The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #09 – May 17, 2020

Episode #09 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday May 17, 2020 at 3pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Glenn Tryon, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew, and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. 

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

Films scheduled for this episode:

WAGES OF TIN (1925) – starring Glenn Tryon, with Blanche Mehaffey, Noah Young, George Rowe, Billy Engle, Martin “Tonnage” Wolfkeil, James T. Kelly, Helen Gilmore, Jules Mendel; dir. Roy Clements; rel. January 4, 1925 by Hal Roach Comedies; dist: Pathé Exchange; 1 reel (originally 2); presented in an HD digital scan from a rare 9.5mm print courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive and Dino Everett; released on DVD by Undercrank Productions on Accidentally Preserved Vol. 4; available on Amazon.

WANTED, A NURSE (1915) – starring Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew, with Courtlandt Van Dusen; dir. Sidney Drew; rel. January 22, 1915 by the Vitagraph Company; 1 reel; presented in an HD digital scan from a rare 16mm print courtesy of Robert Farr; released on DVD by Undercrank Productions on Accidentally Preserved Vol. 3; available on Amazon.

THE BUTCHER BOY (1917) – starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, with Josephine Stevens, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Agnes Neilson, Arthur Earle, Luke; dir. Roscoe Arbuckle; rel. April 23, 1917 by the Comique Film Corp.; dist: Paramount; 2 reels; presented courtesy of Serge Bromberg and Lobster Films; released on the DVD/Blu-ray Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917–1923; 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 17, 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.

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Mentioned on episode 9:

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

  • Rediscovering Roscoe: The Films of “Fatty” Arbuckle by Steve Massa (BearManor Media, 2019); available on Amazon
  • How Did Lubitsch Do It? by Joseph McBride (Columbia University Press, 2018); available on Amazon
  • Lloyd HamiltonSilent Comedian (D&D: Glass & Wyatt, 2017); available on Amazon
  • Movies Are Magic, by Jennifer Churchill (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2008); available on Amazon.
  • The Silent Film Music Podcast with Ben Modelepisode 34.
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Rex Fermier

Is this the only place to leave a comment during the show?

Ben Model

Yes. I don’t see comments until after the show ends. I prefer to have the chat disabled on YouTube.

Carole Real

There’s a great video on the locations for Wages of Tin! Interestingly, the area of Culver City where Wages of Tin was shot is still the place to go to buy a car — there are two big car dealerships there, one for Toyota and one for Honda. Also, with several intersections of large boulevards meeting at diagonals, it’s also still the place to do some confused driving. Here’s a link to Glenn Tryon’s location video: https://youtu.be/7dlZaMFmoaM