We have had so many requests for more Larry Semon that we have decided to release this reference set. We would not ordinarily sell a DVD with so many video transfers, but your requests have been extraordinary, so here you are. All of the titles on this two-disc set have been transferred from video sources. They represent a mixed bag in terms of quality, but all are very watchable. We have priced this first volume at the usual $19.99 but have given you twice as much material. All are fast and furious adventures in the world of Larry Semon and his co-stars are folks like Oliver Hardy, Lucille Carlisle, Frank "Fatty" Alexander and Monty Banks - not to mention "Snooky the Humanzee"! The titles are drawn from nearly the full range of Semon's career and include some of his best films.
Risks and Roughnecks (9-17-17; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Starring: Larry Semon, Florence Curtis, Earl Montgomery, Joe Rock and Joe Simburg. The Star Boarder (5-26-19; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Starring: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle and Frank Alexander. The Grocery Clerk (12-1-19; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Monty Banks, Frank Alexander and Frank Hayes. A Simple Sap (2-12-28; Chadwick Pictures Corp.-Educational Film Exchanges); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Betty Amann, Walter Hiers and Jimmy Aubrey.
Bathing Beauties and Big Boobs (7-22-18; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Starring: Larry Semon, Madge Kirby and Frank Alexander. Dull Care (10-6-19; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Starring: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Oliver Hardy, William Hauber and Frank Alexander. School Days (5-3-20; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Frank Alexander and Jack Duffy. The Bakery (2-12-21; Vitagraph); directed by Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Norma Nichols, Frank Alexander and Bill Hauber.
US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
Selected RKO Shorts
In this double-disc set you will find six of the more obscure RKO two-reel sound shorts. The stars include Ruth Etting, Tom Kennedy, Edgar Kennedy, Leon Errol, Betty Grable and The Blondes and the Red Heads (June Brewster and Carol Tevis). Also along for the ride are familiar supporting players such as Jack Rice, Dot Farley, Grady Sutton, Florence Lake, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Billy Bletcher, Jack Norton and Fred Kelsey (among many others). These are all brand new 16mm transfers from excellent quality prints. Note: "The Undie World" is slightly softer in focus than the other materials.
Melody in May (RKO; released 5-1-36); dir. Ben Holmes; with Ruth Etting, Frank Coghlin, Jr., Margaret Armstrong, Joan Sheldon, Kenneth Howell, Robert Meredith
Cracked Shots (RKO; released 5-4-34); dir. George Stevens; with Tom Kennedy, Will Stanton, Helen Starr, Nat Carr, Billy Bletcher
Fixing a Stew (RKO; released 2-11-34); dir. Al Boasberg; with Leon Errol, Jack Norton, Eddie Kane, Lew Kelly, Dot Farley, Pearl Eaton
A Quiet Fourth (RKO; released 8-9-35); dir. Fred Guiol; with Betty Grable, Edgar Dearing, Jack Rice, Margaret Armstrong
The Undie World (RKO; released 4-4-34); dir. George Stevens; with June Brewster, Carol Tevis, Grady Sutton, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Will Stanton
Quiet Please (RKO; released 8-11-33); dir. George Stevens; with Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, Dot Farley, William Eugene, Charles Dow Clark, Al Hill, Fred Kelsey
US$24.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
RKO Selected Shorts Vol. II
"Our Man Edgar"
Starring: Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, Jack Rice, Dot Farley, Franklin Pangborn and Arthur Housman
A Tribute to the Master of the Slow Burn
This disc features the work of veteran comic actor Edgar Kennedy. Here we present four shorts characterized by the incomparable timing and inimitable reaction of Mr. Kennedy. Excellent ensemble casts featuring the likes of Florence Lake, Dot Farley, Jack Rice, Arthur Housman, Pert Kelton and Franklin Pangborn make these two-reel adventures just that much more fun.
The four shorts presented on Volume II of our RKO shorts series have come, largely, from new transfers of 16mm prints. "Next Door Neighbors" is an exception to this standard, but the quality is still quite good (first generation video). We hope, as always, that our quality meets with your approval!
The Set Contents:
Next Door Neighbors (RKO-Pathé [Melody Comedies] 1/28/31); dir. Harry Sweet. Cast: Edgar Kennedy, Arthur Housman, Franklin Pangborn, Pert Kelton, Mabel Forrest and Georgie Billings. 2 reels; sound
Wrong Direction (RKO 5/18/34); dir. Alf Goulding. Cast: Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, Dot Farley, William Eugene, Nat Carr and Jean Fontaine. 2 reels; sound
Gasaloons (RKO 1/3/36); dir. Arthur Ripley. Cast: Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, Jack Rice, Dot Farley and Dickie Jones. 2 reels; sound
Contest Crazy (RKO 10/1/48); dir. Hal Yates. Cast: Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, Dot Farley and Jack Rice. 2 reels; sound
US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
A Looser Than Loose Sampler
With All New Piano Scores by Jeff Rapsis
Starring: Lloyd Hamilton and Snub Pollard
And an all-new glass slide show with a restored theatre organ score
We have made new transfers of four very popular shorts and added newly recorded piano scores by accompanist Jeff Rapsis. The shorts come from our Lloyd Hamilton set and Snub Pollard series. There is about an hour and ten minutes of material on the disc (including the glass slide show) and we wholeheartedly invite you to sample these titles with their new tracks. Looser Than Loose is heading in a slightly different direction in terms of original content, and this disc represents the departure point. In the coming months we will be incorporating a significant quantity of unique material in our restorations. Newly recorded music, commentaries and home-grown documentary presentations are all in the works.
The four shorts presented on this "sampler" DVD come from two of our most requested silent comedy figures: Lloyd Hamilton and Snub Pollard. "Ham" stars in the Educational two-reelers "Nobody's Business" and "Careful Please," while Snub entertains us in the one-reel subjects "Punch The Clock" and "At The Ringside." Both stars appear alongside the supporting casts we all have come to regard with enduring affection. "Ham" is beset by the menacing Dick Sutherland, while Snub is forced to deal with an equally unattractive heel called Noah Young while competing for the hand of the lovely Marie Mosquini.
Our glass slide show is comprised of coming attractions featuring comedy legends like Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, James Finlayson, and Thelma Todd. Many of the restored images in this slide show have been exhibited in such places as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at silent film conventions around the country.
