Monday, February 27, 2017

Christie Comedies Are Comedies of Youth -- February 27, 2017

Moving Picture World, 03-February-1917

The Christie Film Company was a major producer of short comedies from 1911 to 1933.  Al Christie was the director and Charles Christie ran the business.  This ad says "Christie Comedies Are Comedies of Youth."  The Christies featured situation comedy more than the slapstick favored by Mack Sennett and Hal Roach.  Christies frequently featured pretty girls in bathing suits.
Actress Betty Compson later starred in feature films. 

Moving Picture World, 17-February-1917
As Hal Roach was doing with Harold Lloyd's Lonesome Luke comedies, Christie began to move from one-reel to two-reel comedies. 

Moving Picture World, 24-February-1917
Star Billie (listed as Billy in this ad) Rhodes, who was born in San Francisco, left films in 1925.

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