Episode #47 – February 28, 2021

Episode #47 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday February 28, 2021 at 3pm ET. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live accompany screenings of shorts starring Stan Laurel or Oliver Hardy.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Serge Bromberg, chairman of Lobster Films, and Rob Stone, Moving Image Curator at Library of Congress will join us to talk about their Blu-ray release, Laurel or Hardy: Early Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

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Films scheduled for this episode:

AN EXPENSIVE VISIT (1915) starring Oliver Hardy, with Ed Lawrence, Raymond McKee, Ben Walker, Charles W. Ritchie; dir. Will Lewis; story. Edwin Ray Coffin; rel. March 23, 1915 by the Lubin Manufacturing Co.; dist. General Film Co.; 1 reel. 

THE SERENADE (1916) starring Oliver Hardy and Billy Ruge, with Billy Bletcher, Florence McLoughlin; dir. Will Louis; prod. Louis Burstein; rel. March 2, 1916 by Vim Films Corp.; dist. General Film Co.; 1 reel.

COLLARS AND CUFFS (1923) starring Stan Laurel, with Mark Jones, Eddie Baker, Katherine Grant, Jack Ackroyd, George Rowe, Sammy Brooks, Owen Evans; dir. George Jeske; photo. Frank Young; prod. Hal Roach; rel. July 1, 1923 by Hal Roach Comedies; dist. Pathé Exchange; 1 reel.

WHEN KNIGHTS WERE COLD (1923) starring Stan Laurel, with Catherine Bennett, Scott MacGregor, Mae Laurel, William Armstrong, Will Bovis, Harry de More; dir. Frank Fouce; photo. Irving Reis; prod. Gilbert M. Anderson; rel. February 12, 1923 by Quality Pictures; dist. Metro Pictures; originally 2 reels. 

All films from the new Blu-ray release Laurel or Hardy: Early Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Courtesy of Flicker Alley, Lobster Films, the Library of Congress, Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange, Jeffrey Masino and Rob Stone. Available on Amazon

Time Zone info:

  • Pacific Time – 12 noon
  • Mountain Time – 1 pm
  • Central Time – 2 pm
  • Eastern Time – 3 pm
  • Argentina/Nova Scotia – 4 pm 
  • UK/England – 8 pm
  • Europe/Scandinavia/Netherlands et al. – 9 pm (21:00)
  • Eastern Australia – 3 am Monday
  • Western Australia – 6 am Monday
  • Japan (Tokyo) – 4am Monday

Where to watch the show:

The stream will go live on YouTube about 5-10 minutes before the show’s start time at 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Click the image below to go to Ben Model’s YouTube channel where you can subscribe and get an email notification about the stream link.

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Mentioned on episode 47:
Steve Massa and Ben Model’s “cabin fever” recommendations:

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