Silents are golden

Not long ago, a cache of films was discovered in Buster Keaton’s Hollywood mansion. Continue reading Silents are golden

Stan Laurel: Funnier than Keaton or Chaplin

At Christmas 1952 the inhabitants of a small village in the middle of England were surprised and delighted to discover two of the world’s best known comedians seated at the bar of their local pub. Laurel and Hardy were in another fine mess. Continue reading Stan Laurel: Funnier than Keaton or Chaplin

Roscoe Arbuckle: A time for renewed laughter

In 1917 Buster Keaton met Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, who was making a series of slapstick comedies at movie mogul Joseph Schenck’s specially created Comique studio. Four years later, Arbuckle’s career was in ruins. Continue reading Roscoe Arbuckle: A time for renewed laughter