The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #15 – June 28, 2020

Episode #15 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday June 28, 2020 at 3pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Snub Pollard, Mabel Normand, and Mr. & Mrs. Carter DeHaven.

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

Films scheduled for this episode:

IT’S A GIFT (1923) – starring Snub Pollard, with William Gillespie, Wallace Howe, Marie Mosquini, Noah Young, Charley Young, Mark Jones; dir. Hugh Fay; rel. October 14, 1923 by Hal Roach Comedies; dist. Pathé Exchanges; 1 reel; presented courtesy of the Blackhawk Films Collection and Serge Bromberg; sourced from the Slapstick Encyclopedia (2012) DVD box set; available on Amazon.

WON IN A CLOSET (1914 – British release title WON IN A CUPBOARD) – starring Mabel Normand, with Charles Avery, Alice Davenport, Charles Inslee, Rube Miller, Hank Mann, Bill Hauber, Al St John; dir. Mabel Normand; prod. Mack Sennett; rel. January 22, 1914 by the Keystone Film Co.; dist. Mutual Film Corp.; 1 reel; presented in a 2K digital scan from a 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress; available online at the National Film Preservation Foundation’s screening room; also available on the DVD Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive (2013) from Amazon

A WAGGIN’ TALE (1923) – starring Carter DeHaven and Flora Parker DeHaven, with Charles Force, Pal, Max Asher, May Wallace, Jiggs; dir. Carter DeHaven; scen. Monty Brice; prod. P. A.  Powers; rel. February 13, 1923 by Robertson-Cole Pictures Corp.; dist. FBO; 2 reels; presented in a 2K digital scan from an archival 16mm print courtesy of Dino Everett and the USC School of Cinematic Arts Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.

Time Zone info:

  • Pacific Time – 12 noon
  • Mountain Time – 1pm
  • Central Time – 2pm
  • Eastern Time – 3pm
  • Argentina Time – 4pm 
  • UK/England – 8pm
  • Europe/Scandinavia/Netherlands 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, June 28, 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 15:

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

  • The Cameraman (1928). The Criterion Collection Blu-ray (2020); available on Amazon
  • Syd Chaplin: A Biography by Lisa K. Stein (McFarland, 2011); available on Amazon.

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Joanne Capella

Wow! Fifteen weeks — now you’ve held enough sessions to be an official college course! 😉
No seriously. I’ve learned so much about early silent comedy from you and Steve.

Ben Model

You know, I hadn’t thought of that! My silent film course at Wesleyan is 13 sessions.