The Set Contents:
Careful Please (Educational Film Exchanges; 2/7/26); dir. Norman Taurog. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Dick Sutherland, Marcella Daly, Louise Carver, Stanley Blystone, Glen Cavender and Theodore Lorch. 2 reels; silent with piano track
Nobody's Business (Educational Film Exchanges; 4/4/26); dir. Norman Taurog. Cast: Lloyd Hamilton, Dick Sutherland, Eddie Boland and Stanley Blystone. 2 reels; silent with piano track
Punch the Clock (Roach-Pathé; 6/24/22); dir. William Beaudine. Cast: Harry "Snub" Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Eddie Baker, William Gillespie, Wallace Howe, Mark Jones and George Rowe. 1 reel; silent with piano track
At the Ringside (Roach-Pathé; 7/17/21); dir. Charley Chase. Cast: Harry "Snub" Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Noah Young and "Sunshine" Sammy Morrison. 1 reel; silent with piano track
Glass Slide Show (various producers; 1915-1928). "Coming Attraction" slides as your grandparents (or perhaps great-grandparents) saw them. Stars include Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, James Finlayson, and Thelma Todd. Approximately 7 minutes; silent with restored theatre organ track - mechanical movement of the original glass slide projector duplicated digitally
US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
Looser Than Loose Television
Looser Than Loose Television is a collection of early TV and film elements compiled into a one hour and ten minute "broadcast day" at fictional station WLTL. This includes a kiddie show hosted by Bob Newhart, a cartoon, a mid-morning movie, an episode of the Revlon Mirror Theater starring Jack Haley, a musical novelty and comedy sequence from "Cavalcade of Stars" hosted by Bert Wheeler (with a song by Jean Darling) and two soundies which feature performances by Buddy Rogers and Lawrence Welk. Add to this mix a healthy dollop of early commercials and bumpers and you have a DVD chocked full of variety and fun. We even close the "broadcast day" with the "Star Spangled Banner" (as performed by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians). Also, most of the items on this disc have a Laurel and Hardy or Hal Roach connection. See the individual descriptions below for those references. Most of the elements used in the production of this disc are new transfers from 16mm prints in our
collection. Note: in conforming to rigid 1950s and '60s television standards we have made watching this disc a purely linear exercise. There are no menus or standard DVD conventions. We have, however, reluctantly added chapter points.
"Cartoon Corner." Bob Newhart does a comedy routine in which he plays a kiddie show host. The skit features an amusing riff on Laurel and Hardy and Three Stooges cartoons. The material dates from 1965.
Night Club (Van Beuren-Pathé; 12-8-29). Directed by Mannie Davis and John Foster. Something you may have seen on early television. An interesting item that features a ruckus in an all-night gin joint. A group of canine waiters performs the old standard "The Curse of an Aching Heart." 1 reel. This is a direct-to-digital transfer from a 16mm negative in our collection. The print has original Pathé titles.
The Voice of Hollywood (Tiffany; 1930). Cast: Don Alverado (host). Appearances by Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman, Lupe Velez, Tom Mix, Weber and Fields, Louise Fazenda, Bebe Daniels and a number of others. 1 reel. This is our "Morning Movie" at WLTL. Mickey and Mary are featured in an extended routine. This is a new 16mm transfer from a British Wardour print. The redistribution titles have been left intact.
Uncle Jack (first aired 11-28-53). Cast: Jack Haley, Florence Lake, Franklin Pangborn and Billy Bletcher (among others). This 25-minute episode of the Revlon Mirror Theater was shot at the Hal Roach Studios. Many of the technical crew will be familiar to Roach Studios fans. This is a new 16mm transfer.
Cavalcade of Stars (Dumont Network; approx. 1950). A segment hosted by Bert Wheeler and featuring "Serenade to a Lemonade" sung by former Our Gang member Jean Darling. A dance number follows and a comedy routine between Wheeler and band leader Dick Himber. This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection. Dumont titles have been added. The soundtrack has been cleaned up and equalized.
Twelfth Street Rag (Soundies Dist. Corp.; 1943). Buddy Rogers and his band play a decent version of this tune. Rogers' gimmick was to play most of the instruments in the orchestra, which he does here in this showcase. Mr. Pickford must have had a lot of time on his hands. Another new 16mm transfer. The soundtrack has been equalized.
I Learned A Lesson (Soundies Dist. Corp.; 1944). Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra are joined by Jayne Walton ("The Champagne Lady") for this number. What tribute to early television would be complete without a Lawrence Welk segment? A new 16mm transfer. The soundtrack has been equalized.
Misc.: Vintage commercials and PSA's have been added between the featured elements. Some of the products include Schlitz beer, Pepsodent, Dippity-Doo and Anacin. The disc opens with a sign-on typical of early TV stations and closes similarly.
US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
Five Short Films of
Class and Distinction
Earle Foxe and Syd Chaplin
A look at proper company and cultured society through the eyes and antics of Syd Chaplin and Earle Foxe. Chaplin presents his "Gussle" character in two mid-teens shorts restored, originally, from paper negatives, while Earle Foxe stars in three late-twenties entries from the "Van Bibber in Society" series. The casts are filled out with old favorites like Mack Swain and Slim Summerville. All of these titles are presented at 24fps with original or re-created titles and have restored soundtracks of period music.
Gussle the Golfer (12-28-14). Directed by Del Henderson. Cast: Syd Chaplin, Viola Barry, Dixie Chene, Heine Conklin, Richard Smith, Mack Swain and Slim Summerville. 1 reel. Transferred from a first generation PAL video source.
Gussle's Backward Way (5-3-15). Directed by Charles Avery and Syd Chaplin. Cast: Syd Chaplin, Frank Alexander, Phyllis Allen, Heine Conklin and Harry Gribbon. 1 reel. Transferred from a first generation PAL video source.
The Tennis Wizard (11-21-26). Directed by Orvid O. Dull. Cast: Earle Foxe, Florence Gilbert, Frank Beal and Marcella Daly. 2 reels. This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection.
Motor Boat Demon (1-2-27). Directed by Jess Robbins. Cast: Earle Foxe, Florence Gilbert, Otto Fries, Ralph Sipperly, Frank Beal, Anita Garvin and Jack Rollens. This is a 16mm transfer.
