I'm new to this forum and must confess to having read only about half of the 19 previous pages. But what I never saw was any mention of the Edgar Kennedy shorts. Back in the 60s or 70s, a package containing these, along with many of the Todd/Pitts comedies and others, were released to commercial TV.
This was back in the pre-cable days when there were actually "independent" TV stations and prior to the era of infomercials, so lots of older material was shown. Unfortunately, it was also pre-VCRs, so once it aired, it was gone.
Nor have I seen any mention of public domain titles. The concluding pie fight from Keystone Hotel often shows up as stock footage, So I assume it's available. But the early portion of the short, with Ben Turpin as a snooping hotel detective, is nowhere to be found. Any possibility of the whole thing turning up?
Now that I've found this thread, I'll check in frequently. Meanwhile, I need to find my old copies of Leonard Maltin books....