The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #16 – July 5, 2020

Episode #16 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday July 5, 2020 at 3 pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring  Paul Parrott, Wanda Wiley and Buster Keaton.

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

Films scheduled for this episode:

SHINE ‘EM UP (1922) – starring Paul Parrott, with Eddie Baker, Jobyna Ralston, Gaylord Lloyd, William Gillespie, George Rowe, Marvin Loback, Mark Jones, Sammy Brooks; dir. James Davis; rel. November 5, 1922 by Hal Roach Comedies; dist. Pathé Exchange; 1 reel; presented courtesy of Serge Bromberg and Lobster Films, and sourced from the DVD The Charley Chase Collection: Vol. 2 (2005); available on Amazon.  

A THRILLING ROMANCE (1926) – starring Wanda Wiley, with Earl McCarthy, Joe Bonner, Al Hallett; dir. Jess Robbins; scr. T. Page Wright; rel. July 14, 1926 by Century Comedies; dist. Universal Pictures; 2 reels; presented in an HD scan from a 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress; special thanks to Nelson Hughes.

THE SCARECROW (1920) – starring Buster Keaton, with Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Luke, Joe Keaton, Eddie Cline. dir. & writ. Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline; rel. December 22, 1920 by Joseph M. Schenck Productions; dist. Metro Pictures; 2 reels; the film is currently available in a new restoration by Lobster Films on the DVD/Blu-ray set from Kino Lorber, Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917–1923 (2016); 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 EDT on Sunday, July 5, 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 16:

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

  • Big Boy Shorts (1925–1927); available on Grapevine Video
  • Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn by Bill Cassara (BearManor Media, 2005); available on Amazon
  • When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922), starring Marion Davies; available on DVD/Blu-ray from Undercrank Productions.
  • John Bengston’s blog post about filming locations in Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow (1920) can be read here.

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Rex Fermier

It’s very hot and humid here in central Florida, so there’s not reason to go outside. So I intend to sit in my airconditioned living room, eat popcorn and pretend that I’m in an old movie theater watching wonderful silent movies, with a live sound track! This is a WIN!

Paul Etcheverry

Just watched episode 16 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party in Kingston, NY. It is so hot and humid here, even our cats are staying inside!