Car Shy (4-3-27). Directed by Orville O. Dull. Cast: Earle Foxe, Marcella Daly, Florence Gilbert, Otto Fries, Ralph Sipperly and Virginia Bradford. 2 reels. This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection. We have added main and production titles.
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.
US$19.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
Roach, Volume 1
The Brothers Parrott
One and Two-Reel Comedies Starring Paul Parrott and Charley Chase
We are proud to kick off our Hal Roach Studios disc series with a four-DVD set of Charley Chase and Paul Parrott comedies. There are 26 one- and two-reel shorts to be found here, some of which have proven elusive to collectors over the years. All have been newly mastered from 16mm prints with the exception of "Publicity Pays," which came from a decent video source. In some cases the quality is unmatched by anything yet offered, such as in the case of "Mighty Like A Moose" which was transferred from a 1932 Kodascope print. Likewise, reel 1 of "Mama Behave" comes from another Kodascope print of similar vintage. Both of these are of stunning visual quality - if we do say so ourselves. The music tracks are restored 78 rpm recordings. The one-reel comedies have tracks originally recorded using the accoustical process and the two-reelers have electrical process scores. As an extra feature we have included five restored electric dance tunes (used in the soundtracks) as
stand-alone recordings with band and date credits.
Jimmy (Paul) Parrott and Charley Chase were among the most influential figures at the Hal Roach Studios over the span of some fifteen years. They worked as writers, directors, comedians and gag men. Their silent comedies are among the most enjoyable of those produced in the 1920s by any studio. This collection represents a wide cross-section of their work, including some of the films in which they directed each other. Some of the other familiar Roach Studios faces that appear from time to time belong to such old friends as "Sunshine" Sammy Morrison, George Rowe, Mark Jones, Vivien Oakland, Katherine Grant, Snub Pollard, Noah Young and Syd Crossley among many, many others.
The Set Contents:
Paul Parrott One-Reel Roach-Pathé Comedies
Take Next Car (7/30/22)
The Golf Bug (10/29/22)
Harvest Hands (11/19/22)
Tight Shoes (2/25/23)
Between Meals (1/3/26)
The Uncovered Wagon (7/8/23)
Take The Air (9/9/23)
Friday The 13th (7/2/22)
The Sleuth (7/16/22)
Join The Circus (12/2/23)
Get Busy (4/27/24)
Are Parents Pickles? (11/8/25)
Don't Butt In (1/17/26)
Soft Pedal (1/31/26)
Jimmy Jump One-Reel Roach-Pathé Comedies and
Two-Reel comedies Starring Charley Chase
Powder and Smoke (2/10/24)
Jeffries Jr. (7/6/24)
Outdoor Pajamas (9/14/24)
The Rat's Knuckles (1/4/25)
Hello Baby (1/28/25)
Should Husbands Be Watched (3/14/25)
A Ten Minute Egg (7/20/25)
At First Sight [nearly complete fragment] (1/6/24)
Publicity Pays (5/3/24)
Young Oldfield (6/22/24)
Mama Behave (2/26/26)
Mighty Like A Moose (7/18/26)
Extras: Restored 1920s Dance Music
US$55.00 (+$5.00 s/h)
Roach, Volume 2
This three-disc collection of shorts takes as its subject the more obscure stars of the Hal Roach Studios silent period. Here you will find an ample helping of Hunky Dorey, Dippy Do-Dads, Spat Family and Eddie Boland comedies with Max Davidson, Mabel Normand and Glenn Tryon thrown in for good measure. Along the way, you'll also get Charley Chase, his brother Jim, an early clown named Toto and a host of your regular Roach favorites like Jimmy Finlayson, Marie Mosquini and Noah Young. 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 Watchdog (6-10-23; Roach-Pathé); directed by Len Powers. Cast: The Dippy Do-Dads. This print was transferred from 16mm in 1997 and is reproduced here from our original master. The titles have been recreated using the text of the dialog continuity. Be Honest (8-19-23; Roach-Pathé); directed by Len Powers. Cast: The Dippy Doo-Dads. This is a new 16mm transfer from a print in our collection. Don't Rock The Boat (4-4-20; Roach-Pathé); Snub Pollard series; directed by Charley Chase. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Sunshine Sammy Morrison, Eddie Boland and Noah Young. This is reel one from a new PAL first-generation video transfer. Dear Ol' Pal (11-11-23; Roach-Pathé); Snub Pollard series; directed by Charley Chase. Cast: Snub Pollard, Paul Parrott and Beth Darlington. This six-minute version comes from a new 16mm transfer and has new intertitles. Tol'able Romeo (12-27-25; Roach-Pathé); directed by Jess Robins. Cast: Frank Butler, Katherine Grant, George Rowe and William Gillespie. A complete copy of a new 16mm transfer. We have recreated the main titles. Help One Another (1-27-24; Roach-Pathé); directed by Fred Guiol. Cast: Sidney D'Albrook, Laura Roessing and Frank Butler. This copy is a four-minute excerpt from a first-generation PAL video copy. South o' the North Pole (9-7-24; Roach-Pathé); directed by Jay A. Howe. Cast: Sidney D'Albrook, Laura Roessing and Frank Butler. Reel two of a Spat Family outing in which the couple (along with Butler as guide) venture into the great white north. New transfer from 16mm. Fire The Cook (7-14-18; Roach-Pathé). Cast: Toto (Armando Novello) and Bud Jamison. This is a 9.5mm home-use fragment from this very obscure series starring Stan Laurel's predecessor at the Hal Roach Studios.
