The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #07 – May 3, 2020

Episode #07 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday May 3, 2020 at 3pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Billie Ritchie, Bobby Vernon and Buster Keaton.

The Silent Comedy Watch Party is presented for free, on YouTube.

Films scheduled for this episode:

FATHER WAS A LOAFER (1915) – starring Billie Ritchie, with Gertrude Selby, Alice Howell, Louise Orth, Hank Mann, Eva Nelson, Harry Russell; dir. Henry Lehrman; rel. February 10, 1915 by L-Ko Comedies; dist. Universal Pictures; 1 reel; presented from a 2K digital scan from a 35mm print at the Library of Congress; released on the DVD The Alice Howell Collection by Undercrank Productions, available on Amazon.

WHY WILD MEN GO WILD (1919) – starring Bobby Vernon, with Vera Steadman, Jimmie Harrison, George B. French, Gus Leonard; prod. Al Christie; dir. William Beaudine; scen. W. Scott Darling; rel. 1919 by the Christie Film Company; 1 reel; presented from an HD digital scan of the only surviving 16mm print, courtesy of Ben Model/Undercrank Prods.; released on the DVD Accidentally Preserved Vol. 2, available on Amazon.

THE BALLOONATIC (1923) – starring Buster Keaton, with Phyllis Haver, Babe London, Joseph Mitchell, Eddie Cline, Natalie Talmadge, John Brown (bear); prod. Joseph M. Schenck; dir. Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline; rel. January 22, 1923 by Buster Keaton Prods.; dist: First National; 2 reels; this edition, sourced from the Art of Buster Keaton DVD series, is presented courtesy of Kino Lorber and the Blackhawk Films Collection; the film is currently available in a new restoration by Lobster Films on DVD/Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, available on Amazon.

Time Zone info:

  • Pacific Time – 12 noon
  • Mountain Time – 1pm
  • Central Time – 2pm
  • Eastern Time – 3pm
  • Argentina Time – 4pm 
  • UK/England – 8pm
  • Europe/Scandinavia et al – 9pm (21:00)
  • Eastern Australia – 3am Monday
  • Western Australia – 6am 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 3:00pm EDT on Sunday, May 3, 2020. 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.

The Silent Comedy Watch Party episode 7
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Mentioned on episode 7:

Ben Model & Steve Massa’s “cabin fever” recommendations:

  • Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton by John Bengtson (Santa Monica Press, 1999); available on Amazon.
  • Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin by John Bengtson (Santa Monica Press, 2006); available on Amazon.
  • Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd by John Bengtson (Santa Monica Press, 2011); available on Amazon.
  • John Bengtson posted about some of the Alice Howell comedy shorts on his Silent Locations blog
  • Exit Smiling (1926) – starring Beatrice Lillie; available on Amazon.
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Allen R.

Another great show! Please keep it up as long as needed — it’s the only thing I do every week.

And since you’re dying for requests…

I’ve been reading about Lloyd Hamilton forever, but have never seen one of his mature shorts (i.e., not ‘Ham and Bud’). Would you run one or two?

And more Snub Pollard! And more Charley Chase!

Thanks —

— Allen

Ben Model

We’re big “Ham” fans and can certainly line up one of his Educational 2-reelers. The Ham and Bud shorts actually hold up well if they’re run at a decent speed (20 fps) in a good 35mm print with a good score. They mostly circulate in bad 16mm dupes over-sped at 24 and those H&B’s need all the help they can get. Thanks for the suggestion!