayson, Jack Gavin, Blanche Mehaffey, Olive Borden & others

  • Thundering Landlords (James W. Horne) / June 21, 1925 (filmed January-February) With James Finlayson, Fay Wray, Noah Young & others

  • Daddy Goes A' Grunting (James W. Horne) / July 19, 1925 (filmed February-March) With Kathleen Collins & Jackie Haines

  • Madame Sans Jane (James W. Horne) / August 9, 1925 (filmed March-April) With James Finlayson, Fay Wray

  • Cuckoo Love (Fred Guiol) / October 18, 1925 (filmed April) With James Finlayson & Katherine Grant

  • Papa Be Good! (Fred Guiol) / November 22, 1925 (filmed May-June) With Katherine Grant, Tyler Brooke & others

  • Flaming Flappers (Fred Guiol) / December 27, 1925 (filmed June-August)

  • Long Pants (Fred Guiol) / January 31, 1926 (filmed September) Family comedy with sonny boy introducing his parents to a "loose" woman. Vivien Oakland, Jack Clifford, Cissy Fitzgerald & Sally O'Neil

  • The Hug Bug (Fred Guiol) / March 7, 1926 (filmed November-December '25) With Katherine Grant, Sally O'Neil, Nancy McKee & others

  • Ukulele Sheiks (Fred Guiol) / April 11, 1926 (filmed December '25-January) With James Finlayson, Mark Swain, Vivien Oakland, Ben Hall & others

  • Say It With Babies (Fred Guiol) / May 16, 1926 (filmed January-March) With Vivien Oakland, Oliver Hardy & others

  • The Cow's Kimona (Fred Guiol & James parrott) / June 20, 1926 (filmed March-April) With Charles Selon & Oliver Hardy

  • Along Came Auntie (Richard Wallace) / July 25, 1926 With Oliver Hardy, Vivien Oakland, Tyler Brooke, Martha Sleeper, Lucy Beaumont

  • Forty-five Minutes From Hollywood (Fred Guiol) / December 26, 1926 (filmed August) With Theda Bara, Our Gang, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

  • Two-Time Mama (Fred Guiol) / January 23, 1927 (filmed May '26) With Tyler Brooke, Anita Garvin, Vivien Oakland & others

 

 

Go-Getter (FBO)

Directed by Del Andrews

Starring Alberta Vaughn & George O'Hara

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes)

 

  • Getting Good / September 14, 1924

  • In The Knicker Time / September 28, 1924

  • And Never Shall the Trains Meet / October 12, 1924

  • A Kick for Cinderella / October 26, 1924

  • Fire When Ready / November 9, 1924

  • A Miss In The Dark / November 23, 1924

  • The Going Of Cumming / December 7, 1924

  • Who's Hooligan / December 21, 1924

 

 

Golden Rooster Comedies (Pathé)

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BW and 2 reels (20-22 minutes)

 

  • The Garden Of Eatin' (Joseph Mescall & Robert Fellows; writer: John Gray & George Amy) / July 31, 1929 Night club racketeers try to oust the Gleasons ( James Gleason & Lucille Webster) from their restaurant. Later a waiter reveals as a revenuer. With Brooks Benedict, Jack Perry & Charles Hamilton

  • Fairways And Foul (J. Joseph Mescall & Robert Fellows) / © August 16, 1929 Married couple (James Gleason & Lucille Webster) squabble at a golf course

  • Rubeville (Rubeville Night Club) (Bradley Barker) / © November 8, 1929 A night club jazzes up a rural hicktown. Featuring Harry Watson, Reginald Merville, among others

  • Crosby's Corners (Philip Tannura) / © January 28, 1930 Lew Hisker's brings chorus girls to a small town. Featuring the Rubeville band and starring Reginald Merville & Felix Rush.

  • Fifty Miles From Broadway (C.B. Maddock & Bradley Barker) / © February 6, 1930 (filmed November '29) Vaudeville sketch set in Hicksville where two New Yorkers escape to. Featuring Reginald Merville, Harry Watson & Olga Woods

 

 

Golf With Johnny Farrell (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Directed by Clyde Elliott

BW and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • Duffer Swings / February 15, 1931

  • Fore / February 15, 1931

  • In The Rough / © March 1, 1931

  • Winning Puts / © March 1, 1931

  • Under Par / © March 15, 1931

  • Getting On The Green / © March 22, 1931

 

 

Grantland Rice Sportlights (John L. Hawkinson & Amadee J. Van Beuren/Pathé)

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BW / silent through 1929, then sound, 1 reel (8-11 minutes) and one 2-reeler

 

Arrow Films, followed by Weiss Bros.-Artclass, handled distribution of the earlier Grantland Rice “Sport Review” shorts stretching back to 1920. This was probably the longest running sports series on movie screens with Paramount taking over later to extend the series all the way through 1956 (two years after Rice's death).

 

With John L. Hawkinson as both producer and director

 

  • Wild And Woolly / © December 14, 1923

  • Call Of The Game / January 13, 1924

  • Animal Athletes / © January 26, 1924 (Feb 10 release)

  • Taking A Chance / January 27, 1924 UCLA has an archival copy of this one.

