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The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy
Volume 13
Will The real Mrs. Hardy
Please Stand Up!
With: Thelma Todd, Mae Busch,
Blanche Payson, Babe London,
Stan Laurel and Friends (or Foes)

    Volume thirteen of our Larger World series is a three-disc set featuring some of your favorite Mrs. Hardys. Mae Busch, Thelma Todd, Blanche Payson, Babe London and Stan Laurel take center stage and are accompanied by a massive array of L&H costars from both the silent and sound eras. Appearing in this volume are 'Larger World' notables such as Jimmy Finlayson, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Sidney Toler, Henry Armetta, Fred Kelsey, Larry Semon, Dorothy Granger, Dell Henderson, Billy West, Charlie Hall, Eddie Baker, George Rowe and others. Contributing to the fun are the efforts of stars like Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John, Walter Catlett, Andy Clyde, Gertie Messinger, Phil Dunham and Frank Alexander. This is the most film ever offered in one installment of this series and we hope you enjoy it. An old favorite like the Stan Laurel short "Half A Man" has brand new titles on a sharp print and a bouncy score that brings it life. "Smithy" is reconstructed here from multiple sources and is a real joy to watch. Old friends Andy Clyde and Jimmy Finlayon square off in the Educational talkie "Boy, Oh Boy!" for twenty minutes of mid-life crisis on roller skates. Disc one offers a new 16mm transfer of the Keaton and Durante feature "Speak Easily." This title has been around a very long time and exists on video copies that range in quality from okay to downright awful. Our offering is beautiful and complete. As always, Billy West makes an entry with Mr. O. Hardy in support. In this set also is an updated version of the Larry Semon title "The Show." We came across and Italian copy recently with a lot of footage missing in our previous release. The quality is not as good as the original material (we have done our best to stabilize the new material and inserted only the missing elements), but it is still quite watchable and makes the film far more interesting. Rounding out your three-plus hour excursion in the Larger World are performances by some great comics like Al St. John and Walter Catlett in the Arbuckle-directed "Honeymoon Trio." An installment of "The Voice of Hollywood" takes you to George Olsen' Supper Club in the company of Kenneth Harlan and the Sisters G. You might recognize the waiters. Look for Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. Also, Mr Olsen and His Music will entertain you with John Lennon's favorite song, "Little White Lies" - it's true, look it up. Add in a few surpirises and you have volume 13 of the Larger World. All the audio tracks on these discs (silent and sound) have been remastered to bring out a full range of frequencies. Hum, hiss, roll and scratching have been reduced or eliminated.


Details: (Disc One)

Speak Easily (MGM; 8-13-32). Dir. Eddie Sedgwick. Cast: Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Thelma Todd, Sidney Toler, Hedda Hopper, Henry Armetta and Fred Kelsey. Very good image quality.


Disc Two:

Those Bitter Sweets (Sennett - Mutual; 6-7-15). Dir. Dell Henderson (F. Richard Jones, Sup.). Starring: Mae Busch, Harry McCoy, Dell Henderson and Frank Alexander. Good image quality. Mastered from video. Restored acoustic 78rpm track.


The Show [Updated] (Vitagraph; 3-19-22). Dir. Larry Semon. Starring: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Oliver Hardy, Willim Hauber and Frank Alexander. Nice image quality - inserted footage is decent. Restored electric 78rpm track. Original titles and inter-titles. Mastered from PAL-M materials.

Scrambled Eggs (Cameo-Educational; 11-25-25). Dir. Jesse Robbins. Starring: Phil Dunham, Babe London, George Davis and Helen Marlowe. Very nice image quality. Original titles. New electric 78 rpm score.

Honeymoon Trio (Educational; 8-30-31). Dir. Roscoe Arbuckle. Starring: Al St. John, Dorothy Granger and Walter Catlett. Nice image quality with all original titles.

Boy, Oh Boy! (Educational; 12-20-32). Dir. Harry Edwards. Starring: Andy Clyde, James Finlayson, Gwen Lee, Ted O'Shea, Fern Emmett, Gertie Messinger and Charles K. French. Nice image quality with all replacement original titles.

Command Performance [3 min. Fragment] (Tiffany; 1-19-31). Dir. Walter Lang. Starring: Neil Hamilton, Thelma Todd and Burr McIntosh. Thelma's role in this film is miniscule. Her performance in the film is presented here in its entirety. Okay image quality with some film degradation and video wear.

Disc Three:

His Day Out (King bee - State's Rights; 1-15-18). Dir. Arvid E. Gillstrom. Starring: Billy West, Oliver Hardy, Leatrice Joy, Leo White, Budd Ross and Ethyl Burton. Very good image quality. Mastered from 16mm. Restored acoustic 78rpm track.

Smithy (Roach-Pathé; 1-20-24). Dir. George Jeske. Starring: Stan Laurel, James Finlayson, William Gillespie, Ena Gregory, George Rowe, Glen Tryon, Charlie Hall, Marvin Loback, Eddie Baker, Jack Ackroyd, Sammy Brooks and Fred Karno, Jr. Very nice image quality. Mastered from two 16mm prints. Restored electric 78rpm track. Original titles and inter-titles.

Half A Man (Joe Rock-Standard Cinema; 8-30-25). Dir. Joe Rock and Harry Sweet. Starring: Stan Laurel, Blanche Payson, Julie Leonard, Tui Bow and Murray Rock. Very, very nice image quality from a new transfer of a 16mm print. New main, production and end titles. New electric 78 rpm score. This one will have you tapping your feet to the score and laughing along with a true genius of comedy.

The Voice of Hollywood Nº 26 (Tiffany; 3-6-31). Host: Kenneth Harlan, Eleanor and Karla Gutchrlein (The Sisters G), Buster Keaton, George Olsen (and His Music), Arthur Lake, Monte Blue, Wheeler and Woolsey (individually) and a pair of L&H impersonators throughout. Songs: "Little White Lies" and "When Buddha Smiles." Decent image quality with original titles. Audio track remastered

US$39.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





Charley Chase and Friends
Volume I
With: Charley Chase, Mae Busch,
Dell Henderson, Billy West,
Jimmie Adams, James Parrott,
Ray McKee and Thelma Todd

    Volume One of our new Charley Chase and friends series starts the fun off with a resounding bang! This series is dedicated to the genius of Charley Chase, but also highlights the work of his friends and associates. On this disc you will find other Hal Roach Studio actors such as Dell Henderson, Mae Busch and Thelma Todd. Charley's good friend and fellow Ranch Boy, Jimmie Adams is here in a starring Christie short. The disc also features a wonderful little King Bee Billy West two-reeler from 1919 that Chase directed and in which he makes his usual cameo appearance (heavily made up, of course). The King Bee shorts that Chase directed are remarkable in that they can be counted just like a song in 4/4 time. We have done our best to highlight this feature by synchronizing the soundtrack to the greatest allowable extent. Brother Jimmy Parrott directs the obscure Chase silent "There Ain't No Santa Claus" which is 100% complete here and mastered from two sources.All of the shorts on this disc have accompaniment created from restored 78rpm records. The technologies (acoustic and electric) have been matched to the release years of the films. Finally, the Looser Than Loose logos opening each short have been uniquely designed around vintage photographs of Charley's hometown of Baltimore. We hope you enjoy this first disc in our new series.


Details:

For Better - But Worse (Keystone-Mutual .; 5-22-15). Dir. Dell Henderson. Cast: Mae Busch, Harry McCoy, Fritz Schade, Venice Hays, Dell Henderson and Hugh Fay. Very good image quality.

Italian Love (King Bee - Reelcraft; 1919). Dir. Charley Chase. Starring: Billy West, Ethelyn Gibson, Ted Lorch, Leo White and Charley Chase. Decent image quality. Mastered from video. Restored acoustic 78rpm track. Replaced titles and inter-titles


Whoa Emma (Christie-Educational; 3-14-26). Dir. Robert Thornby. Starring: Jimmie Adams, Molly Malone, Hank Mann and Trixie as Emma. Very nice image quality - newly mastered from 16mm. Restored electric 78rpm track. Replaced production titles and inter-titles

There Ain't No Santa Claus (Roach-Pathé; 12-12-26). Dir. James Parrott. Starring: Charley Chase, Noah Young, Eugenia Gilbert, Kay Deslys, Fred Kelsey and Mickey Bennett. Very nice image quality and mastered from 16mm and video sources to complete the titles and tags (original main titles and last 20 seconds from video source).
Look Out Below (Educational; 8-18-29). Dir. Stephen Roberts. Produced by: Jack White. Starring: Ray McKee, Thelma Todd, Monte Collins and Clem Beauchamp. This is a sound print that has been titled and presented as a silent film. The original track is not presently available. The film works quite well as a silent and has some nice 'high and dizzy' sequences that lend themselves to silent comedy quite nicely. Very nice image quality.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)









Christie Comedies
Volume III Louise Fazenda, Billy Bevan
Monte Collins, Neal Burns, Vera Steadman

    Volume three of the Christie Comedy series gives you two early talkies starring the silent eras more prominent short subject stars and three silent comedies. All of them are very sharp first generation transfers with strong soundtracks and that typical Christy 'feel.' Louise Fazenda stars in "Faro Nell," which is a take on the, ahem, popular old melodramatic stage tradition of hero and villain. She stars in this with Jack Luden, one of the graduating class of Paramounts 1926 'School for Young Stars.' He was a classmate of Thelma Todd, Josephine Dunn and Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Also on this disc is a brand new transfer of the Billy Bevan and Monte Collins comedy Techno-Crazy - a rollicking tale of technology, bombs and Bolshevism. Jimmie Adams ventures out west in "Chase Yourself" where he rounds up a gang of range-riding thugs along with Billy Engle. Neal Burns trips the light fantastic along the Great White Way with Vera Steadman. Finally, a copy of "His First Ride" made in 1907 by the Selig Polyscope Company and directed by G.M. Anderson completes the disc as an extra.


Details:

His First Ride (Selig Polyscope Company .; 12-29-07). Dir. G.M. 'Bronco Billy' Anderson. Very good image quality. Replaced main-title.

Bucking Broadway (Christie-Educational; 6-18-22). Dir. Scott Sidney. Starring: Neal Burns, Vera Steadman Lincoln Plumer. Nice image quality. Restored acoustic 78rpm track. Replaced titles and intertitles


Chase Yourself (Christie-Educational; 6-27-26). Dir. William Watson. Starring: Jimmie Adams, Molly Malone, William Blaisdell, Billy Engle and William Irving. Nice image quality. Restored electric 78rpm track. Replaced main titles and original Norman Z. McLeod intertitles

Faro Nell (Christie-Educational; 11-5-29). Dir. William Watson. Starring: Louise Fazenda, Jack Luden, Frank Rice, Harry Woods and Charles Mack. Nice image quality. Original main titles from second source.
Techno-Crazy (Christie-Fox; 3-12-33). Dir. Charles lamont. Starring: Billy Bevan, Monte Collins and Eleanor Hunt. Nice image quality.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)









The Shamrock
and the Rose
Mack Swain, Dot Farley
Olive Hasbrouck and Edmund Burns

    Here is another 1927 Chadwick feature. This one stars Sennett comedy veterans Mack Swain and Dot Farley. The plot concerns the ethnic identities of two families who are attempting to coexist in New York City's Lower East Side. One family is Irish (parented by Swain and Farley) and the other Jewish (William Strauss and Rosa Rosanova). When their eldest children, Eddie (Kelly) and Rosie (Cohen) fall in love, it seems as if the world will come to an end for both sets of parents. Based upon the play by Owen Davis, the theme and content is very similar to the Cohens and Kellys series of films (in some of which Swain served as a principal). A very enjoyable 57 minute film, but be forewarned - put on your 1927 glasses, the film is rich in bad ethnic humor. The film was transferred from a print in our own collection and has both original and replacement title sets. It was transferred using a direct-to-digital process and DVD compression rates of the highest possible quality. The film features restored 78rpm soundtracks which have been paced and matched to the screen action. The 'extra' on board is a 1963, black and white short featuring a visit to the popular Bronx, New York theme park called "Freedomland." The now defunct amusement park is revealed in all its former glory complete with a great Chicago Fire that runs multiple times per day on schedule, two steamboats, a steam locomotive, stage coach and numerous rides and exhibits.


Details:

The Shamrock and the Rose (Chadwick Pictures Corp.; 4-15-27). Dir. Jack Nelson. Six reels. Starring: Mack Swain, Dot Farley, Olive Hasbrouck, Edmund Burns, Rosa Rosanova, William Strauss, Leon Holmes, Coy Watson, Maurice Costello and Otto Lederer. Electric 78rpm track. Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very good image quality. Replaced main-titles.

Travel Time ("Freedomland" 1963). A visit to an early 1960's favorite tourist attraction in the Bronx, NY.

US$21.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





Educational Volume 2
Bert Lahr, Andy Clyde
Monte Collins and Shirley Temple

    This is the second disc in a series of films made and released by Educational Film Exchange. In this volume we present Bert Lahr in a pair of two-reel sound shorts, Andy Clyde in a short that has become more widely known for its inclusion of Shirley Temple in the cast and a one-reel, Cameo Comedy with Monte Collins. As an extra, you can take a three minute tour of Thelma Todd's Café in 1929 (before it actually bore her name). All of the materials on this DVD come from our own collection and have either original or restored title sets (where required) and all have been transferred using a direct-to-digital process and DVD compression rates of the highest possible quality. The films all feature restored 78rpm soundtracks.


Details:

Three Tough Onions (Cameo- Educational; 5-20-28). Dir. Jules White. One reel. Starring: Monte Collins, Estelle Bradley, Ralph Graves, Bobby Burns and Catherine Parrish. Acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very good image quality. Replaced main-titles.

Dora's Dunking Doughnuts (Educational; 9-1-33). Dir. Harry Edwards. Two reels. Starring: Andy Clyde, Ethel Sykes, Bud Jamison, Shirley Temple, Billy Engle, Florence Gill, The Meglin Kiddies and Si Jenks. The main titles have been recreated. The print was digitally transferred.

No More West (Educational; 3-33-34). Dir. Nick Grinde. Two reels. Starring: Bert Lahr and Charley Grapewin. Transferred from a 16mm print in our collection. The main titles have been replaced. Nice image quality.

