Favorite of the Month - December 2017

Laugh in the New Year with Classic Comedians

What a way to end 2017 than with some laughs.  Below are some videos from classic comedians from mostly the silent era. Happy New Year! Enjoy!

Classic Comedians

We’ve selected some of our favorite comic videos from the silent era (& some from early sound) via YouTube with some info about each one.  Enjoy; we sure could use a laugh to end the year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

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Buster Keaton

Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen, we’re still learning from him. Today, I’d like to talk about the artistry (and the thinking) behind his gags. Press the CC button to see the names of the films.

Buster Keaton was one of the funniest and most inventive actors of the silent era. You can’t help but laugh at this funny man. Watch a compilation of his funniest. Widely considered to be among Keaton’s finest work, the nineteen two-reel shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity. Over the course of this three-year period, Keaton evolved from a successful slapstick comedian into one of cinema’s most inventive visual stylists and became an enduring icon of American popular culture.

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BELOW ARE SOME VIDEOS WITH KEATON THAT YOU JUST CAN’T-MISS!


Charlie Chaplin

Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “the Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

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During the scenes with the lions, Chaplin made some 200 takes, in many of which he was actually inside the lion’s cage. His looks of fear are not all merely acting.


Harold Lloyd

Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and “talkies”, between 1914 and 1947. He is best known for his bespectacled “Glasses” character, a resourceful, success-seeking go-getter who was perfectly in tune with 1920s-era United States.

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Lloyd’s iconic scene in the silent film “Safety Last” (1923). One of the most famous images from the silent film era with Lloyd
clutching the hands of a large clock from the outside of a skyscraper.


Laurel & Hardy

Laurel and Hardy were a comedy double act during the early Classic Hollywood era. The team was composed of English thin man Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and American fat man Oliver Hardy (1892–1957). They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous bully Hardy. The duo’s signature tune is known variously as “The Cuckoo Song”, “Ku-Ku”, or “The Dance of the Cuckoos”. It was played over the opening credits of their films and has become as emblematic of the duo as their bowler hats.

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This is an interesting video about where Laurel & Hardy tried to take the piano up the steps. It is still there in Los Angeles and has a plaque to mark the site.


Lynn has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things in today's Hollywood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events in the LA area; read all about it at http://lynnpdexclusives.com.

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