  • Fields Of Glory / © February 20, 1924 (Mar 23 release)

  • Olympia Mermaids / February 24, 1924

  • National Rash / March 9, 1924

  • The Swift And Strong / April 16, 1924

  • Sun And Snow / April 20, 1924

  • Fishin' Fever / © April 22, 1924

  • Sporting Speed / May 4, 1924

  • On Guard / © May 12, 1924 (June 15 release)

  • Flashing Fever / May 18, 1924

  • Building Winners / June 1, 1924

  • The Finer Points / © June 5, 1924 (Jul 13 release)

  • Solitude And Fame / © June 5, 1924 (Jun 29 release)

  • Our Defenders (Our Defender) / © June 30, 1924 (Jul 27 release)

  • Hoof Beats / © July 21, 1924 (Aug 24 release)

  • The Happy Years / © July 31, 1924 (Sep 21 release)

  • Hobbies / © July 31, 1924 (Aug 10 release)

  • The Danger Lure / © September 5, 1924 (Oct 5 release)

  • Spikes And Bloomers / © September 5, 1924 (Sep 21 release)

  • Sporting Rhythm / October 19, 1924

  • Stunts / © October 29, 1924 (Nov 2 release)

  • Gridiron Glory / November 16, 1924

  • Champions / © November 20, 1924 (Nov 30 release)

  • The Invaders / © December 3, 1924 (Dec 28 release)

  • Nature's Rouge / December 14, 1924

  • By Hook Or Crook / © December 31, 1924

  • Rough And Tumbling / January 11, 1925

  • Sporting Armor / © February 9, 1925

  • Neptune's Nieces / © February 13, 1925

  • Traps And Trouble / © March 5, 1925

  • Action / © March 26, 1925

  • Beauty Spots / © March 26, 1925

  • The Sporting Judgement / © March 26, 1925

  • All Under One Flag / © May 4, 1925

  • Dude Ranch Days / © May 8, 1925

  • Twinkle Twinkle / © May 8, 1925

  • Animal Celebrities / © May 18, 1925

  • Learning How / © June 4, 1925

  • Sons Of Swat / © July 6, 1925

  • Why Kids Leave Home / © July 6, 1925

  • Outtings For All / © August 20, 1925

  • Seven Ages Of Sport / © August 20, 1925

  • Starting An Argument / © August 20, 1925

  • Barrier Busters / © August 25, 1925

  • Clever Feet / © September 28, 1925

  • What Price Touchdown? / © October 8, 1925

  • Shooting At Time / © November 6, 1925

  • Fins And Feathers / © December 17, 1925

  • Then And Now / © December 17, 1925

  • The Walloping Wanders / © December 17, 1925

  • All Astride / © January 23, 1926 Horses shown as pack animals and polo performers

  • The Great Arena / © January 23, 1926

  • The Strenuous Life / © January 23, 1926

  • The Uprising Generation / © January 23, 1926

  • Leaps And Bounds / © February 6, 1926

  • Dixie Doodle / © March 6, 1926

  • Happy Hunting Grounds / © March 6, 1926

  • The Inside Dope / © March 12, 1926

  • Nervous Moments / © March 29, 1926

  • The Planting Season / © April 20, 1926

  • R.P.M. Revolutions Per Minute / © April 20, 1926

  • The Sporting Speed / © April 22, 1926

  • Glory Or Dollars / © April 28, 1926

  • Jacks-Of-One-Trade / © April 28, 1926

  • Keeping In Trim / © May 17, 1926 Features Eileen Riggin swimming and Gene Tunney weight-lifting

  • Amidst The Millions / © July 22, 1926

  • Ball And Bat / © July 22, 1926

  • Big And Little / © July 22, 1926

  • The Spirit Of Play / © July 22, 1926

  • Bull's Eyes / © September 17, 1926

  • More Was Than One / © September 17, 1926

  • The Restless Race / © September 17, 1926

  • Hooks And Holidays / © October 4, 1926 Fly-fishing and angling reel

  • Durable Souls / © October 22, 1926 Includes Clarence de Mar in marathon and heavyweight Paul Berlenbach

  • By The Wholesale / © November 10, 1926

  • Top-notchers / © November 10, 1926 Features clips of several greats: Babe Ruth, "Red" Grange, Tommy Hitchcock Jr., Gene Tunney, Suzanne Lenglen & Bobby Jones

  • With The Wind / © November 10, 1926

  • Crowd Bait / © January 13, 1927 Profiles spectator sports with a focus on the fans watching football, horse-racing, tennis, etc.

  • The Rival Sex / © January 13, 1927 Various female athletes in track and steeplechase

  • Rolling Along / © January 13, 1927 Profiles the history of bicycles over the past couple decades... and the fashions to go with them.

  • The Sporting Knack / © January 13, 1927

  • Weatherproof / © January 13, 1927 Covers indoor sports like bowling (shot of Mort Lindsey included)

  • The Frost Line / © January 31, 1927

  • The Water Sprites / © January 31, 1927 Lady swimmers in Bermuda are shown

  • The Agile Age / © February 14, 1927

  • Chills And Fever / © April 1, 1927 Contrasts winter and summer sports: sleighing, surfing, swimming

  • Ginger And Genius / © April 1, 1927

  • Flying Feet / © May 6, 1927

  • Tabloid Editions / © May 6, 1927

  • Eyes And Angles / © May 10, 1927

  • The Pioneer Instinct / © May 10, 1927

  • Scents And Dog Sense / © June 7, 1927 Covers hunting dogs sniffing out sage hen in Utah and fox hunting in Florida

  • Taking Punishment / © June 7, 1927

  • On The Hook / © July 8, 1927 Deep-sea fishing reel

  • Horses! Horses! / © August 16, 1927

  • Outwitting Time / © August 16, 1927

  • Tackles And Touchdowns / © August 16, 1927 Football reel includes "Red" Grange

  • Up The Ladder / © September 2, 1927 Hodgepodge of various sports: swimming, golf and polo as performed by experts