One At A Time (4-20-24; Roach-Pathé); directed by Ralph Cedar. Cast: Earl Mohan (as Knockout Kelly) and Billy Engle. This copy is a toy-projector fragment with Pathé home-use intertitles. Riders of the Kitchen Range (6-7-25; Roach-Pathé); directed by Tay Garnett and George Jeske. Cast: Earl Mohan, Billy Engle and Ena Gregory. This is a new 16mm transfer and is complete. The Bouncer (8-30-25; Roach-Pathé); directed by Ralph Cedar and Fred Guiol. Cast: Earl Mohan, Billy Engle and William Gillespie. This copy was taken from a Kodascope in 1997 and digitally corrected for this release. Solid Ivory (10-11-25; Roach-Pathé); directed by Ralph Cedar. Cast: Earl Mohan and Billy Engle. Another frenetic fight film with Mohan beating the daylights out of his opponents in the last few minutes only to be trumped by... A brand new transfer from 16mm. All Wool (10-25-25; Roach-Pathé); directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Earl Mohan and Billy Engle. Another complete copy of a new 16mm transfer. Our favorite inept plumbers exchange their pipe wrenches for needles and tape measures. Running Wild (3-20-21; Roach-Pathé); directed by Nick Barrows. Cast: Eddie Boland, Ethel Broadhurst and Gaylord Lloyd. This copy is a new transfer from a print in our 16mm collection. A Straight Crook (5-15-21; Roach-Pathé); directed by Hal Roach. Cast: Eddie Boland, Ethel Broadhurst and Gaylord Lloyd. This copy is a new transfer from our 16mm print. Extras: Eddie Boland toy-projector fragments from Sleepy Head and Prince Pistachio.
Long Pants (1-21-26; Roach-Pathé); directed by Fred Guiol. Cast: Glenn Tryon and Vivien Oakland. This is a complete copy transferred from a 16mm print. Anything Once (1-2-27; Roach-Pathé); directed by F. Richard Jones and Hal Yates. Cast: Mabel Normand, Jimmy Finlayson and Max Davidson. This is a new 16mm transfer and is complete. Don't Tell Everything (7-3-27; Roach-Pathé); directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Max Davidson, Spec O'Donnell, Lillian Elliott, Jimmy Finlayson and Jess D'Vorska. This is a sparkling, new transfer from a 16mm print in our collection. Extras: Charley Chase toy-projector fragments from Bad Boy,Innocent Husbands,Long Fliv The King and Fluttering Hearts.
US$39.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
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. Most of the titles on this disc are new transfers from 16mm prints and 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.
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 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 souces, 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)
Walter Long in "Sea Devils"
Here is an obscure 1931 Larry Darmour feature with Walter Long in a co-starring role as a diabolical sea-going thug. Synopsis: Framed for murder, a young man escapes from prison and finds working transportation out of the country aboard a cargo ship. While there, he falls in love with the Captain's daughter and provokes the ire of the first mate (Long). The young escapee puts down a mutiny led by the irascible Mr. Long and in the end...Well, we'll let you find out for yourself.
Sea Devils (1-15-31; Larry Darmour Prod.-Standard Photoplay Co.); directed by Joseph Leavering. Starring: Molly O'Day, Edmund Burns, Paul Panzer, Henry Otto, Ted Stroback, Jules Crowles, James Donnelly and William F. Moran. This is a new transfer from a 16mm print. Sound; B&W; 58 min.
US$12.99 (+$6.00 s/h)
Here is our first volume in what is sure to be a lengthy series of discs. Going forward, each entry in this Sennett library will attempt to highlight various periods in the history of the man and his work. Accordingly, we'll be presenting myriad comedic stars who helped build his reputation as the "King of Comedy." In this DVD we feature the work of Roscoe Arbuckle and his wife Minta Durfee, Mack Swain, Ora Carew, Harry Gribbon, Charlie Murray, Mae Busch and Charley Chase. There are also minor roles filled by such familiar veterans of the silent (and early sound) comedy world as Blanche Payson, Edgar Kennedy, Slim Summerville and even a very, very young Jules White!
All of these films have been transferred from 16mm prints and set with restored period soundtracks.
Fatty and Minnie-He-Haw (Keystone-Mutual; 12-23-14); dir. Roscoe Arbuckle and Eddie Dillon; cast: Roscoe Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Minnie Devereaux, Eddie Dillon, Harry McCoy, Slim Summerville, Frank Hayes and Josef Swickard. Two reels
A Human Hound's Triumph (Keystone-Mutual; 5-8-15); dir. Charles Parrott; cast: Mack Swain, Mae Busch, Charley Chase, Frank Opperman, Slim Summerville, Fritz Schade, Cecile Arnold and Vivian Edwards. One reel
Dollars and Sense (Triangle-Keystone; 9-27-16); dir. Walter Wright and Andrew Anderson; cast: Ora Carew, Joseph "Baldy" Belmont, Nick Cogley, Blanche Payson, Lige Conley, Mal St. Clair and Joseph Callahan. Two reels
Skylarking (Sennett-Pathé; 9/9/23); dir. Roy Del Ruth; cast: Harry Gribbon, Lila Leslie, Kewpie Morgan, Alberta Vaughn, Josephine Adair, Billy Armstrong, Jackie Lucas, Teddy the Dog. Two reels
Love and Bullets (Keystone-Mutual; 7-4-14); dir. Del Henderson; cast: Charlie Murray, Phyllis Allen, Roscoe Arbuckle and Charley Chase. One reel
Just Kids [fragment] (Keystone-Mutual; 7-29-13); dir. Henry Lehrman; cast: Alice Davenport, Ford Sterling, Edgar Kennedy, Little Billy Jacobs, Jules White. (Originally) one reel - this fragment is ~75 feet
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As with the first DVD in this series, we bring you another group of shorts that represent a broad cross section of Sennett's comedic legacy. Included on this disc are such figures as Alice Howell, Al St. John, Roscoe Arbuckle, Kate Price, Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Raymond McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson, Franklin Pangborn and Dorothy Granger. In all there are four silents and one talkie spanning some eighteen years of output. All of these titles have been newly remastered from 16mm prints. Silent film scores have been created from period music recordings (newly restored using an improved digital process).
