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Towed in a Hole (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert

Towed in a Hole

Towed in a Hole (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert Synopsis of Towed in a Hole Traveling fish peddlers Laurel and Hardy – crabs a specialty – devise a big business idea: buy a dilapidated old boat to fix up and “eliminate the middle-man.” What could possibly go wrong in Towed in a Hole? Especially when […]

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Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W. C. Fields, Jackie Oakley, Susan Fleming

Million Dollar Legs

Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W. C. Fields, Jackie Oakley, Susan Fleming Synopsis of Million Dollar Legs  In Million Dollar Legs, W. C. Fields is the president of the bankrupt nation of Klopstokia.  He needs 8,000,000 dollars, his daughter falls in love with a brush salesman, and his cabinet wants to overthrow him.  How can he solve all […]

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The Music Box (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert

The Music Box [Laurel and Hardy]

The Music Box (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert Synopsis of The Music Box  In The Music Box, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are furniture movers with a simple task.  All they have to do is deliver a piano.  Up a long flight of steps.  While the piano keeps rolling down the steps at […]

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Charlie Chaplin as The Great Dictator, angrily giving a speech

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator, starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jackie Oakley, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert   The Great Dictator is possibly the most well-known of Charlie Chaplin’s films.  It was a timely satire on Nazism and fascism in general, and Adolph Hitler in particular. In it, Charlie Chaplin plays a double role:  Adenoid Hynkel, autocratic dictator […]

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The Rounders - starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

The Rounders

The Rounders (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle A silent film during Charlie Chaplin’s time with the Keystone studio, where Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle are inebriated husbands, who after being beaten up by their wives, sneak out for … more drinks!

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Making a Living - Charlie Chaplin as a stereotypical Keystone villain

Making a Living

Making a Living (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin Making a Living was made in 1914 for the Keystone movie studio.  It was Charlie Chaplin‘s first movie role.   In many ways, it is a typical Keystone picture, short (15 minutes) with lots of slapstick and energy.   Charlie Chaplin is not his well-known tramp clown here.

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