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Maggie
Nice observations!
Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:55am

Oh yes, Harry Langdon... And of course there also were Fatty Arbuckle and the extremely hilarious James Finlayson, even though I only ever saw him as a supporting actor. And the gang of little louts whose names excape me. Hardly any girls that stay in mind though. Or are there, anybody?

You are right about pathos, they always try their best, fail and are unhappy about it. And you are right about LVC charactes with often are balanced, but with a tragic and unhappy or resigned to circumstance theme hidden in the background. It just seems to shine through all the macho demeanour sometimes. I think that is what makes them so very much more human than all the Djangos and whatnots who just left trails of devastation.


  • Nice topic, MaggaDoc, Fri Nov 24 12:02pm
    I agree with DCG about adding Lloyd to the genius category. Another two names that spring to mind are Harry Langdon and Snub Pollard. They were both very popular in their heyday, especially Langdon,... more
    • Insightful as usual, Doc, and also...DCG, Sat Nov 25 10:41am
      ...as per usual, I agree with you virtually 100%. ;) Langdon & Pollard!! Very true, both these guys always fall onto the B-list when people think of "Silent" Movie Stars (esp. Snub Pollard) --- if... more
    • Nice observations! — Maggie, Sat Nov 25 3:55am
      • Correct Maggs.Doc, Sat Nov 25 9:56pm
        The women of silent comedy (1920s) and early talkies (1930s) were extremely talented but overshadowed by the men. Mainly their roles were more dramatic in nature, with such fine actors as Lillian... more
        • Nice overview, Doc...DCG, Sun Nov 26 9:24pm
          ...it's been a few years since I was "into" the Dawn of Film era, so all those you named didn't come trippingly to the tongue for me, as they did for you. ;) Marie Dressler is one I'd add to your... more
      • Giving "Silent" players a voiceDCG, Sat Nov 25 5:03pm
        Almost mentioned Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle in my earlier post, Maggs, so thanks for mentioning him in yours. He was, of course, instrumental in launching Keaton's career, but also worked with Chaplin... more
        • Oh, I just remembered ..Doc, Sat Nov 25 10:38pm
          Not sure if you and Maggs knew that Stan Laurel was actually Charlie Chaplin's understudy. Also worth mentioning, Laurel and Hardy appeared together in a silent short before they eventually teamed... more
          • Nice bits of info!Maggie, Mon Nov 27 3:23am
            I heard that Laurel and Hardy had met on the set of a movie, but I did not know about the Chaplin connection. Hardly surprising, is it? It stull must have been a small world. Yes, the Fatty Arbuckle... more
            • Your last sentence.Doc, Mon Nov 27 6:59am
              I cannot lie ... I got chills when I read it. Genuine goosebumps.
      • Oh, yes!Maggie, Sat Nov 25 4:30am
        ... of course there is Mary Pickford....
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