Monday, June 7, 2010

Rare Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle films shown in Los Angeles June 9, 2010

This Wednesday, June 9th at 8pm, I'll be introducing some rare 1914 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle Keystone comedies from the Library of Congress, ZIP THE DODGER and an excerpt from FATTY'S WINE PARTY, along with MABEL'S WILFUL WAY and another Arbuckle Keystone TBA at the Cinefamily (at the legendary Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax). The shorts will be shown before the rare Marion Davies feature THE CARDBOARD LOVER (also from LOC), which will be introduced by Hugh Munro Neely. This is a very rare opportunity to see these LOC-preserved films shown in Southern California.

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  1. Speaking of "rare" films, I would like to know if any of the documentaries Mack produced are extant. Unfortunately one DVD collection that I would like to see but doubt I ever will is MS's Smith or Taxi series. So far only one "Smith" film has surfaced on Youtube: Smith's Landlord(1926). Thought one of the Sennett Sherlock Holmes parodies would have surfaced this last year, but alas. Have you ever come across the origins of Hollywood Cavalcade. Did Sennett himself give Zanuck the idea? Anyway, Mack's speech in the movie was 1st rate. Does anybody care that many sources(including MS's autobiography, where it probably originated)list Sennett as an actor in Man's Genesis(1911). I have the 8mm complete film, & the credits are given on screen without Sennett's name. There were very few characters in the film & the only way he could have been in it would have been as an extra in long shot dressed as a caveman. I don't think so! I know "the King of Comedy" influenced just about every comedy director in some way, but it is interesting to see a tangible influence, such as the oyster scene in Wandering Willies(1926) used in Abbott & Costello's Here Come the Co-Eds(1945) or the car running over the fire hydrant scene in Wife and Auto Trouble(1916) used in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World(1963).