  • Down To The Sea / © September 17, 1927 Mostly fishing and deep sea diving

  • A Fair Affair / © September 17, 1927 Features circus and big fair performers

  • Alien Antics / © October 13, 1927 Foreign sports: feather game in China, Italian rolling, stick game with American Natives and stick fencing in Japan

  • Keeping Fit / © October 24, 1927

  • Cups And Contenders / © October 26, 1927

  • Fundamental Football / © October 26, 1927

  • Ladies' Day / © October 29, 1927 Lady golfers, tennis champs, hockey and canoe masters

  • Bucking The Handicap / © November 28, 1927

  • Frolics In Frost / © December 12, 1927

  • Busy Bodies / © December 19, 1927 Clips of handball, basketball and body building

  • Family Frolics / © December 27, 1927

  • Versatality / © January 2, 1928

  • Diving / © January 12, 1928

  • Crowned Heads / © January 28, 1928

  • Seasons To Taste / © February 12, 1928 Tour of California and its athletic pursuits all season long, including skiing in the mountains

  • Fun A Foot / © March 10, 1928 Includes bicycles, sprinting and dancing... all in contrast to the modern world of legless travel: the automobile.

  • Tail Waggers / © March 19, 1928

  • Clothes And The Game / © April 2, 1928 Survey of various sportswear

  • Famous Playgrounds / © April 16, 1928 Features Lake Placid, Palm Beach, Pinehurst, Newport, Southampton & Atlantic City

  • Matching Wits / © April 16, 1928

  • Star Buddies / © May 7, 1928

  • Bath Time / © May 28, 1928

  • Limberlegs / © May 28, 1928 Special interest in horse racing

  • The Supple Sex / © July 8, 1928 Covers lady athletes

 

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Grantland Rice Sportlights (continued)

 

For Amadee J. Van Beuren/Pathé

 

  • Bunker Battlers (John L. Hawkinson) / © July 7, 1928

  • Canned Thrills (John L. Hawkinson) / © August 14, 1928 Tour of Coney Island

  • Covering Ground (John L. Hawkinson) / © August 18, 1928 Mostly track, but also race cars and gridiron

  • South Seas Sagas (John L. Hawkinson) / © August 29, 1928

  • Muscle Marvels (John L. Hawkinson) / © September 22, 1928 Particular focus on acrobats

  • Spartan Diet (John L. Hawkinson) / © October 14, 1928 Covers updated sports going back to Sparta

  • Getting Together (Jack Eaton) / October 20, 1928 Profiles athletic clubs

  • Targets (John L. Hawkinson) / © October 28, 1928

  • School Days (John L. Hawkinson) / © December 3, 1928

  • Players At Play (John L. Hawkinson) / © December 26, 1928 Features actors in various sports: Louise Fazenda, Phylis Haver, Marie Prevost, Noah Beery, Jackie Coogan, Junior Coghlan, Robert Armstrong & Neil Hamilton

  • Amateur Antics (John L. Hawkinson) / © December 27, 1928

  • Knowing The Ropes (John L. Hawkinson) / © December 28, 1928 Various rope tricks including the cowboy kind

  • Mild Or Mighty (John L. Hawkinson) / © January 2, 1929 (filmed '28)

  • Close Figuring (Jack Eaton) / © February 10, 1929

  • Girls Will Be Boys (Jack Eaton) / © February 11, 1929 Features athletes Lillian Copeland and Margaret Jenkins, the Earle Wallace dance group and actress Alice White and her aquaplane

 

Sound added

 

  • Winning Patterns (John L. Hawkinson) / © February 16, 1929 First sound Sportlight with Grantland Rice narrating

  • Three Aces (Jack Eaton) / © February 18, 1929

  • Dogging It (Jack Eaton) / © March 2, 1929

  • Bridle Byways (Jack Eaton) / © March 6, 1929 Horse race reel

  • Surf And Sail (Jack Eaton) / © April 12, 1929

  • Young Hopefuls (Jack Eaton) / May 11, 1929 (Motion Picture News review) Baby Stribing and other juvenile athletes

  • Crystal Champions (Jack Eaton) / © May 15, 1929 Covers famous swimmers like Johnny Weissmuller, Martha Norelius, Helen Meany, Newton Perry & Pete Deajardines

  • Conditioning (Jack Eaton) / © May 17, 1929 Both baseball players training and a lady training to lose weight

  • Fish And Feathers (Jack Eaton) / © May 20, 1929 Hunting trout, quail and duck

  • Water Wonders (Jack Eaton) / © May 24, 1929

  • Clowning The Game (Jack Eaton) / June 1, 1929 (Motion Picture News review) Famous clowns like Toto, Stubby Kreuger at the diving board, "Cave Man Baseball" and other antics. Music by Frank Black's Orchestra.

  • Footwork (Jack Eaton) / June 22, 1929 Features Helen Wills & Paavo Nurmi

  • Sport Afloat (Jack Eaton) / © June 24, 1929 Boating and sailing reel

  • The Right Technique (Jack Eaton) / © June 27, 1929 Experts show ff at horse-back riding, golf an archery

  • Sport Almanac (Jack Eaton) / © July 17, 1929

  • Modern Rhythm (Jack Eaton) / July 21, 1929 (Film Daily review) Not sports here, but dancing... including the Hawaiian hula-hula.

