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Scary Silents: “The Red Spectre”

Top of the afternoon, minions! I just realized I hadn’t posted anything in either of my movie series for several days, and I felt sorta bad about that. 2,222 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in CAUGHT IN THE RAIN (1914) - Have you ever seen a dream sleepwalking?

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

In a park, a tipsy Charlie tries to make time with a woman (Alice Davenport) alone on a park bench, until the woman’s wife (Mack Swain) returns and settles the matter for good. 201 more words


Roscoe Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin THE KNOCKOUT (1914) - Doesn't have as much punch as it should

The Knockout is not a Chaplin short per se. It is also not a knockout by any means.

It’s primarily a vehicle for Roscoe Arbuckle. He plays “Pug,” a genial sort who, for reasons I still haven’t sorted out even after seeing the movie, gets talked into a boxing match against a prizefighter named Cyclone Flynn (Edgar Kennedy). 79 more words


Double Whoopee (1929) - An actress’ point of view

This post is part of the Shorts Blogathon, hosted by the queen of all things silent film related, Fritzi Kramer. Check out her Movies Silently website to dig into other bite-sized goodness! 1,204 more words

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Buster Keaton in MY WIFE'S RELATIONS (1922) - Art reflects marriage?

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

Since the real-life Buster Keaton struggled to maintain more than a shadow in the Talmadge family (into which he’d been married and then all but emasculated in the early 1920’s), it’s not very hard to guess where Keaton got the inspiration for My Wife’s Relations, about an innocent man who is mistakenly married into a family that mostly wants to use him for a punching bag. 263 more words


Charlie Chaplin in BY THE SEA (1915) - A comedy that's all wet

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

By the Sea is a slight improvement over Chaplin’s only other Essanay one-reeler, In the Park. But like its predecessor, this “short” short has too many characters for its own good. 122 more words


BIG BUSINESS (1929) - Laurel & Hardy can't see the forest for the Christmas trees

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

Charlie Chaplin said in 1957: “Then there’s the gag about the man who goes to a very pompous dinner party. Everything goes wrong for him. 390 more words

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