Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Cream of Mirth Provokers -- November 12, 2014

Moving Picture News, 14-November-1914
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 promises that their comedies would be without vulgarity.  Hamilton's Ham and Bud comedies, with Bud Dancan were actually very rough and very vulgar. 

Marshall "Mickey" Neilan, who had been an actor, became a director at Kalem.  By the later teens, he was considered an important director. 

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