Off the Horses (Educational; 3-3-37). Dir. William Watson. Two reels. Starring: Bert Lahr, Mildred Schroeder, Robert Shayne and Russ Brown. This film was transferred from a 16mm print with very good image quality. The main title has been recreated.

A Visit to Thelma Todd's Café (1929) (Home movies; 1929). This is a three-minute segment of a 16mm home movie shot in 1929 at the "Joya's" restaurant owned by Roland West. A few years later it would bear the name of Thelma Todd. Some nice interior and exterior views.

US$21.99 (+$6.00 s/h)










Teams Volume 1
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew, The Hall Room Boys,
Slim Summerville and Bobby Dunn, A Ton o' Fun,
Beery and Hatton, Clark and McCullough and
Billy Gilbert and Vince Barnett
Plus A Comedy Teams Glass Slide Show

    Here is the first disc in a series of comedy teams DVDs. With this inaugural collection we present a range of films from 1915 to 1936. It is our hope to offer roughly this range of material in all subsequent "Teams" entries. Almost all of the films have newly generated explanatory titles giving the DVD a uniform look. Some of these serve as main titles in cases where those cards were missing. All of the materials on this DVD come from our own collection and have either original or restored title sets (where required) and all have been transferred using a direct-to-digital process and DVD compression rates of the highest possible quality. The films all feature restored 78rpm soundtracks.


Details:

How John Came Home (Vitagraph; 10-5-15). A Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew Comedy. Dir. Sidney Drew. One reel. Starring: Sidney Drew, Jane Morrow, William Dangman and Isadore Marcil. Acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very good image quality. some replaced inter-titles. Though this film may have originally been titled :How John Came Back," all of the references we can find use the word "Home."

Bridle Grooms (Hall Room Boys Photoplays - C.B.C Film Sales Corp.; 1-1-23). Dir. Noel M. Smith. Two reels. Starring: Sid Smith and George Williams. Acoustic 78 track. Source: 9.5mm print in our collection transferred by ColorLab. While we are fairly certain this title is "Bridle Grooms" we are not 100% certain. The 9.5mm source material from which this transfer was made was entitled "James the Jockey."

Easy Work (Universal; 1-31-24). Dir. Slim Summerville. 200' fragment. Starring: Slim Summerville and Bobby Dunn. Source: two 16mm toy projector segments in our collection. Nice image quality.

Honeymoon Feet (Joe Rock Comedies - Standard Photoplay - F.B.O.; 4-18-26). Dir. Francis Corby. Two reels. Starring: Frank Alexander, Hilliard Karr, Kewpie Ross and Lois Boyd. Source: This film was restored using two 16mm prints with very good image quality. There is a brief area of emulsion damage at the beginning of reel two. One inter-title has been generated as a 'set-up' card.

We're in the Navy Now (Paramount; 11-6-26). Dir. Eddie Sutherland. 400' excerpt. Starring: Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, Chester Conklin, Tom Kennedy, Lorraine Eason and max Asher Source: This film was transferred from an original show-at-home 16mm print with good image quality. Once considered the most popular comedy team of the 1920s, Beery and Hatton are hardly remembered today.

In A Pig's Eye (RKO; 12-28-34). Dir. Ben Holmes. Two reels. Starring: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, Bud Jamison, Monty Collins and Pearl Eaton. Source: This film was transferred from a 16mm print with very good image quality.

Two Lame Ducks (Educational; 1936). Dir. Alf Goulding. One reel. Starring: Billy Gilbert and Vince Barnett. Source: This film was transferred from a 16mm print with very good image quality. It is a one-reel digest of the original two-reel film, but plays very well as a one-reeler.

Comedy teams Glass Slide Show (all Looser Than Loose restorations)This presentation was assembled from a variety of original theatrical exhibition materials and scored with a theater organ track. The image resolution used to scan and restore the slides exceeded 1200dpi.

US$21.99 (+$6.00 s/h)










Sennett Volume 7
Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand, Harry Langdon, Andy Clyde, Vernon Dent and Harry Gribbon

    Here are another five shorts from Mack Sennett. These films feature some of Sennett's biggest stars and long-time supporting actors. Ford Sterling appears in two shorts: "A Muddy Romance" and "Dirty Work In A Laundry" (aka "A Desperate Scoundrel"). Mabel Normand costars in "A Muddy Romance" and is at her usual best. Minta Durfee and Mack Swain support Sterling and Normand in the film, which is a typical jumble of simple plot and pratfall, but a traditional Keystone favorite. Minta Durfee and Harry Bernard costar with Sterling in "Dirty Work In A Laundry," which was directed by Charley Chase and is notable as one of the the last films produced by Sennett before the formation of Triangle Distributing. Al St. John also has a small role in the film. Harry Langdon stars in "All Night Long" with the support of veteran character actor Vernon Dent. This copy was assembled from two prints in our collection. Dent also appears with Andy Clyde and Harry Gribbon in the 1929 talkie "The Bee's Buzz." Tyler Brooke (most remembered by silent comedy fans for his All-Star shorts at Roach in which he was frequently paired with Jimmy Finlayson) is featured also in this early Sennett sound short. Roach Studios alumnus Billy Gilbert also appears in "The Bee's Buzz." All of the films on this DVD were transferred from prints in our own collection and have either original or restored title sets (where required) and all have been transferred using a direct-to-digital process and DVD compression rates of the highest possible quality. The films all feature restored 78rpm soundtracks.


Details:

A Muddy Romance (Keystone-Mutual; 11-20-13). Dir. Mack Sennett. One reel (11 min.). Starring: Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand, Minta Durfee, Mack Swain and Bill Hauber. Acoustic 78 track. Source: two 16mm prints in our collection. Very good image quality. Replaced titles.

Dirty Work In A Laundry (Keystone-Mutual; 7-19-15). Dir. Charley Chase. Two reels (approx. 15 min.). Starring: Ford Sterling, Minta Durfee, Harry Bernard and Al St. John. Acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very sharp image quality. This version has the title sets used for the rerelease entitled "A Desperate Scoundrel."

All Night Long (Sennett-Pathé; 11-9-24). Dir. Harry Edwards. Two reels (20 min.). Starring: Harry Langdon, Vernon Dent and Natalie Kingston. Source: two prints in our collection. Nice image quality. Some title set restoration.

The Bee's Buzz (Sennett-Educational; 4-7-29). Dir. Mack Sennett. Two reels (20 min.). Starring: Andy Clyde, Harry Gribbon, Vernon Dent, Tyler Brooke, Barbara Leonard, Ruth Kane and Billy Gilbert. Source: 16mm print with very good image quality. Picture disturbance is in the print.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)






Larger World of Laurel and Hardy Vol. 12
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Billy West, Blanche Payson and Mae Busch

    The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy, Volume 12, represents the usual excursions into solo film appearances of the duo plus a look at the other-worldly lives of our favorite stock company players. Accordingly, this group of shorts includes not one, but two "Mrs. Hardys" in a single title. Both Blanche Payson and Mae Busch appear in the 1916 short "Wife and Auto Trouble" - which was directed by fellow Roach alumnus Del Henderson. Oliver Hardy turns up in two films: 1918's "Bright and Early" with Chaplin impersonator Billy West and Charley Chase directing, plus the 1924 Larry Semon short "Kid Speed." Stan puts in an appearance on this disc in the Joe Rock-produced two-reeler "Twins." All of the films on this DVD have original or restored title sets (where required).
   All of the titles on this disc have been transferred using a direct-to-digital process and DVD compression rates of the highest possible quality. The films all feature restored 78rpm soundtracks.

Details:

Wife and Auto Trouble (Keystone-Triangle; 3-5-16). Dir. Del Henderson and Mack Sennett. One reel (11 min.). Acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm British print in our collection. Good image quality.

Bright and Early (King Bee; 1918). Dir. Charley Chase. Two reels (20 min.). Acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print with sharp image quality.

Kid Speed (Chadwick-Larry Semon-Educational; 11-16-24). Dir. Larry Semon and Noel M. Smith. Two reels (20 min.). Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very nice image quality.

Twins (Joe Rock-Standard Photoplay Cº-F.B.O.; 2-28-25). Dir. Scott Pembroke and Joe Rock. Two reels (20 min.). Electric 78 track. Source: from a British small-gauge print in our collection. Good image quality.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)






Sennett Vol. 6
A Ben Turpin Double Shot

    Volume six of the Sennett series features two shorts starring Ben Turpin, a 1933 talking comedy featuring Franklin Pangborn, Nora Lane, Edward Nugent and Dorothy Granger as well as a one-reel comedy with Roscoe Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Al St. John and Charley Chase. Ben Turpin is featured in the two-reelers "Broke in China" and "The Daredevil" along with costars like Harry Gribbon, Louise Carver, Alice Belcher and Kewpie Morgan. In "Easy on the Eyes," Franklin Pangborn is an unlikely boxer who gets more than he bargains for in Edward Nugent when the two duke it out over Nora Lane. Roscoe Arbuckle attends a proper dress function and creates quite a sensation in "Fatty's Magic Pants." All of these titles have been transferred from prints in our collection and all feature restored 78rpm music soundtracks. Appropriate title sets have been re-created or preserved wherever possible and the Turpin short "Broke in China" has been restored to theatrical form using a dialog continuity kindly furnished by the Special Collections Department of the Margaret Herrick Library.
   All of the titles on this have been transferred using a direct-to-digital process and DVD compression rates of the highest possible quality.

Details:

Fatty's Magic Pants (Keystone-Mutual; 12-14-14). Dir. Roscoe Arbuckle. One reel (11 min.). Acoustic 78 track. Source: small-gauge British print in our collection. Nice image quality.

The Daredevil (Sennett-Pathé; 11-25-23). Dir. Del Lord. Two reels (20 min.). Acoustic 78 track. Source: print in our collection. Sharp image quality.

Broke in China (Sennett-Pathé; 4-23-27). Dir. Eddie Cline. Two reels (20 min.). Electric 78 track. Source: from a French print in our collection. Very sharp image quality.

Easy on the Eyes (Sennett-Paramount; 2-17-33). Dir. George Marshall. Two reels (20 min.). Source: 16mm print formerly in our collection. Nice image quality.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





Snooky Vol. 2
Revenge of the Humanzee!

    No animal star of the silent era was as mean, antisocial or irredeemably nasty as Snooky. You might even say that in the entire pantheon of silent comedy figures (human or otherwise), only the early comedy team of Ham and Bud were as filthy and violent. We would not have it any other way.
    New to DVD is this collection of “Snooky the Humanzee” shorts. With the exception of one “extra,” all of the transfers on this disc are new digital restorations from original 16mm prints in our collection. The six items on this disc have restored 78 rpm soundtracks and all have either original or re-created title sets. One title, “Four Times Foiled,” also features veteran comedian Edgar Kennedy.
   As always, Snooky is joined by Ida Mae McKenzie and finds himself having to “save that damn baby again,” whilst doling out (and receiving) a fair amount of abuse in the bargain. Please note: Every animal was harmed during the making of these films. Therefore we say “Caveat emptor” to you soft touches out there.
   Please note that the title "Just In Time" has been transferred from an 8mm print and included on this disc largely for reference purposes. The contrast can be a bit dark in places and passable in others, but it is such an obscure title that we added it as an "extra."


Details:

Four Times Foiled (Chester-Educational;1920). Dir. William Campbell. Two reels (14 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very sharp image quality.

The Big Show (Chester-Educational; 9/12/20). Dir. William Campbell. One+ reels (approx. 10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: two 16mm prints and one video transfer in our collection. Very sharp image quality.

A Tray Full of Trouble (Chester-Educational; 10/3/20). Two reels (18 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print in our collection. Very sharp image quality.

The One Best Pet (Chester-Educational; 11/7/20). Dir. William Campbell. Two reels (17 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm Kodascope print in our collection. Very sharp image quality.

Just In Time (Chester-Educational; 3/16/21). Dir. William Campbell. One reel (9.5 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: 8mm British print in our collection. Fair image quality with some contrast variability. Transferred at 24fps using a Goko Telecine with a rotating prism optical mechanism to ensure highest quality.

Do You Like Monkeys? (Cinegraph Home Use Reel; date unknown). 4.5 min.; electric 78 track. Source: 16mm Kodascope print in our collection. Amusing monkey film featuring Snooky's distant cousins. Very sharp image quality.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)






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Roach Volume Three
Will Rogers, Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, the Brothers Parrott and Our Gang

    The latest collection of silent Roach shorts includes four starring Will Rogers, four starring Harold Lloyd and Snub Pollard, a pair of Paul Parrotts, a Charley Chase, a Stan Laurel one-reeler and a handful of oddities and fragments. Supporting casts include favorites like Marie Mosquini, Bebe Daniels, George Rowe, Mark Jones, William Gillespie and many more. There is even an appearance by Harold Lloyd's brother Gaylord, who stars in his own 1921 comedy in the guise of "Lonesome Luke." This is a good look at the Roach Studios "A" and "B" product from 1919 to 1927. The titles on this disc are either new transfers from prints in our own collection, or older 16mm transfers from video masters. Nearly all feature newly restored 78rpm acoustic soundtracks. Wherever possible, we have used original titles and otherwise attempted to replicate originals carefully and faithfully. Notes about individual quality issues appear at the end of each film description below.

Details:

Disc One
Approximately 20-minute opening montage comprised of advertising materials, stills, film fragments and toy projector reels featuring Will Rogers, Snub Pollard, Our Gang, Harold Lloyd and others. Chapters allow easy navigation through the sections.

Fireman Save My Child (5-26-18). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, William Blaisdell, Lige Conley, Jimmie Parrott and Sammy Brooks. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Reconstructed from two 16mm prints. Replaced intertitles. Sharp image quality.

Somewhere in Turkey (6-16-18). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, William Blaisdell, Lige Conley, Helen Gilmore and William Gillespie. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Transferred from a video master of a 16mm print. Replaced intertitles. Sharp image quality.

Swing Your Partners (9-29-18). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, Bud Jamison, William Gillespie and Sammy Brooks. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Transferred from a video master of a 16mm print. Replaced intertitles. Sharp image quality.

Ring Up the Curtain (4-27-19). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, Bud Jamison, William Gillespie, Noah Young, Jimmie Parrott and Sammy Brooks. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Older transfer of a 16mm print. Replaced intertitles. Sharp image quality.

