Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Days of Thrills and Laughter (1961)

Notes: 1/19/11
Robert Youngson continues his compilation series.
Clips range from bawdy comedy to elaborate action.
Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Fairbanks, Pearl White, etc.
Great opportunity to educate people on early filmmakers and stars.
Houdini! What a thrill to see pieces of his silent films.
Terrific opportunity to see clips from The Perils of Pauline.
“No successors; but only moving shadows.”

Review: B-
Robert Youngson continues his series of silent era compilation films by focusing on the thrilling stunts and hilarious gags that make silent films a one-of-a-kind experience. Film works as an opportunity for younger audiences to discover the great gags of lesser known comedians like Charley Chase and Snub Pollard, along with Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. Even more enjoyable are clips from the films of Harry Houdini, allowing viewers to marvel at the legendary magician and escape artist.

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