Feet of Mud 1924

feet ofMud

As Harry has “cleaned up” on the football field and won the big game, Natalie’s dad figured that he should do the same in the world of work before marrying his daughter. Harry’s chance to prove himself comes with an “engineering” job with the city. But it’s sanitary engineering, and while our street sweeping hero tries his best, he just can’t avoid making enemies. When he stumbles into the midst of a lively Chinatown tong war, it’s Harry’s bravery that saves Natalie and wins the day.

Director: Harry Edwards (uncredited)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Harry Langdon, Florence Lee, Natalie Kingston

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Willful Ambrose 1915

Willful-Ambrose

Marksman Ambrose accidentally shoots a beer stein his wife has bought for him as a gift, so he tries to replace it.
Director: David Kirkland
Writer: Walter Wright (scenario)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Mack Swain, Louise Fazenda, Vivian Edwards

That Ragtime Band 1913

That Ragtime band

Professor Smelts the band leader gets into a romantic rivalry with one of his musicians over the affections of a pretty girl.
Director: Mack Sennett

Produced by Mack Sennett

Stars: Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand, Nick Cogley

Peeping Pete 1913

Peeping pete

The oldest surviving film appearance of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Peeping Pete was released as a split reel along with the comedy, “A Bandit”.

This early Keystone has Pete spying on his neighbor’s wife through one of those little knotholes in a fence. The neighbor (Sterling) notices and chases him all over town with sheriff and family close behind. Fatty Arbuckle plays the peeper’s wife(!).

Director: Mack Sennett
Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios

Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling

The Prodigal Bridegroom 1926

A prodigal Bridegroom

Ben returns from the big city with his pockets full of cash. A hard-hearted, gold-digging vamp ensnares him. Ben enjoys being ensnared. In order to get rid of his faithful sweetheart, he schemes up a preposterous tale.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Earle Rodney
Producer: Mack Sennett
Screenplay: Reed Heustis, Al Giebler
Story by: Harry McCoy, Randall Faye, James Gruen, Jefferson Moffitt

Stars: Ben Turpin, Madeline Hurlock, Andy Clyde

 

Ten Dollars or Ten Days 1924

Ten dollars or ten days

Director: Del Lord
Writer: John A. Waldron (titles)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Ben Turpin, Harry Gribbon, Irene

 

On Patrol 1922

on patrol

When Kalla Pasha persuades Billy Bevan to handcuff himself so Kalla can steal the contents of the safe, Billy finds himself on patrol, where an escaping prisoner steals his uniform and stuffs Billy into his own striped prison garb. After that, things get very silly in this high-speed Sennett comedy.

The indefatigable David Glass has done a “reconstruction” of this comedy — whatever that may mean — and posted the 10-minute result to Youtube. His sources may include the 1940s short “Happy Times and Jolly Moments”, but no matter whence this came, it’s a highly enjoyable end result. Bevan was at this point Sennett’s leading utility comic; he also had a fine career after the silent era as a supporting player. This one is definitely worth the six hundred seconds it will take to watch….by boblipton (New York City)

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Producer: Mack Sennett
Editor: Allen McNeil
Cinematography: Slim Padgett, J.R. Lockwood

Stars: Billy Bevan, Mildred June, James Donnelly