Trolley Troubles (9-29-18). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Gaylord Lloyd, Beatrice LaPlante and George Rowe. One reel (8 min.); acoustic 78 track. Gaylord Lloyd (brother of Harold) is presented as "Lonesome Luke" in this one-reel comedy. Transferred from a 16mm print in our collection. Original intertitles. Note on image quality: Although this is a new transfer, the source material is quite "dark" in places and some of the details in the affected shots are difficult to distinguish. The film is presented here owing to its obscurity and historical curiosity.

Collars and Cuffs (9-29-18). Directed by George Jeske. Cast: Stan Laurel, Mark Jones, George Rowe, Katherine Grant, Jack Ackroyd, Eddie Baker and Sammy Brooks. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Transferred from a 16mm print in our collection. Replaced intertitles. Very good image quality.

Disc Two
The Fourth Alarm (9-12-26). Directed by Robert F. McGowan. Cast: Joe Cobb, Mary Kornman, Mildred Kornman, Farina Hoskins, Johnny Downs, Jay R. Smith, Jackie Condon, Pal the dog and Dinah the mule. Two reels (19 min.); acoustic 78 track. Transferred from an amber-tinted 16mm print. Original intertitles. Sharp image quality.

What Women Did For Me (8-14-27). Directed by Jimmie Parrott. Cast: Charley Chase, Robert Gray, Al Hallett, Gale Henry, Viola Richard, Lupe Velez and May Wallace. Two reels (18 min.); electric 78 track. Transferred from a 16mm print. Replaced intertitles. Sharp image quality.

Whistling Lions (a.k.a. Whispering Lions) (11-22-25). Directed by Gil Pratt. Cast: Paul Parrott, Jobyna Ralston, Marvin Loback, Sammy Brooks, Eddie Baker, Wallace Howe and George Rowe. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Transferred from a small gauge print in our collection using a Goko Telecine. Replaced intertitles. Good image quality.

Fragment and Toy Projector Compilation Featuring: "Loose Change" with Paul Parrott, "Fifteen Minutes" with Snub Pollard, reel one of "Fast Company" starring Our Gang and a fragment from the Our Gang comedy "War Feathers" (27 min.); acoustic 78 track. New transfers from 16mm prints and video fragments from first generation PAL sources. Replaced and original intertitles. Sharp image quality in all cases.

Disc Three
Two Wagons Both Covered (1-6-24). Directed by Rob Wagner. Cast: Will Rogers, Marie Mosquini, Earl Mohan and Charles Lloyd. Two reels (20 min.); acoustic 78 track. Newly transferred from a British 16mm print courtesy of Mark Johnson. Original British titles and intertitles. Sharp image quality.

Don't Park There (6-22-24). Directed by Fred Guiol. Cast: Will Rogers, Marie Mosquini, William Gillespie and Nick Granger. Two reels (19 min.); acoustic 78 track. Reconstructed from five sources, all 16mm prints. Original intertitles. This is as complete as this title has been in many years. Sharp image quality.

Our Congressman (7-20-24). Directed by Rob Wagner. Cast: Will Rogers, Madge Hunt, Beth Darlington, Helen Gilmore and Frank Butler. Two reels (20 min.); acoustic 78 track. Transferred from a video master of a 16mm print. Source material courtesy of Cole Johnson. Original intertitles. Decent image quality.

A Truthful Liar (8-17-24). Directed by Hampton Del Ruth. Cast: Will Rogers, Madge Hunt, Beth Darlington, Jack Cooper, R.O. Pennell and Jack Ackroyd. Two reels (20 min.); acoustic 78 track. New transfer of a small gauge print in our collection using a Goko Telecine. Replaced intertitles. Good image quality.

US$39.99 (+$6.00 s/h)




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Animal Comedies
Supervised by George Marshall

    From brand new transfers of 16mm prints in our collection comes this DVD of silent “Animal Comedies” supervised by George Marshall and produced between 1926 and ’28. All of the source materials used in the making of this disc are original amber-tinted Kodascopes, with the exception of the “extra” film “The Elephant’s Elbows,” which came from a small-gauge British print struck in the 1960s. Starring in this collection of “kid ’n’ animal” titles are old favorites like Bud Jamison, Lige Conley and Mildred June, plus some surprises like Robert Finlayson (brother of James) and a weird combination of juvenile players from second-string kid gangs like the McDougal Alley Kids and Hey Fellas.


Details:

Bear Knees (1928). Directed by Clyde Carruth. Cast: Bud Jamison, Robert Finlayson, Wayne LaFever, Coy Watson, Jr. Two reels (18 min.); electric 78 track. Source: two 16mm Kodascope prints in our collection. Sharp image quality.

Wild Puppies (1927). Directed by Clyde Carruth. Cast: Wayne LaFever, Coy Watson, Jr. and members of the McDougal Alley Kids and Hey Fellas. Two reels (17 min.); electric 78 track. Source: 16mm Kodascope print from our collection. Sharp image quality.

The Battling Kangaroo (1926). Directed by Jules White. Cast: Lige Conley, Mildred June, Sterling Holloway, Al Kaufman and George Gray. Two reels (18 min.); electric 78 track. Source: new transfer of a 16mm Kodascope print in our collection. The title set along with the first minute of action comes from an older 16mm transfer of a second Kodascope and is not as sharp as the remaining 17 minutes. Exceptionally nice image quality after first minute.

The Elephant's Elbows (1928). Directed by Clyde Carruth. Cast: Leon Janney. One reel (approx. 10 min.); electric 78 track. Source: new transfer of a small gauge British print in our collection. Transferred at 24fps using a Goko Telecine with a rotating prism optical mechanism to ensure highest quality.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)



Sennett Volume 5

    The latest installment in the Sennett series has arrived. This one features Lloyd Hamilton, Charley Chase, Syd Chaplin, Harry Gribbon and little-known twenties comedian Johnny Burke in lead roles. Hamilton stars in a 1933 Mack Sennett Talking Comedy, Chase in the 1915 one-reeler "Love, Loot and Crash," Gribbon in a post-Sennett Triangle Comedy, Chaplin is "Gussle Tied To Trouble" and Burke is featured in a late silent (1929) with a synchronized music and effects track (of our own device and created with period discs and effects). All of the silent films on this DVD have restored 78rpm acoustic or electric tracks (as noted below) - two tracks are comprised entirely of brand-new restorations.



Details:

Love, Loot and Crash (Keystone-Mutual; 4-24-15). Directed by Mack Sennett. Cast: Charley Chase, Dora Rodgers, Josef Swickard, Nick Cogley, William Hauber, Fritz Schade and Joseph Sweet . One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: print in our collection. Sharp image; shown in the correct aspect ratio and speed.

Gussle Tied To Trouble (Keystone-Mutual; 5-6-15). Directed by Charles Avery. Cast: Syd Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Cecile Arnold, Heinie Conklin, Virginia Fox, Edgar Kennedy and Hank Mann. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: PAL-M, first generation video source. Sharp image quality; shown in the correct aspect ratio and speed.

Caught With The Goods (Triangle; 3-11-17). Directed by Nick Cogley. Cast: Harry Gribbon, Alice Jorgens, Joseph Callahan, Raymond Russell, Marie Manley, Don Likes and Al Kaufman. One reel (10 min.); acoustic 78 track. Source: new transfer of a print in our collection. Though Sennett had already parted ways with Triangle by the time this film was produced, many of his players and staff were still associated with Triangle. Nice image quality. This copy is shown at 24fps, in the correct aspect ratio and has original titles. The end title has been replaced.

Clunked On The Corner (Sennett-Pathé; 1-6-29). Directed by Harry Edwards. Cast: Johnny Burke, Vernon Dent, Carmelita Geraghty and Thelma Hill. Two reels (approx. 18 min.); synchronized music and effects track from period sources. Source: new transfer of an original print. Shown at the correct speed of 24fps. New titles and inter-titles have been created for this film.

Too Many Highballs (Sennett Picture Corp; 2-10-33). Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Marjorie Beebe, Aggie Herring, Tom Dugan and Bud Jamison. Two reels (approx. 18 min.). Transferred from a European PAL source using the PAL-M video standard. The image quality is nice and the print is complete. A replacement "Bulldog" beginning has been added.

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2010 Mirthquake Obscurities

    Couldn't make it to this year's Mirthquake Film Festival in Southern New Hampshire? Well, here's a disc containing some of the items we screened this summer, plus some titles we've exhibited during the last two events. The DVD begins with a glass slide show of original silent comedy coming attractions. The images have all been meticulously restored and presented with a push-pull method which mimics that of a conventional theatrical slide projector. A theater organ soundtrack taken from 1930s radio broadcast recordings has been added to complete the experience. The opening sequence concludes with a recreation of the trailer for the lost W.C. Fields feature "That Royle Girl." The footage used in the reconstruction of this piece comes from the original trailer and is the only known footage from the film. Yes, W.C. Fields appears. The shorts presented on this disc represent a good cross-section of the silent materials typically shown at Mirthquake. Most of the titles on this disc were shown at the 2010 event, the only exceptions being the unidentified "Cine Art" shorts, which were shown in 2007. All of the films on this disc have restored 78rpm acoustic or electric tracks (as noted below).

Details:

His Day Out (King Bee; 1-15-18). Directed by Arvid E. Gilstrom. Cast: Billy West, Oliver Hardy, Leatrice Joy, Budd Ross, Leo White and Ethel Burton. Two reels; acoustic 78 track. Source: sharp 16mm original print. A new main title and end title have been added.

The Onion Magnate's Revenge (Kalem; 10-26-17). Directed by: Alfred Santel. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Bud Duncan, John Steppling and Edward Clisbee. One reel; acoustic 78 track. Source: 16mm print. An original end title with the Kalem spider has been added.

"Kidding the Kidnappers" (not the correct title) (Bull's Eye-Reel Craft; 1920). Cast: Milburn Morante. One reel (originally two reels); acoustic 78 track. Source: original 16mm print. This title is an unidentified comedy released to the home-use market by "Cine Art" during the 1930s. It might possibly be "The Installment Plan."

It's A Gift (unknown producers; 1926 or 1927). This is an entirely unidentified comedy dating from the late 1920s and, again, released by "Cine Art" to the home-use market. Source: original 16mm print with an electric 78rpm track.

Roaming Romeo (Educational; 7-29-28). Directed by Lupino Lane. Cast: Lupino Lane, Wallace Lupino, Anita Garvin and Stanley Blystone. One of Lupino Lane's best comedies, this two-reeler features the ever lovely Anita Garvin in support. The tinted print on this disc is presented at 24fps with an electric 78rpm audio track. Our thanks to Mark and Cole Johnson for digging this title up.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)


All Steamed Up! Volume 1

              
Starring: Laurel & Hardy, Andy Clyde, Helen Holmes and Jack Cooper

And an all-new montage with restored theatre organ score

   For those of you who like your vintage film steamed (as opposed to fried I suppose), we present the first volume of our "All Steamed Up" series. Contained in this edition is a mixture of silent comedies, home movies, newsreels and industrial strength promotional films. Our luminaries and clowns are comprised in part by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Andy Clyde, Helen Holmes - in an episode of the Kalem serial The Hazards of Helen - and Jack Cooper in Danger Ahead from the Weiss Brothers' notorious Hairbreadth Harry series. Additional titles on this disc include a profile of the Bessler Corporation, whose steam-powered innovations extended to automobiles, trains and even aeronautics! Plus, color footage of the last rope-drive Corliss engine to operate in the United States, a 1912 Rice and Sargent 1500 HP compound. This material was shot and recorded by my dad, Jim Stevenson, in 1976 just days before the scrapman's sledgehammer stilled her forever. In the opening montage we have included a number of unique stills, photographs, home movies and silent comedy film clips featuring British and American engines, locomotives, traction engines, steamboats and more. The soundtrack for this montage is a restored theatre organ piece in which the organist recreates a British steam locomotive leaving the station and coming up to speed - listen carefully, as he even opens the drains before the throttle.
   Our films have been taken from 16mm prints (except the Corliss footage, which was shot in 8mm). Restored "electric" tracks have been added to the silent material - which constitutes just about two-thirds of everything on the disc.

The Set Contents:

Danger Ahead (released 10/8/26 by Weiss Brothers-Artclass); directed by Perc. Pembroke and supervised by Billy West. Cast: Earl McCarthy, Charlotte Merriam, Jack Cooper and Max Asher. A typical entry in the Hairbreadth Harry series with Relentless Rudolph (Jack Cooper) pursuing the prerequisite loot and tossing the young lovers who possess it into the jaws of death at every turn. Needless to say, he is foiled at every, ahem, crossing. CURSES! Lots of material filmed with Union Pacific equipment.

The Hazards of Helen - The Wild Engine (released 5/8/15 by the Kalem Company); directed by J.P. McGowan. Stars Helen Holmes as the intrepid telegraph operator who risks life and limb to prevent a runaway train from colliding with a Sunday excursion special. This film was shot using locomotives and rolling stock from the S.P. L.A. & S.L. (San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake) Railroad.

Laurel and Hardy at the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. The Boys inaugurate the reopening of the line to Dungeness in 1947. This footage, presented in its entirety, is part of the opening montage. The source is first generation video.

Bessler Corporation Promotional Reel (approx. 1937); silent with added music track. This is a fabulous look at the innovative steam technologies developed by the Bessler Corp. as applied to a variety of vehicles. This includes a steam car, a locomotive and even a practical steam airplane. Though little is discussed about the nature of the boiler, it must have used an interesting flash technology.

The 1912 Rice and Sargent Corliss of Tyre Rubber (shot and recorded by Jim Stevenson; 1976); a five-and-a-half-minute look at the last rope-drive steam engine to operate in the United States. This 1500HP compound engine was a sight to behold.

The Cannonball (released 12/6/31 by Mack Sennett/Educational); directed by Del Lord & Mack Sennett. Cast: Andy Clyde, Irene Thompson, Lewis Sargent and Vernon Dent. Andy's primitive steam locomotive must compete with a new bus line for the local commuter trade. A stray buzz bomb provides a rocket boost to the ancient steam engine and wins the day for our old friend Mr. Clyde. Note: this is reel two only. It is a silent, Dutch language version of a sound two-reeler, but plays pretty well with an added music track. Some printing and framing defects in the source material are present.

