The Misfit 1924

the misfit

THE MISFIT – starring Clyde Cook, with Blanche Payson and Joe Roberts. A rarely-seen silent comedy short. Henpecked hubby Clyde carries groceries and paints floors for his wife, escaping at last…by joining the U.S. Marines. The basic training sequence was shot at the Buster Keaton studios; this may be “Big” Joe Roberts’ final screen role.

Directed by Albert Austin, Clyde Cook
Produced by Lou Anger Productions
Scenario by Albert Austin, Clyde Cook
Starring Clyde Cook, Joe Roberts, Blanche Payson



The Plumber 1914

This Keystone from the end of 1914, involving the usual suspects running around some plumbing issues, will not hold many surprises for those familiar with Keystone in this period, or, indeed, with the works of the Three Stooges, who often played inept plumbers. It is, nonetheless, very nicely performed, especially by Charles Murray, who mugs it up freely and ineptly, as well as the pretty girl who plays the house’s maid.

Although this will likely not make any new fans for Keystone or Mr. Murray, for those who are pleased by the field, it will, I feel confident, prove to be a superior effort as it takes potshots at all the classes. If you don’t know much beyond Chaplin from this period, take a look  …by bob lipton (New York City)

Director: Dell Henderson

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Charles Murray, Josef Swickard, Billie Brockwell, Al St. John

A Hash House Fraud 1915 – Keystone Cops

a hash house fraud

A swindle in a tiny downtown restaurant leads to a classic Keystone Kops finale. One and all have an easy time with the pretty and flirtatious cashier.
Director: Charley Chase (as Charles Parrot)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Hugh Fay, Louise Fazenda, Fritz Schade

Max makes a touch 1910


Max and Mick, two brothers, have prepared for a merry spree and are actually stepping into their cab when it occurs to them they are penniless. Lots are drawn to see who shall beard stern father and make the necessary touch. The choice falls on Max who is far from successful in his mission, and he communicates the bad news to his brother Mick, who after thinking announces that he has an idea. One disguises as a thief and the other as a policeman. The thief holds up his parents as they leave the house, but the constable puts him to flight and receives a handsome reward. Their parents out of sight they discard their disguises, divide the reward and proceed out to enjoy themselves.
– Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Writer: Max Linder
Star: Max Linder


Max Linder’s Debut As a Cinematograph Artist 1910

Les Debuts au Max

Original title Les débuts de Max au Cinéma

Max Linder’s behavior when he applied for a job as a Pathé Frères moving picture actor, was such a good joke on him that it was decided to make a film of the event, and accordingly. Max was called upon to play the lead. He was serious for once in his life, when he offered his services, and to see Max serious is really amusing. The first film for which he posed was ‘”Mr. Henpeck,” and the rough deal he received, caused Max to forget that he was acting, and he turned suddenly upon one of his co-workers, whose duty it was to abuse him, and a rough and tumble fight ensued. The belligerents could not be parted until a stream of water was turned on them, and as soon as he could speak through anger and water, Max resigned, but reconsidered his decision later on, as his many admirers well know.
– Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Directors: Louis J. Gasnier, Max Linder
Stars: Max Linder, Georges Monca, Lucien Nonguet



His Musical Career 1914


His Musical Career is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin. Wikipedia
Initial release: November 7, 1914
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Producer: Mack Sennett
Cinematography: Frank D. Williams
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Fritz Schade

Gentlemen of Nerve 1914

gentlemen of nerve

Gentlemen of Nerve is a 1914 American comedy silent film directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Mabel Normand, and produced by Mack Sennett for Keystone Studios. Wikipedia
Initial release: October 29, 1914
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Production company: Keystone Studios
Producer: Mack Sennett

Stars:  Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Mabel Normand