  • Running The Scales (Jack Eaton) / © August 23, 1929 Fishing in Algonquin Park (Canada)

  • The River Drivers (Jack Eaton) / © August 26, 1929 Shows lumberjacks at work

  • Hook, Line And Melody (Jack Eaton) / August 1929 (© December 29) Fishing and music numbers combined. Footage of the North Woods' Lavielle & White Partridge Streams

  • Duffers And Champs (John Foster) / © September 14, 1929 Golf reel presented by Grantland Rice himself and Willie MacFarlane

  • Follow The Leader (John Foster) / © September 21, 1929 Swim reel filmed partly in Silver Springs, Florida.

  • Boyhood Memories (Jack Eaton) / © October 10, 1929 Includes scenes of the ol' swimming hole and other youthful recreation

  • Keeping Fit (Jack Eaton) / © October 13, 1929

  • Body Building (Jack Eaton) / © October 18, 1929 Profiles Culver Military Academy summer school

  • Gridiron Glory (John Foster; narrator: Graham McNamee) / October 20, 1929 (Reviewed by Movie Age) Includes key football games like Yale vs. Princeton and Notre Dame vs. California Trojans, along with songs: "Going Back to Old Nassau", "March Down the Field" "When Irish Eyes are Smiling"

  • Stamina (Jack Eaton & John Foster) / © November 3, 1929

  • Feminine Fitness (Jack Eaton) / © November 17, 1929 Focuses on Wellesley College sports including a rowing competition

  • Sport A La Carte (John Foster) / © December 1, 1929

  • Carolina Capers (Jack Eaton) / December 14, 1929 (Film Daily review) Oddities this time like a pig race ladies conduct in Pinehurst NC.

  • Interesting Tails (Jack Eaton) / © December 26, 1929

  • Bows And Arrows (Jack Eaton) / © January 3, 1930 (filmed '29) Archery reel

  • Feline Fighter (Jack Eaton) / © February 8, 1930 (filmed '29)

  • Splashing Thru (Splashing Through) (Jack Eaton) / © February 17, 1930 (filmed '29)

  • Dogging It (Jack Eaton) / © March 27, 1930 Covers circus dogs and greyhounds

  • Spills And Thrills (Jack Eaton) / © April 7, 1930 Florida water skiing is covered

  • Big-Top Champs (Big Top Champions) (Jack Eaton) / © April 14, 1930 Profiles Ringling Bros. (featuring Albert Sheffz) in Sarasota, Florida

  • Fish, Fowl And Fun (Jack Eaton) / © April 30, 1930

  • Outboards (Jack Eaton) / April 1930 Water sports in St. Augustine, Florida

  • Fairway Favorites (Jack Eaton) / © May 7, 1930

  • Hooked (Jack Eaton) / © May 18, 1930

  • Sporting Brothers (Jack Eaton) / © June 1, 1930

  • Champion Makers (Jack Eaton) / © June 15, 1930 Colleg sports include Dick Glendon Jr. coaching Columbia oarsmen, Howard & Tad Jones with University of Southern California football, Dean Cromwell also in California track, John McGraw with the New York Giants

  • Campus Favorites (Jack Eaton) / © June 29, 1930 Includes Cornell University sports

  • Somewhere Out (Jack Eaton) / © July 13, 1930

  • Let 'Er Buck (Jack Eaton) / © July 27, 1930

  • Dude Ranching (Jack Eaton) / © August 10, 1930

  • Ki-Hi Frolics (Jack Eaton) / © August 24, 1930

  • Self Defense (Jack Eaton) / © September 7, 1930

  • Gliding (Jack Eaton) / © September 21, 1930

  • Cobb Goes Fishing (Jack Eaton) / © October 5, 1930 Lengthier than usual Sportlight (running two reels at 19 minutes) features Irvin Cobb explaining his technique to Grantland Rice

  • Racqueteers (Jack Eaton) / © October 19, 1930 Bill Tilden discusses tennis, Lou Magnolis covers jai-alai and West Point's lacross team demonstrate their skills

  • Par And Double Par (Jack Eaton) / © November 2, 1930 With Bobby Jones & Frank Crumit

  • High Steppers (Jack Eaton) / © November 16, 1930

  • Dixie Chase (Jack Eaton) / © November 30, 1930 North Carolina fox hunt

  • Monarchs Of The Field (Jack Eaton) / © December 14, 1930 Hunting dogs demonstrate their birding techniques

  • Angles Of Angling (Jack Eaton) / © December 28, 1930

  • Rough And Tumble (Jack Eaton) / © January 25, 1931 (filmed '30)

  • Ski Pilots (Jack Eaton) / © February 8, 1931

  • Tigers Of The Deep (Jack Eaton) / © March 2, 1931

  • Speed Limit (Clyde Elliott) / © March 8, 1931

  • Hunting Thrills (Clyde Elliott) / © April 19, 1931

  • Outboard Stunting (Clyde Elliott) / © May 3, 1931

  • Diamond Experts (Clyde Elliott) / © May 17, 1931

  • Water Bugs (Clyde Elliott) / © May 31, 1931 Features Johnny Weissmuller teaching children & "Stubby" Kruger

  • Blue Grass Kings (Clyde Elliott) / © June 14, 1931

  • Younger Years (Clyde Elliott) / © June 28, 1931

  • Battling Silver Kings (Clyde Elliott) / © July 12, 1931

  • Poise (Clyde Elliott) / © July 26, 1931

  • Manhattan Mariners (Clyde Elliott) / © August 17, 1931

  • Olympic Talent (Clyde Elliott) / © August 17, 1931

  • Floating Fun / © September 7, 1931

  • Pigskin Progress (Clyde Elliott) / © September 21, 1931

  • Timing (Jack Eaton) / © October 5, 1931

  • Pack And Saddle (Clyde Elliott) / © October 19, 1931

  • Riders Of Riley (Clyde Elliott) / © November 2, 1931

  • Canine Champions (Clyde Elliott) / © November 16, 1931

  • Uncrowned Champions (Clyde Elliott) / © November 30, 1931

  • Ducks And Brakes (Clyde Elliott) / © December 24, 1931

  • College Grapplers (Clyde Elliott) / © January 10, 1932 (filmed '31)