Additional bonus material includes unique photos of steam engines, locomotives, traction engines, steamboats and more ...


US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





The Animators
Volume 1

    Here is a collection of hard-to-find silent cartoons from the very best animators of the 1920s. Cartoon buffs will find this disc of interest owing to the obscurity of some of the titles listed below. Represented on this DVD is the work of Max and Dave Fleischer, Walter Lantz, Paul Terry, Otto Messmer, Dick Huemer, Vernon Stallings, Robert E. Sherwood, Wallace A. Carlson, Gregory LaCava and Boyd La Vero. All of the films on "The Anomators, Volume One" were transferred from 16mm prints. Some are direct-to-digital from negatives. All of these shorts have original music scores by Jeff Rapsis.





Details:

A Tax From The Rear (Bray; 4-14-20). Directed by Walter Lantz. Jerry on the Job series.
A False Alarm (Bray; 1920). Directed by Vernon Stallings. Jerry on the Job series.
Cheating the Piper (Bray; 6-12-20). Directed by Vernon Stallings. Jerry on the Job series.
Luring Eyes (Bray; 1920). Directed by Gregory LaCava. Jerry on the Job series.
A Roman Scandal (Short Film Syndicate; 11-1-26). Directed by Dick Huemer. Mutt and Jeff series.
Felix in Fairyland (Winkler; 8-1-23). Directed by Otto Messmer. Felix the Cat series.
Felix Cops the Prize (Winkler; 5-25-25). Directed by Otto Messmer. Felix the Cat series.
Love's Labor Lost (Bray; 1-30-20). Directed by Vernon Stallings. Krazy Kat series.
The Chinese Honeymoon (Bray; 7-3-20). Directed by Gregory LaCava. Krazy Kat series.
A Chip off the Old Block (Bray; 12-31-19). Directed by Wallace A. Carlson. Us Fellers series.
The Cat and the Monkey (Aesop's Fables Studio; 10-30-21). Directed by Paul Terry.
Trip to the Pole (Aesop's Fables Studio; 4-20-24). Directed by Paul Terry.
The Birth of the Earth (Bray; 1920). Directed by Max Fleischer.
The Chinaman (Bray; 3-19-20). Directed by Dave Fleischer. Out of the Inkwell series (Koko the Clown).
Peter Panhandled (Standard Photoplay Co-F.B.O; 4-26-25). Directed by Walter Lantz.
Balloon Tired (Sherwood-Wadsworth Pictures-Educational; 12-5-26). Directed by Robert E. Sherwood.
Red Hot Rails (Sherwood-Wadsworth Pictures-Educational; 7-15-26). Directed by Robert E. Sherwood. Mike the Monk.
Mexically Lilly (Associated Film; 1932). Directed by Boyd La Vero. Marty the Monk.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





Arrow Comedies, Volume 1

   This is a collection of obscure shorts released by Arrow Film Corporation. The stars are lesser lights in the overall comedy spectrum and include: Eddie Lyons (as star, director and producer), Bobby Dunn, Billy West (in his post-Chaplin character), and Jack Cooper. There are three complete two-reelers here as well as a ten-minute digest of the Eddie Lyons comedy Keep Moving. As extras, we have included a pair of 6-1/2-minute excerpts from the Bobby Dunn short No Danger and a Billy West called Love. (Please note that the rival in Love is not Oliver Hardy but, instead, Hilliard "Fat" Karr.) Two of the shorts come from video sources as well as reel one of the Jack Cooper short Raisin-Trouble! and thus we have priced this DVD collection at just $16.99. The quality is very good for video and the balance of the material is newly transferred from our own collection of 16mm prints. As stated at the beginning of this description, the material is of a highly obscure nature and difficult to come by. We have restored and replaced titles where necessary and made an extra effort to give you as complete a product as we can. The Fast Mailman, for instance, has been compiled from three different sources and we have included virtually every tiny scrap we could lay our hands on in an effort to complete a film that has circulated for years in highly truncated and splicey copies. Raisin-Trouble! has a first reel taken from video and a second from a sparkling Kodascope. Hello Bill! is a largely complete version from a video source with newly generated intertitles and represents one of the funnier Billy West post Chaplin-imitator efforts. All of the shorts are accompanied by restored 78 rpm scores.

Details

Keep Moving (3-22; Eddie Lyons Comedies-Arrow Film Corp.); directed by Eddie Lyons. Starring: Eddie Lyons. This print has been newly transferred from 16mm. The length is approximately 11 minutes.
Hello Bill! (12-1-23; Cumberland Prod.-Broadway Comedies-Arrow Film Corp.); directed by Billy West. Starring: Billy West. This is a video transfer with replaced titles.
The Fast Mailman (1922; Arrow Film Corp.); directed by Eddie Lyons. Cast: Bobby Dunn, Helen Dale, Gerry O'Dell and Bob Mackenzie. Compiled from three different video sources, this is as complete a film as it is ever likely to be.
Raisin-Trouble! (1924; Cumberland Prod.-Mirthquake Comedies-Arrow Film Corp.); directed by Scott Pembroke. Cast: Jack Cooper, Lillian Worth and Charles King. This complete version comes from both a video copy (reel 1) and a new 16mm transfer from a Kodascope source.

Extras

No Danger (1923; Eddie Lyons Comedies-Mirthquake-Arrow Film Corp.); directed by Eddie Lyons. Starring: Bobby Dunn. Look out for our old friend George Rowe in this one (without the crossed eyes!). This is an approximately 6-1/2-minute version and has been newly transferred from 16mm.
Love (10-15-24; Cumberland Prod.-Broadway Comedies-Arrow Film Corp.); directed by Billy West. Cast: Billy West, Rosemary Theby, Glen Cavender and Hilliard "Fat" Karr. This copy is a 6-minute version from a new 16mm transfer.

US$16.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





Billy Bevan Comedies
Volume 1

    This DVD of Billy Bevan Comedies contains three complete two-reelers and two six-minute versions of Sennett-Pathé shorts. All of the source materials used were 16mm prints. "Be Reasonable" and "Gymnasium Jim" date from Sennett's First National period and are presented here with replacement First National main and end titles. The inter-titles on both prints are original. "Gymnasium Jim" comes from a nearly complete, razor-sharp print and has been restored to original length using inter-titles and a few brief sequences taken from a second source. Only the main and end titles for "Be Reasonable" were replaced with facsimiles. "Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies" was transferred from a complete 16mm print with an appropriate end-title sequence added. "Circus Today" is included in two incomplete versions. The first is an intact "Funny Manns" episode from 1961 - number one in the series, in fact. This version has the Cliff Norton wrap-arounds and narrative track with effects. The second version of the short contained on this disc is just the visual element used in the Funny Manns show with an alternate music track of restored electric 78 rpm recordings. This print comes from the personal collection of the series' producer Roger Muir. Finally, we offer you "The Divorce Dodger" in its Pathé home-use format. Actually, it's a hybrid version containing elements of two distinctly different Pathé 16mm issues. All of the titles on this DVD are new 16mm transfers with the exception of a few brief sequences used to complete "Gymnasium Jim" which were taken from small-gauge sources. All shorts have restored 78rpm acoustic or electric tracks (as noted below) except for the "Funny Manns" episode which has its original audio track.

Details:

Be Reasonable (Sennett-First National; 12-5-21). Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Billy Bevan, Mildred June, Kewpie Morgan, Ethel Teare and Eddie Gribbon. Two reels; acoustic 78 track. Source: sharp 16mm original print. A new main title and end title have been added.

Gymnasium Jim (Sennett-First National; 5-1-22). Directed by: Roy Del Ruth and F. Richard Jones. Cast: Billy Bevan, Mildred June, Kewpie Morgan and Al Cooke. Two reels; acoustic 78 track. Sources: razor-sharp 16mm print from a 1940s Warner Brothers original. The inter-titles and three brief action sequences have been transferred from a small-gauge source. A new main title and end title have been added.

Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (Sennett-Pathé; 6-14-25). Directed by: Del Lord. Cast: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Lillian Knight, John J. Richardson, James Donnelly, Vernon Dent and Leo Sulky. Two reels; electric 78 track. Source: sharp 16mm print. A new "theatrical" end title sequence has been added.

Funny Manns "Circus Mann" (New Merritt Enterprizes; 1961). Episode 1. Cast (Wrap-arounds): Cliff Norton "Circus Mann"; "Circus Today" (excerpt): Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock and Kewpie Morgan. One reel (approx. 10 min.); original narrative and effects track - dialogue during wrap-arounds. Source: original 16mm print from the personal collection of series producer Roger Muir.

Circus Today (fragment) (Sennett-Pathé; 3-7-26). Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock and Kewpie Morgan. This is the visual element used in the Funny Manns episode described above with an electric 78 rpm audio track. It has been included here as an alternative to the above. Approx. 6.5 min. Source: same as above.

The Divorce Dodger (Sennett-Pathé; 11-28-26). Directed by Del Lord. Cast: Billy Bevan, Vernon Dent, Barbara Tennant, Barney Hellum and Thelma Hill. This is a six-minute Pathé home-use version. It has been assembled from two uniquely different 16mm sources. An electric 78 track has been added. Source: Two 1920s tinted Pathé home-use prints from the rental library of Kinona Films (Howell, NJ).

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





"Campus Knights"

Raymond McKee in
"Campus Knights"


   Here is the 1929 Chesterfield feature "Campus Knights" starring Raymond McKee and featuring an all new musical score written and performed by Jeff Rapsis.
   McKee plays dual roles as the timid and reserved Professor Ezra Hastings and his far less bashfull brother Earl. A girls' college serves as the backdrop for this comedy of errors in which the poor professor (who specializes in the study of butterflies, snails and other sundry critters) is continually mistaken for his womanizing sibling and vice versa. On several occasions Ezra's position at the school is jeopardized in the confusion and the whole ugly affair comes to a head when one of Earl's old flames shows up on campus threatening to sue for breach of promise. It's an entertaining feature that runs approximately 56 minutes and the new musical score with its interwoven themes makes it that much more enjoyable.

Restoration notes:

Reels 1 and 3 have been taken from video by special arrangement with Paul Lisy of efootage.com (fomerly of Videobrary). Reels 2, 4, 5 and 6 are brand new, sparkling transfers from our own 16mm source material. Jeff's score has been composed especially for, and sequenced to, this newly edited version. The score was played on a Korg Workstation and recorded in digital stereo.

Details:

Campus Knights (March 1929; Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corp); directed by Albert H. Kelley. Cast: Raymond McKee, Shirley Palmer, Marie Quillan, Jean Laverty, J.C. Fowler, Sybil Grove, P.J. Danby, Leo White and Lewis Sargent. New musical score by Jeff Rapsis and copyright 2009 by Silent Film Recreations.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





"Christ The King"

   "Christ The King" is a 1948 (Mexican) retelling of the four gospels of the New Testament. This version uses an English narrative to communicate the story and has dubbed effects, music, etc. which combine to move the drama along quite nicely. The film was produced by Ramon Pareda, directed by José Diaz Morales and adapted from the Biblical text by Marylin Herd.
   Released on Good Friday, this film is suitable for all families at any time of the year. Regretfully, we have not been able to locate a cast list for the film, but wish to point out that the age-old stories have been retold beautifully and dramatically.



Restoration notes:
In order to fit this film on a -R disc without image degradation we have omitted a menu system. Simply pop the disc in and playback will initiate on its own. The source material is a 16mm print which has been transferred directly to digital media.

US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)





Christie Comedies Vol. 1

Four Two-Reelers!

   Bobby Vernon, Walter Hiers, Billy Dooley and Jimmie Adams are the featured comedians in this new dvd collection. Complete Christie comedies are very hard to find and here are four beauties to kick off this series. All but one title are new transfers from our own 16mm collection. The one video copy (Goofy Ghosts) comes from a very good quality NTSC video copy. As a bonus, we have thrown in reel two from Weak But Willing - a 1926 Walter Hiers title. Hold Everything (starring Bobby Vernon) and A Moony Mariner (with Billy Dooley) have replacement inter-titles. All of the shorts have real main, production and end titles. As always, the films are accompanied by restored musical tracks taken from period recordings.

Contents:

Hold Everything (released 9/30/23; prod. by Christie). Two reels; directed by Scott Sidney. Cast: Bobby Vernon and Vera Steadman. Bobby breaks up with his girl and winds up in a cab driven by a jewel thief. The criminal forces Bobby to swap clothes, but Vernon manages to make off with the cab (and, unwittingly, the jewels as well). The thief pursues Bobby for the balance of the film. Along the way, we meet Vera Steadman and a host of elderly ladies she visits as an angel of mercy. A very funny short that ends with a lake-draining scene à la Sennett short "A Muddy Romance." This is a new transfer from a print in our own collection and the visual quality is exceptional. All of the main titles and the end title are original. The inter-titles have been recreated from the action. This short runs about 15 minutes and is as complete as it is ever likely to be.

Wireless Lizzie (released 3/7/26; prod. by Christie). Two reels; directed by Earle Rodney. Cast: Walter Hiers, Duanne Thompson, Jack Duffy and William Irving. Walter is an electronics inventor who devises "wireless" controls for everything in his possession - including his Model T. He is in love with Jack Duffy's daughter and conspires to elope with her. Unfortunately, his rival (William Irving)has other plans and hijacks the remote controls for Walter's car. This new digital transfer comes from a print in our collection and is sharp as a tack. It features original titles and tags from beginning to end.

A Moony Mariner (released 9/24/27; prod. by Christie). Two reels; directed by William Watson. Cast: Billy Dooley, Vera Steadman, Billy Engle and Blanche Payson. Billy Engle is a rocket scientist who has invented a new dynamite-powered moon rocket. He intends to launch the machine using a condemned killer as a pilot - the murderer having been given the option to face either the electric chair or this near-certain suicide mission. When the state executes the man, Engle is left without a pilot - enter Billy. In exchange for the hand of the scientist's daughter (Vera Steadman), Dooley agrees to pilot the rocket to the moon. Needless to say, our hero gets nowhere near outer space and winds up, instead, crashing through the roof of a Turkish spa. Of course, he thinks he is on the moon and in the company of moon men. This is a new 16mm transfer and is razor sharp. The main titles, production titles and end tags are all real. The inter-titles have been recreated from the action.