Shot in the Excitement (Keystone-Mutual; released 10-26-14); dir. Dell Henderson; with Alice Howell, Al St. John, Chester Conklin, Charley Chase, Eddie Cline
Love in Armor (Keystone-Mutual; released 3-11-15); dir. Nick Cogley; with Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Max Davidson, Cecile Arnold, Fritz Schade, Alma Bennett, Frank Opperman, Billie Brockwell
The Waiters' Ball (Keystone-Triangle; released 6-6-16); dir. Roscoe Arbuckle; with Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John, Kate Price, Alice Lake and Corinne Parquet
Smith's Visitor (Sennett-Pathé; released 10-17-26); dir. Gil Pratt; with Ray McKee, Ruth Hiatt and Mary Ann Jackson
The Candid Camera (Sennett-Educational; released 6-19-32); dir. Leslie Pearce; with Franklin Pangborn, Dorothy Granger, Harry Bowen, Cecil Cunningham, Bud Jamison, Toby Wing, George Gray, Tom Dempsey, Jack Richardson
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An Evening with the Smith Family
Starring: Raymond McKee, Ruth Hiatt & Mary Ann Jackson
In this collection of films, the Sennett Studios gives us its take on the domestic comedy. The bulk of the material comes from the "Smith Family" series, which chronicled the misadventures of Jimmy Smith (Ray McKee), his wife Mabel (Ruth Hiatt) and their daughter Bubbles (Mary Ann Jackson). True to pure Sennett form, the humor is far from light or subtle - as you might well expect from other excursions into family adventures undertaken by the Sennett Studio's contemporaries. Here, bathing suits are ripped off the backs of young women, cars are demolished, mothers-in-law spit gasoline on lit stoves and elephants chase children through the streets of Los Angeles. Ray McKee provides the skilled comedy and is backed by a talented supporting cast including familiar faces like Andy Clyde, Louise Carver, Jack Cooper, Mildred June, Sunshine Hart and Irving Bacon. The very attractive Ruth Hiatt is McKee's domestic foil and straight-woman. Mary Ann Jackson provides additional laughter with both completely natural reactions and staged takes. The four Smith Family comedies contained on this DVD are presented in various stages of preservation. "Smith's Picnic" is the complete two-reel foreign (German) release. Accordingly, it contains material that would have been edited out of most domestic copies by censorship boards. Mildred June seems to be the target of the most risqué material as she is dumped into a wash basin wearing just a teddy in one scene and has her bathing suit completely ripped off by Smith's fishing line in another. "Smith's Candy Shop," "Smith's Farm Days," and "Smith's Fishing Trip" are all either digest prints or extracts. They range in length from approximately five minutes and forty-five seconds to seven minutes and forty-five seconds. All are newly mastered from 16mm prints and the quality of the image is very nice.
Rounding out this look at the Sennett interpretation of all things domestic is the 1914 Keystone comedy "Mabel's Married Life," starring Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand. The supporting cast includes: Mack Swain, Charlie Murray, Hank Mann and Al St. John. Finally, we have included a 1930 sound comedy starring Marjorie Beebe called "He Trumped Her Ace." This is a slower-paced Sennett two-reeler which centers around a pair of newlyweds and their considerable troubles with the concept of partnership in the game of bridge. There is a good supporting cast which includes folks like Bud Jamison and Dot Farley. Both of these transfers were made from 16mm prints.
The music tracks on this disc are restored acoustic and electric process 78 rpm recordings.
The Set Contents:
Smith's Picnic (Sennett-Pathé; 12/12/26); dir. Alf Goulding; cast: Ray McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson, Sunshine Hart, Irving Bacon and Mildred June
Smith's Farm Days (Sennett-Pathé; 3/04/28); dir. Phil Whitman; cast: Ray McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson, Andy Clyde, Jack Cooper and Paralee Coleman
This is an excerpt (~5:45)
Smith's Fishing Trip (Sennett-Pathé; 5/29/27); dir. Alf Goulding; cast: Ray McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson, Andy Clyde and Barbara Tennant
This is an excerpt (~6:42)
Smith's Candy Shop (Sennett-Pathé; 8/21/27); dir. Alf Goulding; cast: Ray McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson and Andy Clyde
This is a digest print (~7:45)
Mabel's Married Life (Keystone 6/20/14); dir. Charles Chaplin; cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain, Eva Nelson, Charlie Murray, Hank Mann and Al St. John
He Trumped Her Ace (Sennett-Educational 3/23/30); dir. Leslie Pearce; cast: Marjorie Beebe, Johnny Burke, Kenneth Thomson, Dot Farley, Bud Jamison, Rosemary Theby and Lew Kelly
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Volume four in this series is comprised of the usual range of material spanning Sennett's lengthy career. Charlie Murray takes center stage on this disc beginning with the 1914 comedy "The Plumber," a 1915 Keystone short called "Hogan The Porter" and ending up with the 1932 film "Hypnotized" costarring the much-maligned, black-face comedy team of Moran and Mack (George Moran does not actually appear in this print). By the way, put on your 1932 glasses for that title as it contains material no longer regarded as appropriate. Contained on this DVD also are Syd Chaplin in "A Submarine Pilot" and Ray McKee and Ruth Hiatt in a fragmentary version of the 1925 short "Isn't Love Cuckoo." All of the elements used in the production of this disc are new transfers from prints in our collection. All are 16mm except "A Submarine Pirate" which is taken from a small gauge print transferred with a GOKO telecine. All of the silent titles have restored 78rpm tracks.
The Plumber (Keystone-Mutual; 12-10-14). Directed by Del Henderson. Cast: Charlie Murray, Alice Davenport and Chester Conklin. Approx. 4 min.
Hogan The Porter (Keystone-Mutual; 2-4-15). Directed by Charles Avery. Cast: Charlie Murray, Bobby Dunn, Vivian Edwards and Louise Fazenda. Approx. 11 min.
A Submarine Pilot (Keystone-Triangle; 11-14-15). Directed by Charles Avery and Syd Chaplin. Cast: Syd Chaplin, Wesley Ruggles, Glen Cavender, Phyllis Allen, Virginia Fox, Edgar Kennedy, Heinie Conklin and an uncredited appearance by Harold Lloyd. Complete; approx. 20 min.
Isn't Love Cuckoo (Sennett-Pathé; 11-22-25). Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Raymond McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Marvin Loback, Andy Clyde, Irving Bacon, Louise Carver, Eugenia Gilbert, Barney Hellum. This is a digest print which clocks in at just under 8 minutes.
Hypnotized (Mack Sennett Pictures - Sono Art World-Wide; 12-25-32). Directed by Mack Sennett. Cast: Moran and Mack, Charlie Murray, Wallace Ford, Maria Alba, Ernest Torrence. This is the three-reel version as re-released to television in the 1950s. Approx. 30 min.
