Sennett, Roach and The Boys and The Tramps

Producer Mack Sennet's Bathing Beauties, with Carole Lombard on the right (c1927). Mildred Davis and  Harold Lloyd who worked with the other major comedy producer of the time Hal Roach (from 1915 to 1923) 

Hello, I just wanted to mention that historian Kevin Brownlow's 1980 documentary: Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film is available on you tube (whoopee) thanks to one remarkable uploader. So far they have uploaded 8 of the 13 episodes, one is uploaded every few weeks or so.  
The Latest Comedy - A Serious Business is below
It features interviews with Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Hal Roach, Jackie Coogan and Frank Capra and more.   
The Episode mentions Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios otherwise known as "The Fun Factory" and Charlie Chaplin's beginnings there. Mack Sennett wasn't a producer big on scenario, he said the chase was the essence of his comedy, meaning they were big on extreme slapstick. So it wasn't long before Chaplin wanted to spread his wings, and he did in 1915. 
Hal Roach was the other great producer, Harold Lloyd began as a comedian with Roach and started out playing a character known as Lonesome Luke, Lloyd had never done comedy before. Essentially the character was the studios way of cashing in on Chaplin's success with his lovable tramp, Lonesome Luke didn't last. Everyone at the studio decided that Harold needed to stand out, thus the much loved Glasses character began. Buster Keaton of course is a hot topic as well, stunts, directing and he talks about why his character is deadpan. Lastly the episode also touches on the rise and fall of the forgotten comedian Harry Langdon and his innocent man-child like character invented by Mack Sennett and Frank Capra. 
Enjoy, its good stuff.
James Mason Narrates 
Link to the 1st Episode: The Pioneers

uh oh spaghettios. Mabel falls off the wheel and into a puddle in Mabel at the Wheel with Charlie Chaplin who plays the villain (Mack Sennett c1914) first photo found at mythicalmonkey and the other on filmobservations


Robby Cress said...

Thanks for sharing this! I've been wanting to see this ever since I saw Brownlow's Chaplin documentary. I love YouTube for being able to view these kinsd of treasures.

Zoë Walker said...

Tell me about it, Youtube is awesome, you almost don't need a television.!

Hope you enjoy the Doc :)

Ana said...

I didn't know about this, it's so great the stuff you can find on youtube. Thanks so much!!

Rania Kelesidou said...

It's really nice,and I love the retro photos.

Ithankyou said...

Thanks for this link Zoë! Love Jamesss Massson as well. There's not enough time, not enough time! Still...maybe if I slept less...

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