Monday, February 13, 2017

My Program Would Not Be Complete Without Ham and Bud -- February 13, 2017

Moving Picture World, 24-February-1917

In his wonderful book The Silent Clowns, Walter Kerr suggested that Lloyd Hamilton was one of the great silent comics whose reputation has diminished. This is because many of the solo movies Hamilton made for Educational during the 1920s are lost. Perhaps this is also because he was not able to succeed as a star in feature films.

This ad for his earlier movies with Kalem quotes an exhibitor in Colony Kansas: "We believe the Ham Comedies have more real comedy that is clean and worth any one's time to watch than can be found in looking over a long list of so-called comedies." 

The item below recounts the story of two Ham and Bud films. 

Moving Picture World, 17-February-1917


  1. Hello I am a new person on your log which I love. I was a friend of Joe Rock and have half a dozen of his solo shorts as well. I hope you can help. I am looking for an ad that had a good sized list of Montgomery and Rock comedies. 1 and 2 reelers. It also had a photo still from Jumbles and Jokers. I know it exists as I had seen it on a blog years ago. Any help would be appreciated
    Mac Estelle

  2. Hi MacEstelle. Thank you for writing. I wish I could have met Joe Rock. I'm happy to hear you have some Montgomery and Rock comedies. I know there aren't many left. I will look around for an ad like that and let you know.

  3. Let's see if this works. Motion Picture News, 20-July-1918, page 477.


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