The Human Fly 1902

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An energetic Russian Cossack dancer who knows how to impress his audience with his extraordinary set of moves has a trick up his sleeve designed to capture applause.
Director: Georges Méliès

Production company : Star Film Company
Star: Georges Méliès

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

The False Max Linder (Un idiot qui se croit Max Linder), 1914

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Comica/Pathe production, written and directed by Romeo Bosetti. Starring Jules Vial, Romeo Bosetti.

“A somewhat original comic trifle, dealing with the endeavours of an imitation Max Linder to win fame by the methods of the great original. Needless to say, he is a very inferior imitation and, his spuriousness having been discovered, he suffers badly at the hands of those he has attempted to deceive.” (The Bioscope, Oct. 15, 1914)

 

 

Note: Although the film was made by Romeo Bosetti as part of the “Gaetan”-series, and Linder features only in an excerpt from one of his films; due to the title, it was regarded as being a part of the Max Linder filmography, right from the first release.
An interesting side note: Jules Vial was not the only impostor seen in this film. The publicity photos, used in the film, showed neither Max Linder nor Jules Vial, but the actor Andre Sechan. He was about to start a career as a Max “double” at the time of this film.

 

Max’s elopement 1914

 

Max's elopment

Pathe comedy, written and directed by Max Linder.

Cast: Max Linder, Lilian Greuze, Louis Baron

Released in the UK on Dec. 31, 1914.

 

An amusing farcical comedy, played with infinite verve by the always delightful Max and other capable humourists. The story does not possess a great deal of plot, and what there is of the latter is not particularly original, but the action is fast and full of genuinely amusing situations. Quite an entertaining production. (The Bioscope, Dec. 17, 1914)

Max in a taxi 1917

Max In a taxi

Max Linder in his first Los Angeles made comedy “Max in a Taxi” (L.A. Times-Ad., Apr.29, 1917).
Cast: Max Linder, Marthe Mansfield, Mathilde Comont
Production company: Essanay; Released: April 23, 1917

We see Max, who has wasted his substance, turned out of house and home. His dress suit proves to be an armor against hunger. Like a true knight, he finds a dragon. It’s the butler at the door of a fashionable house where there is a party, but he wins his way in to the princess, and, what is better, a table set with cake. The princess likes him and when next day, after spending his only two cents to find a “help wanted” ad, he gets a Job as chauffeur of a taxi he can’t drive. The instructor leaves him in it and the princess and her aunt come along. They ask him to take them, of course. There is more funny antics, but the aunt (she’s a good scout) is able to drive and Max rides behind with the princess. They stop in front of her house and leave Max, who can’t get away. There is plenty of fun left for next morning, when they find Max still there. Hanford C. Judson. (Moving Picture World, May 5, 1917)

Note: Re-translated into English from the sole surviving print with French intertitles.

 

Run time 19 minutes 57 seconds

Max and the Donkey (L’ane jaloux), 1912

Max and the donkey

Pathe comedy, written and directed by Max Linder.
Cast: Max Linder, Joe Dawson and Paulette Lorsy
Premiered in Vienna on May 3, 1912, released in France on July 5, 1912

“Joe[,] is represented as being engaged to a pretty girl, who is accustomed to take a ride on her donkey every day. Max writes to the girl for an appointment. Joe decides to teach Max a lesson, and one morning plays the part of the donkey. His fiancée rides on his back when she goes to meet Max. The donkey constantly edges his head in, and pushes Max off the park seat. Having frightened his unfortunate victim into taking to his heels, he gives chase very realistically. He tracks Max to the roof of a pile of flats, is induced to jump into space after him, and pommels his body when he comes upon him in the street. Max is now quite readily made to incite and sign a quaintly worded statement, to the effect that he will never make love to the donkey’s mistress again.” (The Bioscope, May 16, 1912)

Note: Apparently the film only survives without titles. A French version currently available, “made up” some intertitles, which make very little sense and disregard the plot, given in the Pathe catalog and in Trade papers of the time (e.g. The Bioscope). For this upload, German intertitles, which survive on a censorship card (No.:17588; Berlin, April 27, 1912) are the basis for the English translation.

Twenty Minutes of Love 1914

Twenty minutes of love

Twenty Minutes of Love is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios. The film is widely reported as Charlie Chaplin’s directorial debut; some sources name Joseph Maddern as the director, … Wikipedia

Storyline

Charlie is amidst a number of loving couples in the park. He parodies one couple by embracing a tree. A girl asks her beau for a love token. The beau steals a pocket watch from a sleeping man, Charlie gets it away from him and gives it to the girl. He later gets it back and tries to sell it to his original owner who calls a policeman. Many park visitors wind up getting tossed into the lake. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>
Initial release: April 20, 1914
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Producer: Mack Sennett
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Music composed by: Robert Israel

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Minta Durfee, Edgar Kennedy