  • Slim Figuring / © February 6, 1932 (filmed '31)

  • Bob-white (Clyde Elliott) / © February 25, 1932

  • Take Your Pick (Clyde Elliott) / © March 18, 1932

  • Flying Leather ( Clyde Elliott) / © May 6, 1932

 

 

H.C. Witwer Record Breakers (Standard Cinema/RKO)

Produced by Larry Darmour

Directors listed in ()

Starring Albert Vaughn, Al Cooke & George Gray

BW and 2 reels (18-21 minutes)

 

  • As You Mike It (Al Herman) / September 8, 1929

  • Meet the Quince (Al Herman) / September 22, 1929

  • Love's Labor Found (Ralph Ceder) / November 10, 1929

  • They Shall Not Pass Out (Ralph Ceder) / November 24, 1929

  • Captain of His Roll (Al Herman) / December 22, 1929

  • Sleeping Cutie (Lewis Foster) / January 5, 1930 (filmed '29)

  • Lost And Foundered (Phil Whitman) / January 19, 1930 (filmed '29)

  • Old Vamps For New (Phil Whitman) / February 2, 1930

  • The Setting Son (Lewis R. Foster) / February 16, 1930 Frank fears he will die after "black" tongue... of course, it doesn't happen but his friends all support him.

  • The Dear Slayer (Phil Whitman) / March 2, 1930

  • Cash And Marry (Lewis Foster) / March 16, 1930

  • Land Of The Sky Blue Daughters (Lewis Foster) / March 30, 1930

  • Eventually, But Not Now (Ralph Cedar) / April 13, 1930

 

 

Hal Roach All Star Comedies (Hal Roach/Pathé)

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  • Jailed (Rolin Film/Pathé) / May 1916 1 reeler of undetermined status

  • Somewhere In Somewhere (James W. Horne) / September 20, 1925 (filmed May) Starring Charles Murray, Lucien Littlefield, Noah Young & others

  • There Goes The Bride (James W. Horne) / October 25, 1925 (filmed June-July) Starring Lucien Littlefield, Marther Sleeper & Jackie Haines

  • Laughing Ladies (James W. Horne) / November 29, 1925 (filmed July-August) Starring Lucien Littlefield, Katherine Grant, Tyler Brooke & Gertrude Astor

  • A Punch In The Nose (J. A. Howe) / January 3, 1926 (filmed April-June '25) Starring Al St. John, Lige Conley, Martha Sleeper, Dot Fraley, Lucien Littlefield, James Finlayson & others

  • Your Husband's Past (Fred Guiol) / February 2, 1926 (filmed October '25) Starring Tyler Brooke, George Cooper & others

  • Dizzy Daddies (Richard Wallace) / March 14, 1926 (filmed November '25) Starring Tyler Brooke, Gertrude Astor, James Finlayson & others

  • Madame Mystery (Richard Wallace) / April 18, 1926 (filmed December '25) A female secret agent has gotten ahold of a new type of explosive gas. Starring Theda Bara & Oliver Hardy

  • Don Key (A Son of Burro) (Fred Guiol & James W. Horne) / May 23, 1926 Starring Max Davidson, James Finlayson

  • Never Too Old (Richard Wallace) / June 27, 1926 ((filmed January) Starring Claude Gillingwater

  • The Merry Widower (Richard Wallace) / August 1, 1926 (filmed February-March) Starring Ethel Clayton, Tyler Brooke & James Finlayson & others

  • Should Husbands Pay? (Stan Laurel) / September 5, 1926 (filmed April-May) Starring James Finlayson

  • Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes (Stan Laurel) / October 3, 1926 (filmed May-June) Starring Helene Chadwick & James Finlayson

  • Get 'Em Young (Fred Guiol) / October 31, 1926 (filmed June-August) Starring Harry Myers, Stan Laurel & Max Davidson

  • On The Front Page (James Parrott) / November 28, 1926 (filmed August-September) Countess Polasky causes havoc with her demands, with Montana as her personal secretary. Starring Lillian Rush, Bull Montana, Stan Laurel, Tyler Brooke & others

  • Why Girls Say No (Leo McCarey) / February 20, 1927 (filmed September '26) Marjorie Daw and Creighton Hale are the lovebirds and Max Davidson the troublesome father. Oliver Hardy is also here.

  • The Honorable Mr. Buggs (Fred Jackman) / April 24, 1927 (filmed October '26) A Chinese siren does some midnight thievery, while two other crooks try to "out-crook" each other. Starring Matt Moore, Anna May Wong, Martha Sleeper & Oliver Hardy

  • Slipping Wives (Fred Guiol) / April 17, 1927 (filmed October-November '26) An ignored wife baits her husband with a "hired lover". Starring Priscilla Dean, Herbert Rawlinson, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy

  • Eve's Love Letters (Leo McCarey) / May 29, 1927 ((filmed January) Slapstick bedroom farce with Agnes Ayres, Forrest Stanley & Stan Laurel

 

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Harold Dickson Comedies (Pathé)

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  • The Custard Nine (Howard S. Moss) / November 2, 1921

  • The Beauty Contest (Ralph Dean) / January 1, 1922 (filmed '21)

 

 

Harold Lloyd Comedies (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

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With his trademark glasses and “average” man personality, Harold was one of the silent era's all-time greats, beginning with his Lonesome Luke series (see also). The following are his later films made before his transition to features.

