The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #21 – August 9, 2020

Episode #21 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday August 9, 2020 at 3 pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Ethel Teare, Slim Summerville and Buster Keaton.

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

Films scheduled for this episode:

HER FIRST KISS (1919) starring Ethel Teare and Slim Summerville, with Laura La Varnie, Harry Booker, Bobby Dunn, Marvel Rae, Gus Pixley, Roscoe “Tiny” Ward, Alice Davenport, Harry McCoy, Tom Kennedy, Bynunsky Hymen, Fox Sunshine Beauties, Bartine Burkett; dir. Frank Griffin; rel. August 24, 1919 by Fox Sunshine Comedies; 2 reels; presented in a 2K digital scan from a 35mm print courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Film Preservation Foundation; available online at the National Film Preservation Foundation’s screening room.

THE GOAT (1921) starring Buster Keaton, with Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Kitty Bradbury, Garry O’Dell, Eddie Cline, Mal St. Clair, Jean Havez, Steve Murphy; dir & writ. Buster Keaton & Mal St. Clair; photo. Elgin Lessley; rel. July 14, 1921 by the Comique Film Corporation; 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: 19171923 (2016); available on Amazon.

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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 3:00 pm EDT on Sunday, August 9, 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 21:

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

  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1943); dir. Preston Sturges. (Paramount DVD); available on Amazon.
  • The Silent Clowns by Walter Kerr (Knopf, 1975); available on Amazon and on OpenLibrary
  • The Ernie Kovacs Album: Centennial Edition (2019, Omnivore Recordings) – available on Amazon, iTunes et al.

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Alex H. Telfer

Her First Kiss ( 1919 ) has a segment near the end with some truly zany antics inside the department store that is very similar to the much later crazy goings on of the Marx Brothers final scenes in ” The Big Store ” ( 1940 ) Both are equally athletic in the extreme, way out there in terms of actually being executed, in terms of difficulty to perform. But that is all part of the magic of silent comedies and why they never fail to delight and bring joy into one’s life.

Charles Bogle

I thought this was a great show. Her First Kiss was almost surreal, and I found myself wondering whether some of that was due to segments being missing, or whether in its original form it had the same haphazard, stream-of-consciousness feel where they jump from gag to gag and scene to scene? I noticed when discussing The Goat that a fair amount of time was spent sensitively discussing the context of the cigar store gag with the Lakota, which I appreciated. I’m in my 50s, and just assumed that everyone would know what the Native American outside the store meant,… Read more »

Ben Model

Charles – yes there are a few bits of action that appear to be missing from the film, like at the end where suddenly there are two businessmen rummaging around the store’s office, but for the most part this is the style of Fox Sunshine comedies. As far as the cigar store Indian, we have a lot of viewers who are in their 20s and 30s as well as people watching with their kids. I aim to set up gags whose context has been lost to time, and also want to take into account the awareness and sensitivity younger people… Read more »