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Sennett Volume 5
The fifth installment in the Sennett series 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.
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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The show-at-home market has been both a curse and a blessing to silent film enthusiasts over the years, for this corner of the cinema world has badly dissected, truncated and, at times, outright murdered the products of historic Hollywood. This series presents to you some of the more bizarre manifestations of the home-use industry's influence, while, hopefully, giving you a squint at some films you are not likely to see anywhere else. From complete one-reel dramatic shorts, to serial chapters, to re-edited oddities - it's all here. Every "Thank God!" and "What if?" inspired by the show-at-home market is present here and, just to keep you interested, we've included a few items that will, no doubt, make you shake your head in disbelief. All of the titles on this disc are new transfers from our own 16mm collection. As a bonus, we have thrown in fragments and excerpts from some fairly obscure features. As always, the films are accompanied by restored musical tracks taken from period recordings - many of them brand-new restorations. By the way, just a warning to those of you who are offended by the mistreatment of animals: "The Lost Messenger" may contain some highly objectionable footage, so please be advised before you buy.
The Set Contents:
"The Star Family in Distress" (release date unknown); 1 reel; no production credits available. Cast: Lillian Gish, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Roscoe Arbuckle. Synopsis: Lillian Gish is married to Charlie Chaplin, who has of late become a hard-drinking, cross-dressing lout. Lilly confides in her cousin Glory (Gloria Swanson) who, in turn, enlists her boyfriend (Mr. Fairbanks) to get to the bottom of Charlie's depravity. When Doug discovers that Chaplin has fallen under the foul influence of Roscoe Arbuckle, all hope is given up by the poor and deserted Lilly. In the end, Arbuckle and Chaplin drown together in a sinking rowboat and Lilly goes into mourning.
This strange collection of clips was assembled some time during the 1920s and represents one of the odder entries amongst the home-use offerings. It used footage from commonly available commercial releases which were strung together (at times awkwardly) by newly made titles. Films used in the compilation of these clips include "The Rounders" and "A Woman" as well as a number of other familiar entries in the silent film catalog.
"The Letter from Hollywood" (created in 1925 or '26); 1 reel; assembled and edited by Hamilton Ridell and lovingly preserved by the late Harold "Rusty" Casselton. This is a collection of 1925 trailers strung together by narrative cards and presented to the viewer as a "letter from Hollywood to the folks back home" - which, indeed, it appears to have been. A number of silent feature films are represented in this 10-minute short film and much of it may be comprised of alternate takes. Additionally, this title contains the only known footage from the 1925 Carol Dempster/W.C. Fields feature "That Royle Girl."
The features showcased in this collection are:
"Go West" (Buster Keaton)
"Old Clothes" (Jackie Coogan, Joan Crawford)
"A Son of His Father" (Bessie Love)
"That Royle Girl" (Carol Dempster and W.C. Fields)
"The Vanishing American" (Richard Dix)
"The Road to Yesterday" (Jetta Goudal and Bill Boyd)
"Womanhandled" (Richard Dix)
"A Kiss for Cinderella" (Betty Bronson)
"Her Sister from Paris" (Constance Talmadge and Ronald Coleman)
"The New Commandment" (Blanche Sweet and Ben Lyon)
"The Lost Messenger" (released 11/6/15; produced by the Selig Polyscope Co.; 1 reel; directed by George O. Nicholls. Cast: Walter Beckwith, Vivian Reed and Earle Foxe. An American circus hunts lions, elephants, leopards and zebras in the heart of Africa. The principal trapper succumbs to jungle fever, leaving his daughter to fend for herself after the expedition strikes camp and leaves them behind. Through a stroke of luck, the circus agent returns in time to rescue the girl and bring about a happy ending. A complete Selig one-reel drama from 1915 with restored/re-created titles. WARNING: Those of you who are sensitive to the mistreatment of animals may want to think twice before watching this film!
"The Sea Lion" (12/5/21; produced by Hobart Bosworth Productions, Inc.); 3-1/2 reels; directed by Rowland V. Lee. Cast: Hobart Bosworth, Bessie Love and Emory Johnson. This is 28 minutes of the original feature, with a fragmented reel 2 setting up the action that comprises the final three reels. Though not complete, much of the drama and story remain intact and beautifully related. This is a complicated tale of trust and betrayal, but all is revealed and explained in this version, despite the abbreviated nature of the editing and careless loss of footage.
EXTRAS(Various dates of release)
We have included reels from the following features (and shorts) to round out this extensive home-use program:
"Conductor 1492" (Johnny Hines); 1 reel
"The World's A Stage" (Dorothy Phillips, Kenneth Harland and Earle Foxe); 4 min.
"A Woman in Grey" - serial chapter 7 (abbreviated) (Arline Pretty and Henry G. Sell); 4 min.
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Snooky "The Humanzee," Volume 1!
So you've been waiting for a hefty dose of 1920s chimpanzee mayhem, eh? Well here it is. Stand by for a visit with our favorite psychotic chimp, Snooky. Here he is in all his terrible glory - armed to the teeth with dynamite, shotguns, pitchforks and pure, uninhibited cruelty. Though these films may be described as short on plot and even contrived with an intimate understanding of stupid ideas, they are still, nevertheless, very entertaining silent comedies. Snooky always saves the baby from some impending tragedy, drives the bad guys out of town and/or preserves the fortune of a simple farmer. The real fun lies in the staging of each shot and scene, as Snooky's bizarre performances coupled with a complete lack of regard for fellow actors (most of them other animals) inspire a substantial amount of sinful laughter.
"Snooky's Fresh Heir" and "Ready to Serve" have been transferred from 16mm prints. "You'll be S'prised" is a hybrid combination of 16mm and 8mm content producing a 12:49 version. "Just in Time" is an 8mm transfer of an abridged one-reel version. In addition to the Snooky films, we have included a Chester-Vitagraph Travelogue that came originally from the personal collection of Robert Youngson. The quality on these titles ranges from good to brilliant. The 16mm material is as good as anything that we've yet done. All of the titles have been set with all new restored period soundtracks.