 

(1 reel or 8-11 minutes through 1919, unless otherwise noted)

 

  • Over The Fence (Harold Lloyd [directorial debute]) / September 9, 1917 (filmed June)

  • Pinched (Hal Roach) / September 23, 1917 (filmed June-July)

  • By The Sad Sea Waves (Hal Roach) / September 30, 1917 (filmed July) Beach side frolics with Harold as a life-saver of the wrong drowning man. With Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Frank Alexander & others

  • Bliss (Hal Roach) / October 14, 1917 (filmed July-August) With Snub Pollard & Bebe Daniels

  • Rainbow Island (Hal Roach) / October 28, 1917 (filmed July)

  • The Flirt (William Gilbert) / November 11, 1917 (filmed August)

  • All Aboard (Hal Roach) / November 25, 1917 (filmed August)

  • Move On (Hal Roach) / December 9, 1917 (filmed August-September)

  • Bashful (Hal Roach & Alfred J. Goulding) / December 23, 1917 (filmed September) Harold must find a wife in order to gain an inheritance. With Snub Pollard & Bebe Daniels

  • Step Lively (Alfred J. Goulding) / December 30, 1917 (filmed September-October)

  • The Tip (Hal Roach) / January 6, 1918 (filmed September '17)

  • The Big Idea (Hal Roach) / January 20, 1918 (filmed October '17) "He starts a rumor that an article marked XX at O.U. Phaker antique shop has 10,000 dollars concealed in it. Then he proceeds to mark every article in the place XX, and the result can be imagined"--Moving picture world. With Snub Pollard & Bebe Daniels

  • The Lamb (The Goat) (Hal Roach) / February 3, 1918 (filmed October-November '17)

  • Hit Him Again (Hit 'Em Again) (Hal Roach) / February 17, 1918 (filmed November-December '17)

  • Beat It (Hal Roach) / February 24, 1918 (F-November '17)

  • A Gasoline Wedding (Hal Roach) / March 3, 1918 (filmed November '17) Auto comedy with Bebe Daniels

  • Look Pleasant, Please (Hal Roach) / March 10, 1918 (filmed December '17) "Harold Lloyd appears as a debonair grocer's clerk, who acquires a photographer's studio and has fun taking pictures of various customers"--Moving picture world. With Snub Pollard & Bebe Daniels

  • Here Come The Girls (Hal Roach) / March 17, 1918 (filmed December '17)

  • Let's Go (Hal Roach) / March 24, 1918 (filmed October-November '17)

  • On The Jump (Hal Roach) / March 31, 1918 (filmed December '17)

  • Follow The Crowd (Hal Roach) / April 7, 1918 (filmed January)

  • Pipe The Whiskers (Hal Roach) / April 14, 1918 (filmed February)

  • It's A Wild Life (Hal Roach) / April 21, 1918 (filmed January-February)

  • Hey There! (Hal Roach & Alfred J. Goulding) / April 28, 1918 (filmed December '17-January)

  • Kicked Out (Hal Roach) / May 5, 1918 (filmed January)

  • The Non-Stop Kid (Hal Roach) -(C: Harold Lloyd & Bebe Daniels)-May 12, 1918 (filmed January) Bebe Daniels' father has arranged a marriage for her with a professor, but suitor Harold disguises himself as him and joins a party held. Humorous gags involve a record player and Harold's lip-synching. Snub Pollard co-stars.

  • Two-Gun Gussie (Hal Roach) / May 19, 1918 (filmed February-March) Harold is an out-west piano player mistaken for an outlaw.

  • Fireman Save My Child (Hal Roach) / May 26, 1918 (filmed March)

  • The City Slicker (Hal Roach) / June 2, 1918 (filmed April) Harold modernizes a hicktown hotel with rube Goldberg like contraptions. Bebe Daniels is a high society lady he woos.

  • Sic 'Em, Towser (Hal Roach) / June 9, 1918 (filmed February)

  • Somewhere In Turkey (Hal Roach) / June 16, 1918 (filmed April)

  • Are Crooks Dishonest? (Hal Roach) / June 23, 1918 (filmed April)

  • An Ozark Romance (Hal Roach) / July 7, 1918 (filmed April)

  • Kicking The Germ Out Of Germany (Hal Roach) / July 21, 1918 (filmed May)

  • That's Him (Hal Roach) / August 4, 1918 (filmed May)

  • Bride And Gloom (Hal Roach) / August 18, 1918 (filmed May)

  • Two Scrambled (Hal Roach) / September 1, 1918 (filmed May)

  • Bees In His Bonnet (Gilbert Pratt) / September 15, 1918 (filmed May-Jun)

  • Swing Your Partners (Hal Roach) / September 29, 1918 (filmed June)

  • Why Pick On Me? (Hal Roach) / October 13, 1918 (filmed June)

  • Nothing But Trouble (Hal Roach) / October 27, 1918 (filmed June)

  • Hear 'Em Rave (Hal Roach) / December 1, 1918 (filmed June)

  • Take A Chance (Hal Roach) / December 15, 1918 (filmed July) "Bebe Daniels is a slavey and Harold takes her to a picnic where they have some funny experiences. Harold finally gets into a clash with the police"--Moving picture world. Also Snub Pollard