Goofy Ghosts (4/28/28; prod. by Christie). Two reels; directed by Harold Beaudine. Cast: Jimmie Adams, Loraine MacLean, Billy Engle, Eddie Baker, Curtis "Snowball" McHenry and "Buddy" the Wonderdog. Slapstick in an old dark house with Jimmie and his wife vacationing at "Uncle's" house (Billy Engle). Unfortunately, Engle is being blackmailed by "The Skull" - a terrifying criminal who runs around in a skeleton suit. The prize sought by the would-be spectre is a wad of cash stashed in Engle's safe. This is the only video transfer on the disc, but is very good quality. The titles all original.

Weak But Willing (reel 2 only) (1/3/26; prod. by Christie). Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Walter Hiers, William Irving and Jack Duffy. In order to join the "Ancient Order of Goats," Walter must pass an initiation rite. In the process he finds himself at odds with the police, skeletons and gravity in a high and dizzy end sequence. A very obscure film, but very nice 16mm source material.

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Christie Comedies
Volume II

Starring
Neal Burns, Billy Dooley
and Jimmy Adams
With Leading Ladies:
Vera Steadman and Edna Marion

    Here we present another collection of Christie comedies with a pair of complete two-reelers and three one-reel versions. We are happy to report that every Norman Z. McLeod cartoon intertitle has been preserved in these shorts and new Christie-Paramount opening and closing titles have replaced the "Hollywood Film Enterprises" beginnings on the three Billy Dooley one-reel shorts. Many of your favorite Christie stock players are present in these films, including Eddie Baker, Eddie Barry, Nancy Dover and William Irving. All of these films have semi-synchronized, restored disc recordings as backing tracks and any title with a release date later than 1925 features an electric track. Every title on this disc is a new transfer from an original print and all have either original titles, or replaced titles modeled after the genuine article.

Details:

Nerve Tonic (5-18-24; Christie-Educational). Directed by Harold Beaudine. Cast: Jimmie Adams, Marie Astaire, Jay Belasco, George Pearce and Margaret Cullington. Jimmie's doctor sets up a drastic cure for a nervous disorder. This version was transferred from a small-gauge print in our collection using a GOKO Telecine System. It is presented at 24fps. One reel.

Dodging Trouble (11-14-26; Christie-Educational). Directed by Harold Beaudine. Cast: Neal Burns, Edna Marion, Eddie Baker and "Buddy the Wonderdog." Neal and Edna are off to honeymoon in Paris, but a relentless agent of the law is bent on delivering a subpoena. Source material is a 16mm print from the collection of Peter Mikkelsen. Two reels.

Sailor Beware (2-20-27; Christie-Paramount). Directed by William Watson. Cast: Billy Dooley, Vera Steadman, Eddie Baker and Max Asher. Billy turns up in port with a small, furry gift for his girl. Unfortunately, another Guinea Pig, one that is infected with something resembling plague, is reported to be on the loose. Pandemonium ensues and even the caretaker of the local nuthouse is called on to the scene. One reel (condensation). This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection.

Oriental Hugs (11-29-28; Christie-Paramount). Directed by Arvid E. Gillstrom. Cast: Billy Dooley, Vera Steadman and William Irving. This time Billy turns the nation of Turkey on its ear while on leave. Sultan William Irving is not amused by Billy's attempts to rescue the lovely Vera Steadman who "always wanted to see a harem." One reel (condensation). Another direct 16mm transfer.

Happy Heels (1-19-29; Christie-Paramount). Directed by William Holland. Cast: Billy Dooley, Vera Steadman, Nancy Dover and Eddie Barry. Billy visits his cousin at the theater in which she works as a chorus girl. She has promised to fix him up with one of the other girls. We get to see Dooley do a fair bit of eccentric dancing in this short. Dooley and fellow Christie star Frances Lee had been a vaudeville dancing team. This is Billy alone, but it serves to illustrate his skills quite effectively. One reel (condensation). Another direct 16mm transfer.

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Clark and McCullough
Volume 1

    Here are America's premiere comic troublemakers in a trio of zany RKO two-reelers. The stock in trade of comedians Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough is high-energy calamity and there's plenty to go around in "False Roomers," "Jitters the Butler" and "Snug in the Jug." The supporting casts add to the fun with Jimmy Finlayson, Dorothy Granger, Eddie Dunn, Harry Gribbon and Maude Truax all suffering embarrassment, indignity and disgrace at the hands of our heroes.
    "False Roomers" is the second short that Clark and McCullough made for RKO and is a prime example of the bizzare world they inhabit. The bulk of the action takes place in a rooming house and the tenants include Eddie Dunn, Josephine Whittel, Nora Cecil, Harry Dunkinson and Kewpie Morgan. The short is built around a typically thin plot with the bulk of the laughs coming from the interaction of the characters. Finlayson is an amicable but hard of hearing landlord who has only two rules: the hall light must be put out a 10:00 pm and there is to be "NO COOKING" in the rooms. Clark and McCullough, however, have other ideas and begin popping corn the minute Finlayson leaves. The one-liners and bizarre circumstances that ensue are unexplainable, but you won't be disappointed. It is a gem of a film and a very obscure one at that.
   "Snug in the Jug" and "Jitters the Butler" are also typically strange outings in landscapes constructed by the imagination of Bobby Clark. Jimmy Finlayson and Dorothy Granger support the Boys in "Jitters the Butler." In this short, the Boys are street sweepers who become victims of Dorothy Granger's poor driving skills. Though largely uninjured by the accident, she insists upon taking them home. Here, as Mr. Broomly and Mr. Blodgett of Panama, they disrupt a party she is giving to bolster the campaign of her husband (Finlayson) in his re-election bid for comissioner of street sweepers. Little does she realize the true identity of her "guests" - who have recently been fired by her husband. The comedy is aided substantially by Robert Greig as Jitters - a butler who enjoys a good, swift kick in the ass now and again - a "peculiar complex" that Bobby Clark is only too happy to accommodate.
   Harry Gribbon goes toe to toe with the Boys in "Snug in the Jug" as Snug Mullins, a criminal-at-large whom the Boys target for arrest by hanging wanted posters all over town. The fun ensues when Mullins disguises himself as a noted Austrian criminologist whom Clark and McCullough have befriended to both gain access to a valuable set of pearls and to "take care of" our heroes. Fine support is provided by James C. Morton, Harry Bowen and Lelia Leslie. Another sound, comedic disaster orchestrated by Mr. Perriwinkle and his "mental hazard" Mr. Blodgett.
    All of these titles have been transferred from 16mm prints and the image quality is among the best we have offered thus far. There is a bonus short attached to the end of "Snug in the Jug," an entry in the "Voice of Hollywood" series - this one hosted by Robert Woolsey and featuring cameos by Lew Cody, Raquel Torres and Buster Keaton.

The Films:

False Roomers (RKO Radio Pictures; 10-10-31). Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, James Finlayson, Eddie Dunn, Josephine Whittal, Harry Dunkinson, Nora Cecil and Kewpie Ross. Two reels

Jitters the Butler (RKO Radio Pictures; 12-30-32). Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, James Finlayson, Dorothy Granger, Robert Greig and Maude Truax. Two reels

Snug in the Jug (RKO Radio Pictures; 11-2-33). Directed by Ben Holmes. Cast: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, Harry Gribbon, Lelia Leslie, Anders Van Haden, James C. Morton, Harry Bowen and Russ Powell. Two reels

Easter Egg
The Voice of Hollywood (Tiffany Productions, Inc.; 1931). Cast: Robert Woolsey (host), Buster Keaton, Lew Cody, Raquel Torres. This version has the original British certificate at the head and features Wardour titles. One reel

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Clark and McCullough, Volume 2

   Three more great shorts from the zaniest duo of the 1930s, Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough. Two of these shorts are brand new 16mm transfers from prints in our own collection. The third is an exceptional video transfer procured from a fellow collector. All three of these shorts are a lot of fun and feature familiar RKO faces in support roles. Monte Collins, Ferdinand Munier, Jack Rice and Tom Kennedy all make appearances.

Details

Kickin' the Crown Around (8-4-33; RKO Radio Pictures); directed by Sam White. Starring: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, Ferdinand Munier, Leni Stengel, Eddie Baker and Neal Burns. This print comes from an excellent video source.
Love and Hisses (6-8-34; RKO Radio Pictures); directed by Sam White. Starring: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, Ferdinand Munier, Maude Truax, Monte Collins and Vivian Reid. This is a new 16mm transfer.
Odor in the Court (8-2-34; RKO Radio Pictures); directed by Ben Holmes. Cast: Bobby Clark, Paul McCullough, Jack Rice, Tom Kennedy, Helen Collins and Gus Reed. This is a new 16mm transfer.

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The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City

      A very late silent feature starring the 1920s' most popular culturally mixed families

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Corsair
Starring: Thelma Todd and Chester Morris
The Second Edition in our Thelma Todd Signature Series

   Roland West's "Corsair" has circulated among video and DVD collectors for some time, but always in a very beat up, second, or even third, generation video copy. This is a brand new transfer from our own 16mm print. We have also taken the liberty of fixng many of the sound-sync problems that seem to plague this film. Due to the length of the picture and the capacity of the DVDs, we have limited the content to the film alone in an effort to maximize the image quality.
   West changed Thelma Todd's name to Alison Lloyd for this film, apparently owing to the numerological superiority of the new moniker. According to some sources, he also felt that her real name was too closely associated with low comedy. Regardless, she looks the same and West gives her lots of breathless close-ups.
   All of your favorite Roland West elements are present in this film: darkly lit sets, terse dialog worthy of Ed Wood and bizarre characters like the hideously repulsive human being known in this film as "Fish Face."

Cast:
Chester Morris ... John Hawks
Thelma Todd ... Alison Corning (as Alison Loyd)
Fred Kohler ... Big John
Ned Sparks ... Slim
Emmett Corrigan ... Stephen Corning
William Austin ... Richard Bentinck
Frank McHugh ... 'Chub' Hopping
Frank Rice ... Fish Face
Mayo Methot ... Sophie
Gay Seabrook ... Susie Grenoble
Addie McPhail ... Jean Phillips
Al Hill
Pat Hartigan
Sidney D'Albrook

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Dizzy Damsels Have Taken the Stage!

      Our newest DVD release highlights the work of four early comediennes: Fay Tincher, Alice Howell, Edna Marion and Wanda Wiley. Included in this collection are five films which span the years 1914 to 1926. Largely neglected by modern audiences and unjustly overlooked, these women often shine brilliantly - especially in the case of Alice Howell (whom Stan Laurel held in very high regard). In this collection are five shorts that we think represent both rarity and quality - though perhaps not always in equal measure. All of the shorts were transferred from 16mm prints and, as always, we strive to provide you with the best materials available. The soundtracks have been compiled from both acoustic and electric 78rpm records and minimal compression has been applied to the video content during the mastering process.






The Titles
Our thanks to Steve Massa for the reseach contained in the notes below

Fay Tincher
Ethel's Roof Party
(Reliance-Majestic/Mutual; 11/8/14); 1 reel; silent with acoustic track; directed by Edward Dillon; writer Paul West. Cast: Fay Tincher, Tammany Young, Joseph "Baldy" Belmont, Anna May Walthall, Mae Gaston, Maxfield Stanley, Max Davidson, Bobby Fuhrer (Bobby Ray) and Richard Talmadge. No. 10 in the "Bill the Office Boy" series made for Komic Comedies made under the aegis of D.W. Griffith. Only a handful of these films exist today and even those are difficult to see without access to major film archives. (~S.M.)

Alice Howell
Cinderella Cinders
(Reelcraft-States Rights; 5/20); 2 reels; silent with acoustic track; directed by Frederick J. Ireland. Cast: Alice Howell, Dick Smith, Rose Burkhardt, Mattie Fitzgerald and Leo Sulky. This short features a fabulous performance by Alice Howell as a short order cook (also the head of a women's labor union) who is hired at the last minute by a rich couple for a grand party. When a Count and Countess - who are in reality a pair of recently escaped thieves - announce their intention to attend, Alice and the butler are gussied up as additional aristocratic guests. Add a spiked punch bowl to this already volatile mix and you have a first-class two-reel comedy. (~D.S.)

One Wet Night (Universal; 4/26/24); 1 reel; silent with acoustic track; written and directed by William Watson. Cast: Alice Howell, Neely Edwards, Bert Roach and Tiny Sandford. After leaving Reelcraft, Alice Howell was hired by Universal to star in a series of domestic comedies with Neely Edwards (as her husband) and Bert Roach (who played their goofy butler). One Wet Night is a fine one-reel comedy with a enough waterlogged insanity to complement just about anyone's idea of a Saturday night bath. (~D.S., S.M.)

Edna Marion
Uncle Tom's Gal
(Century-Universal; 10/07/25); 2 reels; silent with an electric track; written and directed by William H. Watson. Cast: Edna Marion. Uncle Tom's Gal may seem to some folks a bit over the edge in terms of what contemporary audiences deem socially acceptable, but it is important to view the film in the context in which it was made. So, put on your 1925 glasses prior to watching this one and remember there there is an important distinction between commentary and deliberate offense. Edna plays a small town gal who yearns to be a big screen actress. When a production company turns up on her farm to film Uncle Tom's Cabin, she gets her big chance to break into pictures. Naturally, it turns out disastrously for everyone concerned. This is one of only two entries in this series that we are aware of - and the only one in private hands - making Uncle Tom's Gal a very rare bird. (~D.S.)

Wanda Wiley
Flying Wheels
(Century-Universal; 3/03/26); 1 reel (reel 2 of what was originally a two-reel comedy); silent with an electric track; written and directed by Edward I. Luddy. Cast: Wanda Wiley; Alfred Hewston, Joe Barnes and Consuela Dawn. Wanda plays the daughter of an automobile dealer (Alfred Hewston). As we enter the action, she is attempting to sneak back into the agency after spending the morning playing golf. To avert her father's anger, she takes off with the company race car and enters an annual dealers' race when the hired driver skips town unexpectedly. You can imagine the consequences, but it all works out in the end. A rare look at the work of another obscure 1920s comedienne who has been largely forgotten today. (~D.S.)


