Bad Boy 1925

bad boy

In this two-reeler, Jimmy Jump wants to please both of his parents, but they disagree about everything. His father wants him to act more manly, although Jimmy gets his sensitivity from his mother. He wants to wed his girlfriend, and so accepts a job at his father’s iron foundry, but does not excel there…

Director: Leo McCarey
Writer: H.M. Walker (titles)

Production Co: Hal Roach Studios
Stars: Charley Chase, Martha Sleeper, Evelyn Burns


Innocent Husbands 1925

innocent husbands

Despite his faithfulness, Melvin is always under suspicion by wife Mame. Complications erupt when a woman from a party across the hall passes out in Melvin’s bedroom just before Mame returns.
Director: Leo McCarey

Production Co: Hal Roach Studios
Writer: H.M. Walker (titles)
Stars: Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, Jane Sherman


The Little Pest 1927

the little pest

“The Little Pest” is an enjoyable little silent comedy starring Neely Edwards. In many ways, it’s like a Charley Chase short–and Neely looks a bit like him. The film begins with a newlywed couple getting a visit from her obnoxious family. They ask if they can leave their little boy with them for a while and they agree–not knowing that the child is a pest. Throughout the rest of the day, the boy destroys everything, is very rude and blames it all on his new uncle.

Directors: Jay Belasco, Scott Darling

Production Co: Universal Pictures
Stars: Neely Edwards, Consuelo Dawn, Billy Kent Schaefer

Cheer Up 1924

cheer up

Cliff vies for Virginia’s affections with Eddie, but ultimately she chooses Cliff to be her groom. The newlyweds move in to their new home, but the spurned rival makes a shambles out of the house in retaliation.
Director: Stephen Roberts

Production Co: Fred Hibbard Productions
Stars: Cliff Bowes, Virginia Vance, Eddie Boland

The House with Closed Shutters 1910

the house with closedshutters


During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother’s place in the battle, and is killed. Their mother, not wanting the shameful truth to become known, closes all the shutters (hence the film’s title) and keeps her son’s presence a secret for many years, though two boyhood chums stumble upon the truth…

—Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)

Director: D. W. Griffith
Screenplay: Emmett C. Hall
Production company: Biograph Company
Cinematography: Billy Bitzer

Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Grace Henderson, Dorothy West


The Yokel 1926

snub pollard

Snub comes to town with his pet duck where people think that he has struck oil at home, and so is briefly pursued by the young women, before settling on Thelma Daniels.

Director: James D. Davis (as James Davis)
Stars: ‘Snub’ Pollard, Thelma Daniels, Bob O’Connor

Thundering Fleas 1926

thundering fleas

Professor Clements’ Trained Flea and Insect Circus comes to Greenpoint, and Farina goes to see it with his dog, Magnolia, who becomes the unwanted accomplice in the escape of Garfield,
the Professor’s star. The professor hires the Rascals to find Garfield
who escapes with the rest of the fleas to the wedding of Mary’s
older sister. The fleas are soon all over the house wreaking havoc as
everyone, including a garden statue of a discus thrower, is itching and
jumping and running for relief

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Film series: Our Gang
Screenplay: Hal Roach, H. M. Walker, Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh
Producers: Hal Roach, F. Richard Jones

Stars: Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Joe Cobb