The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #22 – August 16, 2020

Episode #22 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday August 16, 2020 at 3 pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Snub Pollard, Eddie Lyons & Lee Moran, and Charlie Chaplin.

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

Films scheduled for this episode:

PUNCH THE CLOCK (1922) starring Snub Pollard, with Eddie Baker, Marie Mosquini, George Rowe, William Gillespie, Mark Jones; dir. William Beaudine; superv. Charles Parrott; released June 4, 1922 by the Rolin Film Co.; dis. Pathé Exchange; 1 reel; presented from a 16mm print; courtesy of Robert Arkus.

WAITING AT THE CHURCH (1919) starring Eddie Lyons & Lee Moran, with Mildred Moore, Grace Marvin; dir. & writ. Eddie Lyons & Lee Moran; rel. August 4, 1919 by the Universal Film Co.; 1 reel; presented in an 2K scan of a 35mm print from the Library of Congress, courtesy of Michael Aus; released on the DVD Early Universal Films of Eddie Lyons & Lee Moran: Vol. 2; available on Ebay

THE CURE (1917) starring Charlie Chaplin, with Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, John Rand, Albert Austin, James T. Kelly, Frank J. Coleman, Henry Bergman, William Gillespie; dir. & writ. Charles Chaplin; photo. Roland Totheroh & George C. Zalibra; rel. April 16, 1917 by the Lone Star Film Corporation; dis. Mutual Film Corp.; presented courtesy of Serge Bromberg and the Blackhawk Films Collection; available on many DVD collections, including the 2013 “Chaplin Project” digital restorations, available through Amazon.

SPECIAL GUEST: Film Historian Michael J. Hayde – author of Chaplin’s Vintage Year: The History of the the Mutual Chaplin Specials, Little Elf: A celebration of Harry Langdon, and more – will join us to talk about THE CURE and Chaplin’s days making his 12 famous Mutual Comedies.

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, August 16, 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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Nancy Delaney

Oh boy this looks like a fun one! See you Sunday.

Alex H. Telfer

As in Lyons and Moran and many others there is nothing quite as tragic and sad as the missing or vanishing of creative artistic material. Something many people together out their heart and soul into that now longer in the ether . Perhaps in some old dusty forgotten corner waiting to shine again on the silent screen, the magic shadows as Canadian film buff Elwy Host called them back years ago in the 1970s. Let’s hope people will continue to come across these marvels. Let the forgotten clowns have a chance to shine alongside the greats like Chaplin and Keaton.

Maria Kasper

I wasn’t able to join the Watch Party live (I had to work today), but just got home and tuned in to see the fun a little late. To my disappointment, all I got was a message saying “Video unavailable. This video contains content from TF1 video, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” Does this mean those of us who missed the live show will no longer be able to access it afterwards?

Ben Model

Issue was a ContentID match. Content ID is YouTube’s digital fingerprint AI for copyright protection — the 2014 film “La rançon de la gloire” which TF1 controls has a scene in it where one of the characters is cooking and the TV in the kitchen is showing THE CURE. I have submitted the dispute claim, and I am quite sure this will be resolved…

Alex H. Telfer

Sorry the illustrious Film Historian and TV hosts name was ELWY YOST not this dumb computers self corrected nonsense, of treating European names as spelling errors for American words.

Alan

Missed the live stream earlier today, went to watch it tonight but I see that it’s been spiked on Youtube for copyright issues? Hopefully the rest of the stream can go back up with the film with issues removed?

Kevin Shannon

It appears YouTube has taken down episode 22. It says it was blocked on copyright grounds by TF1 Video. It was there around 5pm but when I went back to watch where I left off I saw the message. Hope you can resolve the issue.

Ben Model

Issue was a ContentID match. Content ID is YouTube’s digital fingerprint AI for copyright protection — the 2014 film “La rançon de la gloire” which TF1 controls has a scene in it where one of the characters is cooking and the TV in the kitchen is showing THE CURE. I have submitted the dispute claim, and I am quite sure this will be resolved…

Alex H. Telfer

Every time I see the Watch Party I realize has much I love Marlene Weismans magnificent logo. Great choice for a wonderful show !

Ben Model

Yes, Marlene is truly gifted, and we’re so thrilled she’s doing the graphics for the show! Check out her other art at marleneweisman.com and marleneweismandesign.com