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Dizzy Damsels, Volume II

Starring:
Frances Lee, Gale Henry, Mabel Normand,
Carole Lombard and Daphne Pollard

   Here is yet another adventure in the land of obscure silent comediennes. In this case, we travel to the Christie Studios to meet up with Frances Lee in two entries from the "Confessions of a Chorus Girl" series, as well as Gale Henry in costarring roles opposite Neal Burns and Jack Duffy. Then, it's over to Sennett for Mabel Normand in "Mabel Lost and Won" and a much later comedy ("Run, Girl, Run") starring Carol Lombard (later known as Carole) and Daphne Pollard. All of these films have semi-synchronized, restored disc and/or cylinder recordings as backing tracks and any title with a release date later than 1925 features an electric track. Every title on this disc is a new transfer from an original print and all have either original titles, or replaced titles modeled after the genuine article.

Details:

Mabel, Lost and Won (6-3-15; Sennett-Mutual). Directed by Mabel Normand. Cast: Mabel Normand, Owen Moore and Mack Swain. A typical tale of betrothal, duplicity and betrayal, 1915-style. This version is presented at 24fps. 1 reel.

Soup to Nuts (8-30-25; Christie-Educational). Directed by William Watson. Cast: Neal Burns, Vera Steadman, Gale Henry and William Irving. A wealthy girl, living on a shoestring and dependent upon a stream of family wealth for the maintenance of her place in society, hires her ne'er-do-well boyfriend as butler to impress a visiting aunt. Source material is a 16mm print in our collection. 2 reels.

Long Hose (3-17-28; Christie-Paramount). Directed by William Watson. Cast: Jack Duffy, Gayle Lord, James Harrison and Gale Henry. A small-town fire chief is called upon to settle a dispute between rival store owners which has taken an arsonistic turn. 1 reel (condensation). This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection.

Nifty Numbers (12-29-28; Christie-Paramount; Confessions of a Chorus Girl Series). Directed by William Holland. Cast: Frances Lee, Billy Engle, Jimmy Hertz and Eddie Barry. The usual treatment of chorus girls engaged by swimsuit manufacturers to participate in a game of strip poker with an important buyer. 1 reel (condensation). Another direct 16mm transfer.

Stage Struck Susie (5-24-29; Christie-Paramount; Confessions of a Chorus Girl Series). Directed by Neal Burns. Cast: Frances Lee, Billy Engle and Eddie Barry. An impressionable college girl wants to work in the theater over the objections of her father. 1 reel (condensation). Another direct 16mm transfer.

Run, Girl, Run (1-15-28; Sennett-Pathé). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Carol [sic] Lombard, Daphne Pollard, Lionel Belmore and Madalynne Field. (Look for "guest" appearances by Andy Clyde, Dot Farley and Barney Hellum.) A college sports story in which Miss Lombard is torn between her loyalties for her school and a cadet from the local military academy. This is a new transfer of a small-gauge print with re-created title sets.

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Educational Film Exchanges
Volume 1

    In our first edition of Educational Pictures short subjects, we have chosen a diverse selection of films that represent the varied output of E.W. Hammons' company. The titles include five comedy shorts and an original 1927 travelogue with fabulous animated titles. Presented on this DVD are the work of comedians Lige Conley, Neal Burns, Cliff Bowes, Andy Clyde and Billy Gilbert. All of the titles are new transfers from prints in our collection, except "Court Plaster" which was taken from a tape master of an older 16mm transfer. The silent films on this disc are presented at 24fps with original or re-created titles and have restored 78rpm soundtracks.

Details:

Air Pockets (Educational; 5-25-24). Directed by Fred Hibbard. Cast: Lige Conley, Earl Montgomery, Sunshine Hart, Olive Borden, Peggy O'Neil and Otto Fries. 2 reels. This is a compete short taken from a small-gauge print. A new end title has been added.

Court Plaster (Christie-Educational; 9-28-24). Directed by Gil Pratt. Cast: Neal Burns, Jack Duffy, George C. Pearce, Billy Beck, William Blaisdell, Budd Fine, Lucille King and Molly Malone. 1 reel version. This is an older 16mm transfer from a tape master in our collection. New main titles and end titles have been added.

A Merry-Go-Round of Travel (Lyman H. Howe Films-Educational; 9-19-26). Written by James F. Clemenger. This travelogue takes you from the Southwestern United States to Sweden, Japan, Jerusalem and Venezuela and features intricately animated titles and sequences. 1 reel. This is a new 16mm transfer from a Kodascope print in our collection.

Served Hot (Cameo-Educational 2-10-29). Directed by Francis Martin. Cast: Cliff Bowes, Glen Cavender, Delores Johnson, Jack "Tiny" Lipson, Al Thompson and Helen Ward. 1 reel. This is a new 16mm transfer of a sparkling print.

Artist's Muddles (Educational 1-29-33). Directed by Harry Edwards. Cast: Andy Clyde, Vernon Dent, Faye Pierre and Luis Alberni. 2 reels; sound. This is a new 16mm transfer. A new end title has been added.

Two Lame Ducks (Educational 1934). Directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Billy Gilbert, Vince Barnett and Billy Franey. 1-reel version; sound. This is a new 16mm transfer.

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WELCOME TO THE PICTURE PALACE

The World of the Movie Theater That Your Grandparents Knew

MARK JOHNSON'S FABULOUS GLASS SLIDE SHOW, VOLUME I

We proudly inaugurate our all-new Welcome to the Picture Palace series with this disc featuring more than 200 glass slides from the collection of Mark Johnson.

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"HAM" ~ THE LOST MAGIC OF LLOYD HAMILTON
A Look at the Career of Lloyd Hamilton

A five-disc set covering most of his 20+ years in Hollywood
with an entire disc of extras.

If you still can't get enough of Ham, check out
Sennett Vol. 5, Hamaddenda, and
2010 Mirthquake Obscurities!






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Hamaddenda 1

THE LOST MAGIC OF LLOYD HAMILTON



   Here is another instalment in the "Lost Magic of Lloyd Hamilton" series. With this disc you get Ham's earliest surviving Kalem comedy (a solo without Bud in which Ham more resembles his early Educational character!), three Ham and Bud one-reelers, two silent Educational comedies (one of which is directed by and costars Charley Chase) and a 1930 Educational talkie. The four Kalem shorts are all brand new transfers from 16mm materials. The silent Educationals are older 9.5mm transfers from British home-use prints (we have tinted them and added new title sets). The talkie also comes from excellent quality 16mm material. All of the silents have semi-synchronized, restored disc and/or cylinder recordings as backing tracks.

Restoration notes:

"The Reformation of Ham" (Kalem, 1914) has been corrected with respect to continuity. The only print that seems to have survived in the collectors' market has been badly resequenced and makes little sense in that state. We have edited the film back into coherent form and present it here as it must have been released to theaters in 1914. The other three Kalems have been given "Jans Productions" main titles and original "spider's web" ends. "A Sauerkraut Symphony" has original Kalem titles and was directed by Ham himself! The two silent Educational shorts are truncated home-use market copies, but are in decent shape and very funny shorts. Look for Charley Chase in "Moonshine" - he plays a dual role! Finally, "Prized Puppies," the talkie on this disc, has been beautifully transferred and we have paid special attention to cleaning up the audio track in order to improve the range and fidelity of the original recording.

Details:

The Reformation of Ham (12-25-14; Kalem); directed by Marshall Neilan. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Richard Coleman and Harry Hoffman. A tale of drunkenness, debauchery, patriotism and cultural intolerance - everything you might expect from your average 1914 violent comedy. This is a new transfer from a 16mm print.

Ham's Whirlwind Finish (7-25-16; Kalem). Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Bud Duncan and Ethel Teare. The Boys wreak havoc in the Italian-American quarter with a dynamite-crazed Sicilian and his flirtatious gal. Another 16mm transfer.

A Sauerkraut Symphony (10-17-16; Kalem); directed by Lloyd Hamilton. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Bud Duncan, Ethel Teare and Henry Murdock. Ham and Bud confront an anarchist who has dedicated himself to the purpose of blowing up every sauerkraut factory in existence. This is a new 16mm transfer.

Whirlwind of Whiskers (10-17-17; Kalem). Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Bud Duncan and Marin Sais. Posing as detectives, Ham and Bud track a criminal's movements - largely through the barbershop of an excitable Frenchman. This is another 16mm transfer.

The Simp (10-24-20; Astra Film-Mermaid-Educational); directed by Owen Davis and Arthur Roche. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Marvel Rae, Otto Fries and Jess Weldon. Ham is tossed out of the house and finds his way into the mission of the lovely Marvel Rae - not without vexing Otto Fries along the way, however. 9.5mm transfer.

Moonshine (12-26-20; Astra Film-Mermaid-Educational); directed by Charles Parrott. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Bee Monson, Otto Fries, William White and Charles Parrott. Ham is the son of a an old moonshiner and his wife who grows up to be a chip off the old block. 9.5mm transfer.

Prized Puppies (8-3-30; Educational); directed by Alf Goulding. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Stella Adams, William T. Haynes and Harry Fenwick. Ejected from his rooming house, Ham finds himself mistaken for a dog show judge who is expected to throw the contest in favor of multiple owners - each of whom has entered a rather large "police dog" in the contest. 16mm transfer.

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Harry Langdon
Shanghaied Lovers

Two Silents and Two Talkies
New Music Scores by Jeff Rapsis

    Here are a handful of Harry Langdon films submitted for your approval. "Shanghaied Lovers" is presented for the first time in many years as a complete two-reel short. "Remember When?" has been reconstructed to resemble the film that was originally released to American audiences in 1925. Both of these films have newly generated main titles and inter-titles. "The Stage Hand" is a decent Langdon talkie effort and was transferred from a 16mm print in our collection. Finally, "Goodness, A Ghost" has been tacked on as an extra. This was a 1938 RKO release and, while not the best Langdon film in the catalog, it does have its moments. This version was transferred from a Secam video in our collection. Both silent titles on this disc are presented at 24fps with original or re-created titles and have new piano soundtracks by Jeff Rapsis.

Details:

Shanghaied Lovers (Sennett-Pathé; 3-30-24). Directed by Roy DelRuth. Cast: Harry Langdon, Alice Day, Kalla Pascha and Andy Clyde. 2 reels. This is the compete short presented for the first time in many years. Reel 1 is taken from a Kinescope and reel 2 is a new transfer from a 16mm source. New main titles and inter-titles have been added. Whenever possible, flash titles have been recreated. The short has a brand new piano score by Jeff Rapsis.

Remember When? (Sennett-Pathé; 4-26-25). Directed by Harry Edwards. Cast: Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston and Vernon Dent. 2 reels. This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection. The sequence of scenes has been altered to bring it back to a version closer to the one originally released. The version in circulation appears to have been changed from the original edit, as things just don't make sense or are improperly explained. New main titles and inter-titles have also been added. This short has a new music score by Jeff Rapsis.

The Stage Hand (Educational; 9-8-33). Directed by Harry Edwards. Cast: Harry Langdon, Marel Foster, Ira Hayward and Eddie Schubert. 2 reels. This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection. It has been furnished with a replacement end title.

Goodness, A Ghost (RKO; 3-8-40). Directed by Harry D'Arcy. Cast: Harry Langdon, 2 reels. This is a transfer from Secam video. The signal has been converted to NTSC and the aspect ratio returned to its original form.

Please note: All video materials have been restored to the best signal possible, given the source materials submitted to us. Sharpness and contrast are tweaked and all color is removed. The films are painstakingly compiled frame by frame over a period of six to eight hours in an attempt to produce optimal picture quality.

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Keaton
Educational Shorts

   We are happy to offer you the complete series of sound shorts made by Buster Keaton for Educational. This is the entire run in a six- disc set. Fifteen of the sixteen shorts are all new transfers from 16mm original prints in our own collection. One other (Allez Oop) is taken from an excellent video source. Also contained in this set are a number of bonus features including: "Way Up Thar" (a Joan Davis and Roy Rogers short costarring the Keaton Family, sans Buster), "Home Cured" (a silent Educational one-reel comedy starring Johnny Arthur and directed by Keaton's friend and mentor, Roscoe Arbuckle), various Keaton TV performances from the 1950s and '60s, alternate takes from the silent feature "Go West" and a number of easter eggs hidden throughout. There are six discs in all and they are packaged in two DVD cases. The price for this whole collection is just $32.50 (+$6.00 s/h). The print quality and transfers are all sharp as a tack - if we do say so ourselves. Don't miss your chance to have all the Keaton Educationals in a single collection and get some terrific upgrades of your old video prints at the same time. Individual titles or discs are not available separately.


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Kid Gangs and Juvenile Stars

   All of your favorite juvenile stars and kid gangs are represented on this two-disc set. Our Gang, The McDougal Alley Kids, Big Boy, the gang from Hey Fellas, Arthur Trimble as Buster Brown, Mickey "Himself" McGuire and a handful of others appear in these obscure two-reel comedies. Titles include Our Gang in One Wild Ride and Monkey Business. The McDougal Alley Kids put in an appearance in a rare, complete two-reeler called The Big Pie Raid. The kids from "Hey Fellas" (including Mickey Daniels' brother) star in Fire Flies. Educational Pictures juvenile star "Big Boy" (Malcolm Sebastian) appears in two shorts: Navy Beans and Bearcats. Mickey "Himself" McGuire (Mickey Rooney) entertains you in Mickey's Big Game Hunt and Arthur Trimble, Doreen Turner and "Pete the Pup" round out the bill in the Universal-Stern Brothers short Buster's Nose Dive. In addition to these titles there are dozens of toy projector reels featuring many of the above-listed folks - including Our Gang in Donkey Delivery Service - and an excerpt from Our Gang, the very first Our Gang short. We also have included an audio file of the 1930s Our Gangers from George Jessel's radio program 30 Minutes in Hollywood. Some additional Easter Egg surprises await you also.
   The overall visual quality is good to excellent. The scores are restored 78 rpm acoustic recordings. The radio program is digitally remastered and restored. This is a two-disc set.

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Klondike
The First Edition in our Thelma Todd Signature Series


      A 1932 Monogram feature starring Thelma Todd, Lyle Talbot and Henry B. Walthall. This disc also features a slide show of Thelma Todd stills and publicity items.