"Snooky's Fresh Heir" (Chester-Educational; 7-24-21); all chimp cast; two reels; from 16mm Kodascope print
"Ready to Serve" (Chester-Educational; 4-3-21); cast: Snooky; one reel; from a 16mm Kodascope print
"You'll Be S'prised" (Chester-Educational; 12-5-20); cast: Snooky, Ida McKenzie; two reels; from Kodascope (16mm) and Walton (8mm) materials
"An Overall Hero" (Chester-Educational; 7-25-20); cast: Snooky, Ida McKenzie; one-reel digest of a two-reel short; from a Walton 8mm print
"Monkeyland" (Chester-Vitagraph; 1923); a "unique travelogue"; one reel from a 16mm Kodascope print - from the personal collection of film historian Robert Youngson
"Swing Wing" [TV Commercial] (Transagram Toys; 1960s); unique spot for a bizarre toy. Features two shots of monkeys - yes, I know it's a tenuous connection
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Snub and Marie:
Hollywood's Other First Couple
The Joy Rider
It's a Joy
The Mystery Man
Where Am I?
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THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF SNUB AND MARIE
Five short comedies starring Snub Pollard and/or Marie Mosquini
At the Ringside
Punch the Clock
Sold at Auction
Big Moments from Little Pictures
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Plus: The Diary of Marie Mosquini as read by Ali Stevenson
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Snub and Marie's
Tales of Courtship, Love & Ruin
One and Two-Reel Comedies Starring
Snub Pollard and Marie Mosquini
Here's another entry in our popular Snub and Marie series for your entertainment and approval. Five shorts are featured on this disc and every one is a proven Hal Roach Studios winner. Besides Snub and Marie, you will find supporting regulars like Noah Young, Jimmy Finlayson, George Rowe and William Gillespie. Of course, the brilliant Roach intertitling weaves a terrific thread through the plots. On another pleasant note, two of the shorts in this collection ("The Dumb-Bell" and "The Courtship of Miles Sandwich") were directed by Charley Chase.
All of the films included on this disc have been newly mastered from 16mm prints. "The Dumb-Bell" has actually been re-edited from two individual 16mm prints in order to produce a complete version with all original titles. On the other side of the coin, "California or Bust" is something of a digest print with about four minutes missing at the end of reel two, but it is otherwise complete and tells the whole story as carried in the original plot - it's also a very funny entry in the series. "Some Baby," "The Walkout" and "The Courtship of Miles Sandwich" are all complete and in very, very nice shape. This disc makes an excellent addition to our Snub and Marie Collection and we promise not to wait so long to bring out the next volume. The music tracks on this disc are restored acoustic process 78 rpm recordings.
The Set Contents:
Some Baby (Roach-Pathé; 6/25/22); dir. Ralph Cedar; cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, George Rowe and Noah Young The Dumb-Bell (Roach-Pathé; 7/16/22); dir. Charley Chase; cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Sammy Brooks, William B. Davidson, William Gillespie, Wallace Howe, George Rowe, Lincoln Stedman, Charles Stevenson and Noah Young California or Bust (Roach-Pathé; 4/29/23); dir. Craig Hutchinson; cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Jimmy Finlayson and William Gillespie The Courtship of Miles Sandwich (Roach-Pathé; 6/24/23); dir. Charley Chase; cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Jimmy Finlayson and Noah Young The Walkout (Roach-Pathé; 9/16/23); dir. George Jeske; cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Jimmy Finlayson and Noah Young
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Snub and Marie Vol. 4
Sex, Lies and 9.5mm
Snub Pollard and Marie Mosquini are back in this new release. As the subtitle implies, some of the material comes from small gauge prints, but the quality is very high - if we do say so ourselves. Actually, only two of the transfers come from 9.5mm gauge prints and all but one title are brand new, first generation digital copies from prints in the hands of private collectors. As always, the films are accompanied by restored musical tracks taken from period recordings.
The Set Contents:
Back to the Woods (released 11/18 by Rolin-Pathé); 1 reel; directed by Hal E. Roach. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Bud Jamison and Marie Mosquini. Harold and Snub are would-be hunters in the wild American frontier. Harold falls for Bebe, much to Bud Jamison's chagrin, and Snub is ... well, Snub. Look for Marie as the flirtatious squaw. This print comes from an off-air NTSC video copy. All of the titles and inter-titles have been restored or recreated and the film bears the 1919 season Pathé tags. "Back to the Woods" has not been shown in a form this close to the original content in many years.
All Lit Up (released 2/1/20 by Rolin-Pathé); 1 reel; directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Noah Young, Sunshine Sammy Morrison and Eddie Boland. Marie is the wife of a tempermental (perhaps, just mental) painter played by Noah Young. Snub is a butterfly collector who winds up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The plot will be familiar to fans of Laurel and Hardy as being quite similar to that of the short "The Fixer-Uppers." This new digital transfer comes from a print in our collection and is sharp as a tack. It features original titles and tags.
Fresh Paint (3/7/20 by Rolin-Pathé; 1 reel; directed by Charley Chase and Alf Goulding. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Noah Young, Eddie Boland and Sammy Brooks. Another, ahem, art film featuring jealous husbands and terrible consequences. Snub is a bicycle messenger who winds up posing as a portrait artist. Marie is his married subject. Noah supplies the "for better, for worse" element to the plot. This print is a new 16mm transfer.
Shake 'Em Up (12/18/21 by Rolin-Pathé); 1 reel; directed by Charley Chase. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Leo Willis and Sammy Brooks. Marie plays Señorita Teresa Tamale, a beautiful, south-of-the-border spy, and Snub is the American secret agent sent to free her. Leo Willis is the corrupt thug who holds Marie prisoner. Earthquakes and firing squads provide a splendid backdrop for this fine romantic comedy. This is the first of two 9.5mm transfers in the collection. The titles have been restored or re-created based upon translations by Ali Stevenson from the original French cards.
Stage Struck (2/12/22 by Rolin-Pathé); 1 reel; directed by William H. Watson. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Noah Young and Sammy Brooks. Snub is a Stage Door Johnnie who pursues Marie into the the flea pit of a theater where she works. When the male lead quits, Snub is pressed into service as the featured player in a great Civil War drama. The disgruntled actor returns to the theater with vengeance in his heart and fireworks under his arm. You can probably guess the rest. This is the second of our 9.5mm presentations and, again, the titles have been restored or recreated based upon translations by Ali Stevenson from the original French cards. "Stage Struck" - like "Shake 'Em Up" - has been restored to a form that is very close to its original content.
