Like many people who are into classic film, I only knew Harry Myers as the drunk millionaire in Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931). I knew he didn’t just appear out of nowhere, hand-picked form obscurity the way Virginia Cherrill had… Read More »Before When Harry Met Charlie
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Putting Humpty Together Again, Thanks to the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress It isn’t often that a two-reel comedy can be reassembled by accessing a reel from one archive and a reel from another, but we… Read More »What’s a Nice Car Like You Doing in a Comedy Short Like This?
Stretching to Two Reel Length was no Stretch For Marcel Perez What has always struck me as remarkable about Buster Keaton (well, one of several things) is his maturity as a filmmaker at the ripe old age of 25. His… Read More »Buster Keaton’s Leap to ‘One Week’, and Marcel Perez’s Jump from “Split-reelers” to 2-reelers
Happy Birthday to Victor Herbert, Composer of “Babes In Toyland”, “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life” and the elusive “Marion Davies March” Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys wafted over my WFMT app this morning, in honor of the composer’s birthday, and… Read More »Marion Davies Marches On…!
The injury humor of Johnny Knoxville, the Farrelly Brothers, and thousands of anonymous klutzes is nothing new — French and Italian comedians were doing it during movies’ first decade. Last September, a lot of people sent me a link to… Read More »The Humor of “Jackass” and AFV In the Early 1900s, as Performed by Marcel Perez and Others
THE ITALIAN (1915) was just posted to YouTube the Library of Congress in a new 2K scan of the Library’s best 35mm preservation material and with a brand new (I recorded it last month) piano score by yours truly. The film stars George Beban, and was directed by Reginald Barker and produced by Thomas Ince.
I’m very excited announce the release today of my new DVD, The Marcel Perez Collection! The DVD contains 10 rare short silent comedies in new digital transfers from prints preserved by the Library of Congress and by the EYE Filmmuseum… Read More »new DVD release: “The Marcel Perez Collection”
THE MARCEL PEREZ COLLECTION SHOWCASINGFORGOTTEN SILENT FILM COMEDIAN CONFIRMED FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 3 IN NEW DVD FEATURING NEW DIGITAL TRANSFERS OF RARE ARCHIVAL PRINTS Undercrank Productions Collaborates with Library of Congress and EYE Filmmuseum (Netherlands) to Shine Spotlight onOverlooked… Read More »NEW DVD COLLECTION OF FORGOTTEN SILENT FILM STAR MARCEL PEREZ
In honor of Harold Lloyd’s birthday, I’ve uploaded a fun, rarely seen early “glasses” one-reeler with Harold to my YouTube channel. I scored this in 2008 for the American Slapstick 2 DVD set from AllDay Entertainment. The set is still… Read More »Happy birthday Harold Lloyd – watch “Bliss” (1917)