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The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Documentary | March 1958 (USA)
A compilation of scenes featuring some of the best-known comics from the silent era in their best films.

Director:

Robert Youngson
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Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan (archive footage) (as Laurel)
Ward Wilson Ward Wilson ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie (archive footage) (as Hardy)
Will Rogers ... (archive footage)
Carole Lombard ... (archive footage)
Jean Harlow ... (archive footage)
Ben Turpin ... Rodney St. Clair (archive footage)
Harry Langdon ... (archive footage)
Charley Chase ... (archive footage) (as Charlie Chase)
Billy Bevan ... (archive footage)
Andy Clyde ... Andy (archive footage)
Harry Gribbon ... (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman at car fight (archive footage)
Madalynne Field Madalynne Field ... Fat Girl Track Competitor (archive footage)
Thelma Hill ... Brunette Girlfriend (archive footage)
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A compilation of scenes featuring some of the best-known comics from the silent era in their best films.

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The Motion Picture That Brings Lughter Back To The Screen! (original print ad) See more »


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Language:

English

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March 1958 (USA) See more »

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The First Kings of Comedy See more »

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Narrator: Go on, urges the debonair Hardy, be bohemian!
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Edited from Two Tars (1928) See more »

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what's there is really good,...what ISN'T there is amazing!
26 April 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was a lot of fun to watch--with some wonderful clips of Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chase and others. What a lot of fun stuff! However, there is a BIG, BIG problem with the film. Nowhere in it do you see clips of Chaplin, Keaton or Lloyd--the three biggest film comedians of the 1920s. This is akin to a documentary about the 1960s without mentioning Vietnam or The Beatles! It's obvious that Robert Youngson just didn't have access to these other clips or he simply slapped them together without considering this. In his next film, WHEN COMEDY WAS KING, you DO get to see clips of Chaplin and Keaton--but, unbelievably, there is no Harold Lloyd! Well, if you JUST watch the film for its entertainment value, it's great. If you watch it for a historical overview, it is sadly incomplete and gives a false impression of the era.


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