Jack Frost (reel 1 only) (7/22/23 by Roach-Pathé); 1 reel; directed by Charley Chase. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Noah Young and James Finlayson. Noah Young runs a farm and the general store. Snub is the unfortunate instrument of Noah's will and must get up early to engineer the operation of both businesses. The hand of Noah's daughter (played by Marie) is apparently the prize for a job well done. Mr. Finlayson appears upon the scene just before the reel change as a stranger from the city. We can only imagine the havoc he creates between Snub and Marie as reel 2 is sadly missing. A very obscure film, but nice 16mm source material with blue tints.
It's A Gift (10/14/23 by Roach-Pathé); 1 reel; directed by Hugh Fay. Cast: Snub Pollard, Marie Mosquini, William Gillespie, Wallace Howe and Mark Jones. The quintessential Snub Pollard film, "It's a Gift" features some wonderful Rube Goldberg-like devices with Snub as their eccentric inventor. This is the film with which Pollard is most readily identified. It is presented here with original titles in a new composite transfer of our best 16mm prints (we own three).
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A STAN LAUREL REFERENCE LIBRARY A Video and Audio Reference Guide to the Life and Work of Stan Laurel
A STAN LAUREL REFERENCE LIBRARY, VOLUME I
Do You Love Your Wife?
Just Rambling Along
Hustling for Health
Huns and Hyphens
Bears and Bad Men Plus: Nuts in May (fragment), Two Audio Interviews with Stan, Stan Laurel Letter Readings and more ...
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A Stan Laurel Reference Library
Vol. 2: 1918 - 1922
Here is Volume 2 of the Stan Laurel Reference Library. There are four shorts on this disc partially covering the period between 1918 and 1922. The titles are: Frauds and Frenzies (the last of the three Semon Vitagraphs), The Lucky Dog (presented here in a more complete form than can be found in most commercially available copies), A Weak-End Party (all that remains of this title is the first reel, unfortunately) and The Handy Man (this version is taken from digitally remastered video - not fabulous, but very watchable and a terribly obscure title). In addition to the films there are special audio files including Stan Laurel letters read by film historian Glenn Mitchell and series DVD author Dave Stevenson. There are also some Laurel and Hardy radio recordings (in full DVD fidelity) of the familiar classics: "Mr Slater's Poultry Market" and "The Wedding Sketch" from Mail Call. There are some hidden (surprise) features as well.
The overall visual quality is good to excellent with the only "reference quality" short being the aforementioned video copy of The Handy Man. The scores are restored 78 rpm acoustic recordings. The radio programs are digitally remastered and restored.
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Looser Than Loose invites you to join us on a cruise of North America's inland waterways and to walk the decks of some long-gone steamboats. From the S.S. St. Lawrence of the Canada Steamship Lines to the Bob-Lo Boats working out of Detroit, to the Delta Queen on the Mississippi River, you will enjoy every mile of these scenic river excursions. In addition to the scenery that made these trips famous and desirable, you will be treated to views of other steamboats plying the various routes. The featured boats in this collection are: St. Lawrence of the Canada Steamship Lines as she appeared in 1926, Ste. Claire of the Bob-Lo Boats during the summer of 1978, the S.S. Eastern States in her final full season (1955) - filmed in color at Lansing, Michigan - and the Delta Queen as she looked in the mid-seventies. Along the way, these boats cross paths with steamers such as the Quebec and Tadoussac of the Canada Steamship Lines, a beautiful little side-wheeler called Trois Rivières, a host of Great Lakes freighters and ferries and a similar variety of Mississippi River boats including the Sainte Genevieve. Most of the films on this disc have restored 78rpm acoustic or electric tracks (as noted below) which we have tried to match to the mood of each cruise segment. Nearly all of the footage on this DVD is unique and never before presented on any other collection.
St. Lawrence (Home Movies from 1926). A journey up the St. Lawrence and past the Saint-Maurice and into the Saguenay Rivers on the way to the port village of Gaspé. Much of the scenic content of the Saguenay leg has been left in this movie which documents the entire journey to Gaspé on the Atlantic Ocean. The return trip to Montréal is much condensed. Featured are dock scenes and views of Québec as it appeared in the mid-twenties. Approx. 35 minutes; silent with a 1920s electric 78 track. Source: 16mm original print. Titles and subtitles have been added. Special thanks to the Centre Franco-Américain of Manchester, NH.
Ste. Claire (1978). We are taken from Detroit out to the Bob-Lo Amusement Park aboard the Ste. Claire. Views of Great Lakes freighters and pleasure craft are mingled with on-board activities. Finally, we stroll through the amusement park and are treated to a look at the various rides - particularly the roller coasters. At the end of this sequence is a look at other Great Lakes steamers - this time from 1955 - in Lansing, Michigan. There is an extended look at the side-wheeler Eastern States which would be scrapped just a year later after having been dragged out to sea and burned to little more than a floating hulk. Approx. 14 minutes; silent with a 1950s 78 track. Source: beautiful Kodachrome 16mm print. Special thanks to Mark Johnson.
"Delta Queen, My Time Machine" (1973). This is a commercially produced promotional short for the Mississippi River steamer, now in the public domain, which gives us a fabulous look at the day-to-day operation of the Delta Queen. There are nice shots around the vessel and of its facilities, including the engine room and calliope. The presentation is aimed at the prospective tourist and is aimed at getting your business. Some of the shipboard highlights include a performance by long-time entertainer Vic Tooker, his Mother and his Dad. The opening tune is performed by the late, great John Hartford. Source: original 16mm print; sound with original titles. Special thanks to Mark Johnson.
Delta Queen Home Movie Footage (1974). More views of the world's most famous steamboat since the Mary Powell. This trip takes us down stream from the upper Midwest and even stops in Dubuque, IA to view the Fenelon Place Elevator Company's vintage incline railway. The shots of the Mississippi are presented in stunning Kodachrome and we are treated to the occasional passing steamboat or freighter such as the magnificent Sainte Genevieve. Source: original, silent 16mm Kodachrome print with a Dixieland 78rpm track.