Thursday, January 23, 2020

Raymond Griffith 125 -- January 23, 2020
Raymond Griffith was a prominent silent comedian, but he is widely forgotten today because only one and 6/7s of his silent features are readily available.  Hands Up! is a Civil War comedy and Paths to Paradise is a caper film that is missing its last reel.  His career ended with the coming of talkies because he could only speak in a whisper.  He made one last appearance, a tiny role in All Quiet on the Western Front, and then moved to the production end of the business. Raymond Griffith was born 125 years ago today, on 23-January-1895.

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Griffith's trademark was a top hat and evening clothes.  His characters were always cool, calm and collected.

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