Monday, April 23, 2018

The Funniest Ever Released -- April 23, 2018

Moving Picture World, 06-A;pril-1918
Billy West closely imitated Charlie Chaplin in a long series of comedies for different studios. While Chaplin was making the excellent Mutual comedies, West was making imitations of Chaplin's Essanay comedies. When Chaplin moved on to First National distribution, Billy West was still making comedies for King-Bee. King-Bee created some interesting ads.

Moving Picture World, 06-A;pril-1918
Billy West appeared with Oliver Hardy and Ethel Burton in "The Soldier," directed by Arvid E Gillstrom.

Moving Picture World, 06-A;pril-1918
Charles Parrott became Billy West's new director.  When Parrott became a movie comedian, he took the name Charley Chase.

Moving Picture World, 06-A;pril-1918
King-Bee claimed that Billy West comedies were playing in 80 per cent of theaters in the New York/New Jersey area.

Moving Picture World, 06-A;pril-1918
King-Bee's planned feature film was indefinitely delayed.

Moving Picture World, 13-A;pril-1918
King-Bee celebrated its first anniversary.

Moving Picture World, 20-A;pril-1918
New director Charles Parrott was to host the first anniversary celebration.

Moving Picture World, 27-A;pril-1918
A photo of Charles Parrott.

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