The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #14 – June 21, 2020

Episode #14 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday June 21, 2020 at 3pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Hank Mann, Bobby Bumps and Billy Bletcher.

On this episode, Ben and Steve will be joined by Rob Stone and Rachel Del Gaudio of The Library of Congress, who are the co-organizers of the annual Mostly Lost film identification workshop. Mostly Lost 9 would have been held June 17-20 this year, and is presented by and held at the Library of Congress Packard Preservation Campus in Culpeper VA.

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

Films scheduled for this episode:

All of this week’s films were identified at Mostly Lost, the annual film identification workshop held by and at the Library of Congress.

Ben Model and Steve Massa will be joined on this episode by a pair of guests toward the end of the program; this page will be updated with details late on Saturday June 20.

THE NICKEL SNATCHER (1920) – starring Hank Mann, with Madge Kirby, Vernon Dent, James T. Kelly, Bert Gillespie; dir. Unknown; rel. 1920 by Morris Schlank for the Hank Mann Comedy Co.; dist. Arrow Film Corporation; 1 reel; presented in a 2K digital scan from a 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress; released on DVD by Undercrank Productions on Found at Mostly Lost Vol. 1 (2016); available on Amazon.

AND THE VILLAIN STILL PURSUED HER; OR, THE AUTHOR’S DREAM (1906) – starring Paul Panzer; dir. J. Stuart Blackton; rel. December 1, 1906 by the Vitagraph Company of America; 1 reel; presented in a 2K digital scan from a 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress; released on DVD by Undercrank Productions on Found at Mostly Lost Vol. 2 (2018); available on Amazon

FRESH FISH (1922) – starring Bobby Bumps, with Fido; dir. & writ. Earl Hurd; rel. October 8, 1922 by Earl Hurd Cartoons; dist. Educational Pictures; 1 reel; presented in a 2K digital scan from an archival 16mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress; released on DVD by Undercrank Productions on Found at Mostly Lost Vol. 2 (2018); available on Amazon

THE NOODLE NUT (1922) – starring Billy Bletcher, with Madge Kirby, William Irving, Robert McKenzie, Billy Engel; dir. Unknown; rel. 1922 by C.L. Chester Productions; 2 reels; presented in a 2K digital scan from an archival 16mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress; released on DVD by Undercrank Productions on Found at Mostly Lost Vol. 2 (2018); available on Amazon

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  • Western Australia – 6am Monday
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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, June 21, 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 14:

Steve Massa’s “cabin fever” recommendation:

  • Cartoon Roots: Bobby Bumps and Fido (Cartoons on Film, 2019); available on Amazon.

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Nancy

I can’t wait to see And A Villan Still Persued Her. I have watched the 1940 version with #BusterKeaton. Is it the same story?

Ben Model

The line “and the villain still pursued her” I believe it a well-known-at-the-time line from stage melodrama, like “Curses, foiled again!”. I have not seen the Keaton, but the character archetypes of stage melodrama are in place and spoofed in this extremely bizarro 1906 Vitagraph.