  • She Loves Me Not (Hal Roach) / December 29, 1918 (filmed July)

  • Count The Votes (Hal Roach) / October 5, 1919

  • Wanted - $5,000 (Hal Roach) / January 12, 1919 (filmed July-August '18)

  • Going! Going! Gone! (Hal Roach) / January 26, 1919 (filmed July-August '18)

  • Ask Father (Hal Roach) / 13+m / February 9, 1919 (filmed July-August '18) With Bebe Daniels. The young couple have decided to marry, but he can't get daddy's permission in the office and keeps getting thrown out. With Snub Pollrad, Wallace Howe, Bud Jamison, Noah Young & Sammy Brooks

  • On The Fire (Hal Roach) / February 23, 1919 (filmed August '18)

  • I'm On My Way (Hal Roach) / March 9, 1919 (filmed July-August '18)

  • Look Out Below! (Hal Roach) / March 16, 1919 (filmed September '18)

  • The Dutiful Dub (Hal Roach) / March 23, 1919 (filmed August '18)

  • Next Aisle Over (Hal Roach & H. M. Walker) / March 30, 1919 (filmed August '18) Lloyd literally demolishes a department store in helping the unlucky customers. With Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, Sammy Brooks & others

  • A Sammy In Siberia (Hal Roach) / April 6, 1919 (filmed January) A bumbling U.S. soldier attempts to aid a put-upon Russian woman Bebe Daniels. Also Snub Pollard

  • Just Dropped In (Hal Roach) / April 13, 1919 (filmed September '18)

  • Crack Your Heels (Hal Roach) / April 20, 1919 (filmed September '18)

  • Young Mr. Jazz (Hal Roach) / April 20, 1919 The lovebirds Harold and Bebe Daniels enter a dance contest. Also Snub Pollard

  • Ring Up the Curtain (Hal Roach) / April 27, 1919 (filmed September '18) Harold is a stagehand and Bebe Daniels is a snake dancer.

  • Si, Senor (Hal Roach) / May 5, 1919 (filmed October '18)

  • Back To The Woods (Hal Roach) / May 18, 1919 (filmed October '18)

  • Before Breakfast (Hal Roach) / May 18, 1919 (filmed October '18)

  • The Marathon (Hal Roach & Alfred J. Goulding) / May 25, 1919 (filmed October '18) "The excitement takes place over a young woman whose affections are claimed by a couple of men. A marathon race helps the runaway hero to hide his identity for a brief period from his pursuers"--Moving picture world. With Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard

  • Pistols For Breakfast (Hal Roach) / June 8, 1919 (filmed November '18)

  • Swat The Crook (Hal Roach) / June 15, 1919 (filmed November '18)

  • Off The Trolley (Hal Roach) / June 22, 1919 (filmed November-December '18)

  • Spring Fever (Hal Roach) / June 29, 1919 (filmed March-April) A bookkeeper escapes the office to enjoy the spring weather. With Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard

  • Billy Blazes, Esq. (Hal Roach) / July 6, 1919 (filmed December '18-January) Harold is Billy aiding Gun-Shy Gallagher (Snub Pollard) in rescuing young Nell (Bebe Daniels) from Pistol Pete.

  • Just Neighbors (Hal Roach & Frank Terry) / July 13, 1919 (filmed April) Suburban neighbors join together to build a garden shed, but end up demolishing their garden. Lige Conley is a regular in many of these period Lloyds. With Snub Pollard & Bebe Daniels

  • At The Old Stage Door (Hal Roach) / July 20, 1919 (filmed November '18)

  • Never Touched Me (Hal Roach) / July 27, 1919 (filmed December '18)

  • A Jazzed Honeymoon (Hal Roach) / August 3, 1919 (filmed December '18)

  • Count Your Change (Hal Roach) / August 10, 1919 (filmed December '18-January)

  • Chop Suey And Company (Hal Roach) / August 17, 1919 (filmed January)

  • Heap Big Chief (Hal Roach) / August 24, 1919 (filmed January)

  • Don't Shove (Hal Roach) August 31, 1919 (filmed January-February) Rivals battle over a girl on her birthday, winding up on skates. With Bud Jamison & Bebe Daniels

  • Be My Wife (Hal Roach) / September 7, 1919 (filmed February) Co-starring Bebe Daniels

  • The Rajah (Hal Roach) / September 14, 1919 (filmed February)

  • He Leads, Others Follow (Hal Roach) / September 21, 1919 \ (filmed February)

  • Soft Money (Hal Roach) / September 28, 1919 (filmed February-March)

  • Pay Your Dues (Hal Roach) / October 12, 1919 (filmed March)

  • His Only Father (Hal Roach) / October 19, 1919 (filmed March)

  • Bumping Into Broadway (Hal Roach) / 20+m / November 2, 1919 (F April-May) Harold is a struggling writer with Bebe Daniels evading the landlady (Helen Gilmore) and her thugs. They then take up gambling. Snub Pollard plays a stage director Harold tries to impress.

  • Captain Kidd's Kids (Fred Newmeyer) / 19+m- / November 30, 1919 (filmed May-July) Valet Snub Pollard aids Harold on his wedding day to Bebe Daniel and dealing with her mother (Helen Gilmore), who is not supportive of bachelor parties. After the wedding is called off by her, Harold chases Bebe and mother on a cruise ship, later getting involved with pirates.

  • From Hand To Mouth (Hal Roach & Alfred J. Goulding) / 20+m / December 28, 1919 (filmed June-July) Sort of a fore-runer to Chaplin's THE KID with Peggy Courtwright as a little waif adopted by Lloyd. Snub Pollard is the cop and Mildred Davis a love interest.