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L'Argent

      Here is the much sought after silent French feature L'Argent made in 1928 and directed by Marcel L'Herbier

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The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy
There are few paths in historic Hollywood that did not cross in the larger world of Laurel and Hardy
THE LARGER WORLD OF LAUREL AND HARDY, VOL. I

Shorts Featuring Your Stock Company Favorites!

The Scholar
The Royal Flush
Madame Mystery
A Man About Town
Winter Has Come

Plus: "Constance Bennett's Daily Beauty Rituals"

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THE LARGER WORLD OF LAUREL AND HARDY, VOL. II

Four More Shorts Featuring Your Stock Company Favorites!

Ambrose's First Falsehood
Call the Wagon
Married to Order
The Hobo

Plus: "The Other Fellow" Starring Edgar Kennedy

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THE LARGER WORLD OF LAUREL AND HARDY, VOL. III

Featuring Jimmy Finlayson, Blanche Payson and Oliver Hardy!

Seeing the World
Reno or Bust
He's In Again

Plus: Four Rare Film Fragments with Thelma Todd, Blanche Payson,
Jimmy Finlayson and Laurel and Hardy


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The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy, Volume 4

   We're pleased to announce the fourth volume in the "Larger World" series. This one is, in large part, a tribute to Mae Busch and features four shorts starring this favorite Laurel and Hardy foil. We follow Mae through her Keystone years and into the sound era with a collection of seldom seen films highlighting her comedic talents. Caught up in the fun we find a young Charley Chase who adds immeasurable fun to the proceedings. Add into the bargain the abilities of Mack Swain and Harry Gribbon and you've got first class slapstick comedy.
   Babe Hardy is featured in a two-reel comedy with Billy West called "The Villain." In this one, Mr. Hardy plays his entire role in drag as the daughter of a wealthy doctor whom Billy and his gang have targeted for burglary. It has to be seen to be believed!
   Rounding out the program is a one-reel short featuring L&H director Jimmy Parrott (as Paul Parrott), brother of Charley Chase. The pacing of this short and the general style of comedy will be immediately familiar to L&H fans and, hopefully, the influence of the younger Parrott upon the world of Laurel and Hardy will become readily apparent.

The Films:

Ye Olden Grafter (Keystone-Mutual; 2-18-15); Dir. Del Henderson; Cast: Mack Swain, Mae Busch, Harry Gribbon and Minta Durfee. Split reel

Settled at the Seaside (Keystone-Mutual; 3-29-15); Dir. Walter Wright; Cast: Charley Chase, Mae Busch and Fritz Schade. Split reel

The Rent Jumpers (Keystone-Mutual; 4-8-15); Dir. Frank Griffith; Cast: Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Fritz Schade and Frank Opperman. One reel

The Villain (King-Bee Film Corp.- states' rights release; 7/15/17); Dir. Arvid E. Gillstrom; Cast: Billy West, Babe Hardy, Florence McLoughlin, Budd Ross, Ethlyn Gibson, Leo White and Joe Cohen. Two reels

Post No Bills (Roach-Pathé; 8/5/23); Dir. Ralph Cedar; Cast: Paul Parrott, Marie Mosquini, George Rowe, Noah Young. One reel

High Hats and Low Brows (RKO-Pathé; 1932); Dir. Harry Sweet; Cast: James Gleason, Harry Gribbon, Mae Busch, Gertrude Astor. Tom McGuire, Maude Truax and Irving Bacon. Two reels

This disc also contains an opening montage built around some rarely seen photos of Mae Busch.

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The Larger World of
Laurel & Hardy, Vol. 5
Almost Hats Off

    Here is a collection of films that exploit the central gag of "Hats Off" (and also "The Music Box") - the difficulty of surmounting that grand flight of steps. In two cases ("Ice Cold Cocos" and "It's Your Move") the very same staircase is used. Since "Hats Off" is likely lost to the world, we can only speculate as to the specific content of the film. This disc, however, attempts to answer some of the most significant questions burning in the minds of all Laurel and Hardy fans - what did it look like? Well, "It's Your Move" (1945), directed by Hal Yates (also director of "Hats Off"), captures the washing machine delivery sequence quite well. Yates duplicates that portion of "Hats Off" to the letter and we can almost envision the original cast (Stan, Babe and Anita Garvin) as they must have appeared in their respective roles - in this case filled by Edgar Kennedy, Jack Rice and Maxine Semon. "Ice Cold Cocos" (1926) gives us a look at the staircase (and the principal gag) as it appeared a year before "Hats Off" was filmed - so much for originality. "His Musical Career" takes us back even further (1914) into the silent comedy ether by demonstrating that moving heavy objects up lengthy sets of stairs has been a part of our comic heritage for at least 90-odd years. An original video presentation of Laurel and Hardy sites around Los Angeles and Culver City (including a look at Thelma Todd's Café) rounds out the contents of this disc.

The Films:

His Musical Career (Keystone-Mutual; 11-7-14); Dir. C. Chaplin; Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Fritz Schade, Charley Chase

Ice Cold Cocos (Sennett-Pathé; 6-20-26); Dir. Del Lord; Cast: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Kewpie Morgan, Louise Carver

It's Your Move (RKO 8-10-45); Dir. Hal Yates; Cast: Edgar Kennedy, Jack Rice, Florence Lake, Dot Farley


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The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy Vol. 6

"In Like Fin"

              
Starring: James Finlayson, Clyde Cook and the lovely Fay Wray

also featuring the writing and direction of Stan Laurel

   In our first tribute to veteran character actor and Roach Stock Company favorite Jimmy Finlayson, we've put together a six-film program that highlights his work at that studio during the 1925 and '26 seasons. For good measure, a 1923 Snub Pollard one-reeler featuring Fin in a prominent supporting role has also been included. Rounding out the acting talent in these shorts are, among many others, Martha Sleeper, William Gillespie, Helen Gilmore, Katherine Grant, Billy Engel, Tyler Brooke, George Rowe, Anita Garvin and Noah Young. Even Stan appears in a cameo role at the end of "What's the World Coming To?"
   The six shorts on Volume 6 of "The Larger World..." offer a healthy dose of one-eyebrowed, Scottish disapproval from a much admired Laurel and Hardy costar. Here he is at the top of his game as star, costar and superior foil just a few years prior to his unforgettable performances opposite the Boys. Jimmy Finlayson possessed an eccentric form of comedic genius that must be experienced to be understood and, even then, it cannot be explained. He was, and is, inimitable.
   In as much as this disc revels in eye squints and double takes, it also features some fine work by Australian comedian Clyde Cook and some very early appearances by King Kong's girlfriend, Fay Wray.
   Cook is the star of two shorts in this collection ("What's The World Coming To?"; "Moonlight and Noses") and demonstrates a comedic skill which he honed during his work under the direction of people like Slim Summerville in Sunshine Comedies made for Fox Film Corp. Cook is an adequate, and at times downright funny, comic actor. Of course, working under Stan Laurel's direction and/or influence can't hurt.
   Fay Wray appears in three of the six shorts on this disc ("Sure Mike"; "Chasing the Chaser"; "Moonlight and Noses") and is, unfortunately, seen little more than briefly. Of the three titles here, "Moonlight and Noses" offered her most prominent role, but as only reel one appears to have turned up, we can't know for sure the extent of her involvement with the plot. Suffice it to say that she plays the romantic lead.
Some Incidental Notes:    The plot to "Moonlight and Noses" should be of interest to L&H fans as the basic elements were later reworked into "Habeas Corpus." In this instance, however, Clyde Cook is in the "Stan" role and Noah Young is the "Ollie" counterpart.
   Our copy of "What's The World Coming To?" has been re-edited from two sources. The first (although the lesser in terms of actual footage/ screen time) is a second-generation video copy - it doesn't look bad, folks. The second is a brand new transfer of a 16mm print. Unfortunately, back in the 1950s, our friends at Regent Pictures had an annoying habit of paring 800-foot two-reel comedies down into 400- or 600-foot "digests." Our 16mm copy of "What's The World Coming To?" is one of these 600-foot versions. Accordingly, we had to fill in the blanks with a video copy. The resulting compilation is substantially complete and has original titles. It is, in fact, as complete as we have ever seen it. In an effort to lessen the severity of the changes between sources, we have digitally "tinted" the film with an amber color. It is a bit easier on the eyes when the transitions occur.
   All of the other titles on this print are 16mm transfers. The overall visual quality is very good to excellent. The music tracks on this disc are restored acoustic (one title) and electric process 78 rpm recordings. The electric stuff this time around is ALL NEW and sounds fabulous - if we do say so ourselves.

The Set Contents:

Fully Insured (Roach-Pathé; 12/16/23); Dir. George Jeske. Cast: Snub Pollard, Jimmy Finlayson, George Rowe, William Gillespie, Billy Engle and Blanche Mehaffey. 1 reel; silent with remastered acoustic track
Sure Mike (Roach-Pathé; 5/24/25); Dir. Fred Guiol. Cast: Martha Sleeper, James Finlayson, William Gillespie, Marjorie Whiteis and Fay Wray. 1 reel; silent with remastered electric track
In The Grease (Roach-Pathé; 6/21/25); Dir. J.A. Howe. Cast: James Finlayson and Anita Garvin. 1 reel; silent with remastered electric track
Chasing The Chaser (Roach-Pathé; 7/5/25); Dir. Stan Laurel. Cast: James Finlayson, William Gillespie, Sammy Brooks, Helen Gilmore, Jules Mendel, George Rowe, Marjorie Whiteis and Fay Wray. 1 reel; silent with remastered electric track
What's The World Coming To? (Roach-Pathé; 1/17/26); Dir. Richard Wallace. Cast: Clyde Cook, James Finlayson, Katherine Grant, Martha Sleeper, Helen Gilmore and Laura De Cardi. Stan Laurel gets a writing credit. 2 reels; silent with remastered electric track

Bonus Item
Moonlight and Noses (Roach-Pathé; 10/4/25); Dir. Stan Laurel and F. Richard Jones. Cast: Clyde Cook, Noah Young, James Finlayson, Tyler Brooke and Fay Wray. Reel 1 only; silent with remastered electric track


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The Larger World of Laurel & Hardy Volume 7
              
Starring: Laurel & Hardy, Mae Busch, Billy West, Larry Semon, Billy Gilbert
and many more of your favorites

Plus! A new montage featuring Stan fitting Babe for a suit in London from the 1947 tour

   Our seventh offering in this series features three Oliver Hardy solo films, a Mae Busch Keystone short, an unidentified Billy Gilbert sound one-reeler and a special look at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Hal Roach Studios. Cupid's Rival teams Babe with Billy West, while Larry Semon plays opposite Mr. Hardy in Her Boyfriend. An early Plump and Runt short The Battle Royal completes the Hardy trifecta. Merely A Married Man stars Mae Busch in an early role at Mack Sennett's laugh factory. Billy Gilbert is the king of a hobo jungle and sings the Charley Chase tune When the Band Around Your Hat Plays Home Sweet Home in our mystery short - we know almost nothing about this piece of film's origin. Our look at the Roach Studios' 20th birthday celebration (held on December 6th, 1933) features photos, music and narration.
    All of these films have been newly transferred from 16mm prints. Restored "electric" and acoustic tracks have been added to the silent material - which constitutes just about two-thirds of everything on the disc.

The Set Contents:

Cupid's Rival (released 7/1/17 by King Bee Films Corporation - states' rights release); directed by Arvid E. Gilstrom. Cast: Billy West, Babe Hardy, Ethel Burton, Leo White, Budd Ross, Ethlyn Gibson, Joe Cohen and Florence McLoughlin. Another Billy West comedy which finds the Chaplin imitator amid the troubles of a pair of artists in a luxury apartment building. West plays a lowly servant of the residents - which should come as a big surprise to students of Billy West comedies. Babe Hardy is a struggling artist who is desperately trying to keep from getting evicted. A fairly good entry in the series. This short was filmed in Jacksonville, Florida.

Her Boyfriend (released 9/28/25 by Chadwick Pictures Corp. through Educational Film Exchanges); directed by Larry Semon and Noel M. Smith. Cast: Larry Semon, Dorothy Dwan, Oliver Hardy, Frank Alexander, Fred Spencer, Alma Bennett, Spencer Bell and Bill Hauber. Larry is a detective out to nab "Killer Kid" (Oliver Hardy)and his ring of thieves and bootleggers. In the process, Larry tries to rescue (and win the affections of) Iva Method (Dorothy Dwan), a local reporter hot on the trail of the villainous ring. There are some good laughs in this one-reel show-at-home version. Our print is a stunning old Kodascope.

The Battle Royal (4/13/16 by Vim Comedies - General Film Company; Plump and Runt series; directed by Will Louis. Cast: Oliver Hardy, Billy Ruge, Elsie McLeod, Billy Bletcher and Will Louis. The Plumps and the Runts have been feuding for years. Romance breaks out however across battle lines and the feud intensifies. Ultimately, young love fails to unite the two families. This is accomplished only when revenuers show up to confiscate illegal whiskey stills and the families must fend off the forces of law and order together. A new transfer of a 16mm print struck in the 1950s.

Merely A Married Man (6/2/15 Keystone-Mutual); directed by Charles Avery. Cast: Mae Busch, Harry McCoy and Dave Murray. Mae goes out for a drive and her mother puts Mae's husband to work around the house. A comedy of errors ensues involving the breakdown of Mae's Model T and the shenanigans of a local tramp who's been recruited by the long-suffering husband to complete the household chores.

Unidentified Billy Gilbert Short (filmed in 193? by ? for general release as ?). A ten minute musical comedy short featuring Billy Gilbert presiding over a meal and entertainment in a hobo jungle. Billy sings the Charley Chase tune When the Band Around Your Hat Plays Home Sweet Home and kills off his fellow singers one by one as they butcher the tune. Virtually nothing is known of this reel. Transferred from our 16mm print.

The Roach Studios' 20th Anniversary Party (newly assembled by Looser Than Loose); music with narration written by Dave Stevenson and read by Ali Stevenson. Comprised of photos from the event which was held on December 6th, 1933 to mark Hal Roach's 20 years as a producer of films. Text from newspaper coverage is read and luminaries featured include: Hal Roach, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly, Jean Harlow (and her mother), Lew Ayres, Ginger Rogers, Harold Lloyd, Will Rogers, Groucho Marx, Raymond Griffith, Polly Moran and others.


