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Coney Island - Buster Keaton climbing a street lamp

Coney Island – Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton

Coney Island (1917) starring Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John

 Coney Island is a silent short comedy starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, with Buster Keaton in a secondary role. Buster is interesting to watch, in that he hasn’t yet developed his trademark stoneface personality, and can be seen laughing, etc. (more…)

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Movie poster for Grandma's Boy, starring Harold Lloyd

Grandma’s Boy

Grandma’s Boy (1922) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis

Grandma’s Boy is the story of a quiet, shy, and yes, cowardly young man played by Harold Lloyd. His childhood is shown in flashback, humorously showing his cowardly nature.  Which gets him in further trouble as he’s courting his girlfriend (Mildred Davis) only to be intimidated by a bully (Charles Stevenson) who takes credit for churning the ice cream (the film is set back in the 1920’s after all) and ends up pushing him into a well — where his suit comically shrinks. (more…)

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Billy Gilbert

Biography of Billy Gilbert (September 12, 1894 – September 23, 1971)

Billy Gilbert was an American comedian and actor known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects and television shows starting in 1929. (more…)

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