  • His Royal Slyness (Hal Roach) / 27+m / February 8, 1920 (filmed July-August '19) A book salesman visits to the kingdom of Thermosa and impersonates the Prince. With Mildred Davius, Snub Pollard, Gus Leonard & Noah Young

  • Haunted Spooks (Alfred J. Goulding) 25+m / March 14, 1920 (filmed August '19) Mildred Davis inherits a Southern mansion provided she and her husband live in it for a year, but Uncle Wallace Howe tries to take over by making it haunted.

  • An Eastern Westerner (Hal Roach) / 20+m/ May 2, 1920 (filmed January-February) As the title suggests, Harold must adapt to the wild wild west.With Mildred Davis, Noah Young (as Tiger Lips Tompkins), James T. Kelly, Sammy Brooks, Wallace Howe & others

  • High And Dizzy (Hal Roach) bw/s-25+m / July 11, 1920 (filmed March-April) Harold is a doctor aiding Mildred Davis in her sleepwalking, while buddy Roy Brooks makes raisin booze (prompting plenty of prohibition gags) and some high-rise scenes predating SAFETY LAST.

  • Get Out And Get Under (Fred C. Newmeyer) / 25+m / September 26, 1920 (filmed May-August) Wooing Mildred Davis and rivaling Fred McPherson ina theatrical production he almost misses due to contsnat car trouble. This is one of lloyd's best in terms of visual gags.

  • Number, Please? (Fred C. Newmeyer) / 20m approx. / December 26, 1920 (filmed June-October) With Mildred Davis as love interest and Roy Brooks as rival, along with dealing with her dog “Pershing” and her mother as consenter to the rival suitors. The title involves phone booth gags and Mildred's traveling purse.

  • Now Or Never (Hal Roach) / 35+m / May 5, 1921 (filmed September-December '20) Harold again is engaged to Mildred Davis (as Mary) and involved on a train with her “charge” (since she is just 18 and needs escorting) Anna Mae Bilson. Great scenes include a tussle under the train.

  • Among Those Present (Erle C. Kenton & Fred C. Newmeyer) / 35+m May 29, 1921 (filmed December '20-February '21) Harold the bellboy poses as an aristocratic lord getting involved in a fox hunt. With Mildred Davis & James T. Kelly

  • I Do (Hal Roach) / 20m approx. / August 6, 1921 (filmed February-March) Honeymooners are stuck tending kids, while the house becomes a mess and almost gets robbed by a burglar. With Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Jackie Morgan & Jackie Edwards

  • Never Weaken (Fred C. Newmeyer) / 29+m / October 22, 1921 (started May) Harold aids Mildred Davis on her doctor office job by gathering patients in "accidents". Later he fears she will abandon him for a fellow suitor (Roy Brooks) and attempts suicide on a tall building... but all ends well with some high-up gags. Mark Jones and Charles Stevensen round out the cast.

 

 

Harry Langdon (Mack Sennett Comedies/Pathé)

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With his trademark sad-clown's face, Langdon often fluctuates with Charley Chase, Ben Turpin and others as the Number Four Guy just behind Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd as the Great Silent Comedy Star. Like the others, he scored his biggest hits in the feature category, but his Sennett shorts still hold up surprisingly well. Frank Capra was a key screenwriter on some of his films.

 

  • Picking Peaches (Erle Kenton) / February 3, 1924 Harry is a womanizing shoe clerk and his wife gets back by entering a beauty contest. More romantic entanglements continue landing him in the hospital! Alberta Vaughn, Ethel Teare, Dot Farley, Kewpie Morgan, Vernon Dent & others

  • Smile Please (Roy Del Ruth) / March 2, 1924 Harry is both a photographer and a cop investigator tracking an arsonist

  • Shanghaied Lovers (Roy Del Ruth) / March 20, 1924

  • Flickering Youth (Erle C. Kenton) / April 24, 1924

  • The Cat's Meow (Roy Del Ruth) / May 25, 1924

  • His New Mamma (Roy Del Ruth) / June 22, 1924

  • The First Hundred Years (Harry Sweet) / August 17, 1924 Classic Langdon comedy costarring Alice Day, Frank Coleman and Louise Carver. A husband hires a maid and gets more than he bargains for. A second maid makes his wife jealous.

  • Luck O' The Foolish (Harry Edwards) / September 14, 1924

  • The Hansom Cabman (Harry Edwards) / October 12, 1924 Before his marriage, Harry must prove he is not a bigamist. With Marceline Day, Charlotte Mineau, Andy Clyde & others

  • Feet Of Mud (Harry Edwards) / December 7, 1924 As Harry has "cleaned up" on the football field and won the big game, Natalie Kingston's dad figured that he should do the same in the world of work before marrying his daughter. Harry's chance to prove himself comes with an "engineering" job with the city. But it's sanitary engineering, and while our street sweeping hero tries his best, he just can't avoid making enemies. When he stumbles into the midst of a lively Chinatown tong war

  • The Sea Squawk (Harry Edwards) / January 4, 1925 (filmed '24)

  • Boobs In The Woods (Harry Edwards) / February 1, 1925

  • His Marriage Wow (Harry Edwards) / March 1, 1925 Poor babyface Harry oopsies going to the wrong church for his wedding day... then has a wild and crazy dash to the correct one. Of course, he practically loses the ring while Professor "Mc-Glum" (Vernon Dent) plays the pessimist with the bride during the long wait. Also Natalie Kingston & William McCall