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The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy
Vol. 8

   This collection of shorts illustrates Oliver Hardy's later work with and for comic Billy West. Hardy made only a handful of shorts for Cumberland Productions and four of them are represented on this DVD. Additionally, we have included another entry from West's King-Bee "Chaplin" films, The Rogue. Two of the shorts included on this disc, Hop To It! and Stick Around, have circulated for some time, but no look at Hardy's work with Cumberland Productions can really avoid them. The two versions here are complete two-reelers assembled from multiple sources. A third entry in the Bobby Ray and Oliver Hardy Mirthquake Comedies, They All Fall, is included in a seven-minute version. Fiddlin' Around, a very obscure West short in which he appears in his own comic persona, is included as a bonus track (it comes from a video source and is included primarily for reference purposes). New titles have been created or restored for the Ray/Hardy Mirthquake shorts where necessary. We have endeavored to capture, as faithfully as possible, the look and flow of the titling. All of the shorts are accompanied by carefully restored and sequenced period recordings.

The Rogue (2-15-18; King-Bee Films Corp.); directed by Arvid E. Gillstrom. Cast: Billy West, Oliver Hardy, Ethel Burton, Leo White, Rosemary Theby, Louis Bordeaux and Budd Ross. This print is a new 16mm transfer.

Stick Around (3-1-25; Arrow Film Corp,); Mirthquake series; produced by Billy West; directed by Ward Hayes. Cast: Bobby Ray, Oliver Hardy, Hazel Newman and Harry McCoy. This copy has been assembled from first-generation PAL video and a new 16mm transfer.

Hop To It! (7-1-25; Arrow Film Corp.); Mirthquake series; produced by Billy West; directed by Ted Burnsten. Cast: Bobby Ray, Oliver Hardy, Janet Dawn and Frank Alexander. This print is a new 16mm transfer (reel one from Kodascope material).

They All Fall (8-1-25; Arrow Film Corp); Mirthquake series; produced by Billy West; directed by Ralph Cedar. Cast: Bobby Ray & Oliver Hardy. This seven-minute version comes from a new 16mm transfer.

Bonus Feature: Fiddlin' Around (3-1-25; Arrow Film Corp.); Broadway Comedy series. Cast: Billy West, Oliver Hardy and Ethlyn Gibson. This copy is a ten-minute excerpt from video.


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The Larger World of
Laurel and Hardy
Volume 9

   Here comes the ninth entry in our most popular series. This disc features a lot of Oliver Hardy material and even some rare Stan Laurel stuff! Billy West, Franklin Pangborn, Jimmy Finlayson and Vivien Oakland all add to the fun. Having discontinued our Stan Laurel Reference Library series, we have decided to let loose with some rarities in the Larger World. Hence, our inclusion of "The Whole Truth" on this disc. All of the transfers on this volume have been made directly from film, except "The Whole Truth" which came from a video source. Every title has been given a score from restored 78rpm recordings and we have reproduced titles and intertitles whenever necessary. We hope you enjoy Volume 9 of The Larger World of Laurel and Hardy.

Details

The Stranger (1-1-18; King Bee); directed by Arvid Gilstrom. Starring: Billy West, Leatrice Joy, Oliver Hardy, Leo White and Budd Ross. This is a new transfer from a 16mm print.
Crazy To Act (5-15-27; Sennett-Pathé; directed by Earle Rodney. Starring: Matty Kemp, Mildred June, Oliver Hardy, Sunshine Hart and Jack Cooper. This is a new transfer from a print in our collection.
They Looked Alike (1-5-15; Lubin-General Film Co.); directed by Frank Griffin. Cast: C.W. Ritchie, Raymond McKee, Oliver Hardy and Harry Lorraine. This is a new 16mm transfer.
Over The Radio (12-14-30; Pathé); directed by Fred Guiol. Cast: Franklin Pangborn, Vivien Oakland, Gertrude Astor and George Towne Hall. This is a recent 16mm transfer.
The Whole Truth (11-4-23; Roach-Pathé); directed by Ralph Cedar. Cast: Stan Laurel, Helen Gilmore, Jimmy Finlayson and Earl Mohan. This is a video copy.

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The Larger World of
Laurel and Hardy,
Volume 10b

Starring
Oliver Hardy, Billy West,
A Ton of Fun,
Snub Pollard and Clyde Cook

    Here is a collection of shorts that is bound to amuse you. This disc begins with another Plump and Runt outing and a Billy West faux Chaplin effort, both costarring Oliver Hardy. Present also is the Joe Rock comedy team A Ton of Fun, who offer their version of "The Finishing Touch." Snub Pollard and Marvin Loback, meanwhile, do their best to convince you that they are every bit as good as Laurel and Hardy in a film that directly rips off "Putting Pants on Philip" and "The Battle of the Century." Finally, Stan Laurel gets a writing credit for "Wife Tamers," starring Lionel Barrymore, Clyde Cook and Vivien Oakland. All of these titles are presented at 24fps with original or re-created titles.

Details:

One Too Many (2-17-16; Vim; Plump and Runt series). Directed by Willard Louis. Cast: Oliver Hardy, Billy Ruge, Billy Bletcher, Joe Cohen, Edna Reynolds and Madelyn Hardy (Ollie's wife). The plot of this film is similar to "That's My Wife," with Ollie having to procure a wife (and baby) to satisfy a curious uncle. Watch for the real Mrs. Hardy as one of the women in the street who let Billy Ruge "borrow" a baby. It is presented at 24fps with recreated Vim titles and authentic end title. 1 reel.

The Candy Kid (10-15-17; King Bee). Directed by Arvid E. Gilstrom. Cast: Billy West, Oliver Hardy, Ethel Cassity, Budd Ross, Leo White and Leatrice Joy. Here's another tale of a discontented soda jerk and his even more outraged boss. Source material is a video master sent by a fellow collector. Not first generation, but quite watchable. 1 reel digest.

Heavy Love (2-21-26; Joe Rock-Standard-FBO). Directed by Perc Pembroke. Cast: Frank "Fatty" Alexander, Hilliard "Fat" Karr, "Kewpie" Ross and Lois Boyd. The Boys are hired by a pretty girl to build her model home on a hillside. Everything goes along just fine until they actually begin to use their tools. Frank Alexander had worked extensively with Oliver Hardy in the Larry Semon comedies and Stan Laurel had, of course, worked with and for Joe Rock, making this a nice addition to the Larger World. 1 reel (condensation). This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection.

Wife Tamers (3-28-26; Roach-Pathé). Directed by Arvid E. Gillstrom. Writing credit for Stan Laurel. Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Clyde Cook, Vivien Oakland, Gertrude Astor and Jimmy Finlayson. An "All-Star" comedy that takes a domestic theme as the basis for its plot. Barrymore decides to teach his wife a lesson by showing up at a posh club with an "obvious" date. Expensive jewels and the looming threat of a cat fight add to the fun. 2 reels. Compiled from two sources: a direct 16mm transfer from a print in our collection (90%) and a video master from an older transfer.

Sock and Run (1928; Weiss Brothers). Cast: Snub Pollard and Marvin Loback. Pollard and Loback play "Laurel and Hardy" in this blatant theft of both plot and gag material from "Putting Pants on Philip" and "The Battle of the Century." This copy is an older video transfer, but very watchable.

Please note: All video materials have been restored to the best signal possible, given the source materials submitted to us. Sharpness and contrast are tweaked and all color is removed. The films are painstakingly compiled frame by frame over a period of six to eight hours in an attempt to produce optimal picture quality.

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The Larger World of
Laurel and Hardy
Volume 11

    This installment in the Larger World series contains a varied assortment of films you are bound to find amusing. "The Hero" is yet another Billy West King Bee outing with Babe Hardy in tow. This one amounts to something of a naked rip-off of Chaplin's "The Adventurer." This version is funnier in our humble opinion. Babe Hardy again costars in Larry Semon's "The Show." This copy comes from a very nice VHS PAL copy in our collection. Stan Laurel takes over in a British home-use copy of the 1924 Joe Rock short "Detained." While a more complete copy was released commercially a few years ago, this seven-minute excerpt stands as witness to the redistributed version. It is complete with replacement titles and original blue tint. Mae Busch has a good role in "For Better, But Worse," a Mack Sennett-directed Keystone from 1915. Del Henderson (owner of "Blue Boy" in "Wrong Again") costars in this fast-paced one-reeler. The disc is topped off with two early sound cartoon appearances by L&H. About two-thirds of the way into both of these Merry Melodies cartoons the Boys turn up briefly. The silent films on this disc are presented at 24fps with original or re-created titles (except "Detained") and have restored 78rpm soundtracks.

Details:

The Hero (King Bee; 6-1-17). Directed by Arvid E. Gilstrom. Cast: Billy West, Oliver Hardy, Ethel Burton, Leo White, Budd Ross and Polly Bailey. 2 reels. This is a complete short newly transferred from 16mm. Replacement main, production and end titles have been added.

The Show (Vitagraph; 3-19-22). Directed by Larry Semon and Norman Taurog. Cast: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Lucille Carlisle, Frank "Fatty" Alexander, Betty Young and Alice Davenport. 2 reels. This is from a very nice quality VHS PAL tape in our collection. The print has original titles.

Detained (Joe Rock - Standard Photoplay - F.B.O.; 10-1-24). Directed by Perc Pembroke. Cast: Stan Laurel and Julie Leonard. 1 reel (seven-minute) version. This is a new 16mm transfer from a British home-use print. The redistribution titles and original tints have been left intact. We added an "electric" score to this title - rather than an acoustic one - as its release date is quite close to 1925.

For Better, But Worse (Keystone 5-22-15). Directed by Mack Sennett. Cast: Mae Busch, Del Henderson, Harry McCoy and Fritz Schade. 1 reel. This is a 16mm transfer. An early acoustic track has been added.

The Organ Grinder (Warner Bros. 4-8-33). Produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. This is a decent VHS transfer. The soundtrack has been cleaned up and equalized.

We're in the Money (Warner Bros. 8-26-33). Produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. This is a very watchable VHS transfer. A new main title has been added and the soundtrack has been cleaned up and equalized.

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OUR FIRST LARRY SEMON
DISC SET IS HERE!


   The new Larry Semon DVD set - An Underrated Genius, Vols. 1 & 2 - is now available for immediate purchase. The two-disc collection features nine shorts, a five-minute fragment from the feature "Spuds", an 18-image photo gallery (most of it full-color posters), synopses and a five-minute excerpt from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" television series, which aired in the early sixties. You can own the inaugural two-disc set for just $29.00.
   The first set in this series offers a group of seldom seen comedy shorts starring the master of explosive comedy, Larry Semon. In tow with the energetic Mr. S are regulars: Lucille Carlisle, Frank "Fatty" Alexander, Bill Hauber, the rest of the Vitagraph second and third bananas and, in two shorts, our old friend Oliver Norvell Hardy. Note: these films are 16mm transfers of the Italian language television versions aired during the 1960s. We have taken the Italian narrative, music and effects tracks off and added restored teens and twenties jazz scores. Additionally, we have added new main and production cards (with the correct film titles). We have not, however, replaced any intertitles. The original Vitagraph titles would have been fairly perfunctory and it's amazing how well these films work without dialogue and explanatory intertitles. Just in case you have nagging questions about the plots, we have included synopses by Cole Johnson and Dave Stevenson on the first disc of this two-disc set. We recommend that you read these prior to running the shorts.

Notes on print quality:
   A couple of the films contained in this set have age-related problems. Pluck and Plotters was printed a bit on the dark side and deterioration in the negative during the last minute or so compounds the contrast issues. The very end has also gone missing, but this is the only material we have been able to locate. Spuds - a five-minute fragment from this Pathé feature made late in Semon's career - came to us in a less than desirable state of preservation. There is some emulsion damage and a persistent warpage that causes a focal defect. Despite these flaws, both films are very watchable, coherent and full of the wild gags and chases you expect from Mr. S.

   As always, we have labored over the presentation of these films. To that end, correct titles have been added whenever necessary, proper projection speeds (24 fps) have been observed and period (dance music) scores have been created from restored acoustic and electric 78 rpm records. The source materials for the visual elements on this DVD are all 16mm prints. Looser Than Loose Publishing uses only Sony and Adobe products to author its DVDs. Minimal compression rates are employed to optimize the reproduction of the original transfers and all of our DVDs are processed using high quality DVD-R discs.

Disc 1:
Pluck and Plotters
(Vitagraph 12/31/19); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Madge Kirby and Frank Alexander. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series.
Scamps and Scandals
(Vitagraph 12/17/19); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Frank Alexander, Vera Reynolds and Charles Amador. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series.
The Sportsman
(Vitagraph 2/6/21); directed by Larry Semon, Norman Taurog. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Frank Alexander and Spencer Bell. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series.
A Pair of Kings
(Vitagraph 5/15/22); directed by Larry Semon, Norman Taurog. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle and Babe Hardy. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series. Note: A five-minute fragment featuring the original "Let's Smile" music, narrative and effects follows the end title - this clip is not accessible from the menu.

Also on Disc One!

  • Full color Italian poster and portrait gallery (18 images)
  • Synopses by Cole Johnson and Dave Stevenson
  • Notes on print and source quality

Disc Two
Plagues and Puppy Love
(Vitagraph; 10/1/17); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Florence Curtis, Earl Montgomery and Joe Rock. Taken from a sparkling 16mm print with 1920s reissue titles and intertitles.
Tough Luck and Tin Lizzies
(Vitagraph; 11/3/17); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Florence Curtis. Taken from another sparkling 16mm print with 1920s reissue titles and intertitles.
The Fly Cop
(Vitagraph; 3/19/20); directed by Larry Semon, Mort Peebles, Norman Taurog. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle and Frank Alexander. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series.
The Suitor
(Vitagraph; 11/1/20); directed by Larry Semon, Norman Taurog. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle and Frank Alexander. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series.
Horseshoes
(Vitagraph; 2/6/21); directed by Larry Semon, Jimmy Davis. Cast: Larry Semon, Kathleen Myers and Babe Hardy. Taken from the Italian-language "Let's Smile" series.
Spuds (5-minute fragment)
(Chadwick-Pathe; 4/10/27); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Kewpie Ross. Taken from a Pathegram home-use print.

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