Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 10: The Anarchic Fringe

Today we’re taking a look at the final volume of the Slapstick Encyclopedia! It’s been a long journey, but a very fun one to finish watching this set of over 50 silent comedy gems. Stay tuned next week for one final post wrapping up TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia journey. Until then, let’s enjoy our final six films, themed “The Anarchic Fringe.” Yukon Jake (1924) Directed by: … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 10: The Anarchic Fringe

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 9: The Race is On

Welcome to the ninth installment of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia series! Today we’ll be taking a look at four films centering around the theme “The Race is On.” Though the title of this volume refers to the race between studios to churn out the greatest two-reelers, these four films also all happen to include racing or chasing scenes of some sort. Water Wagons (1925) Directed by: … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 9: The Race is On

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Chaplin and the Music Hall Tradition

Welcome to the eighth installment of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia series! Today we’re finishing up the fourth disc with “Chaplin and the Music Hall Tradition.” A Night in the Show (1915) Directed by: Chaplin Starring: Chaplin Run time: 25 minutes, 31 seconds (originally 30 minutes) This film stars Charlie Chaplin, recreating one of his vaudeville roles – “The Inebriate.” He plays a dual role here as … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Chaplin and the Music Hall Tradition

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Hal Roach – The Lot of Fun

Welcome to this week’s installment of our journey through the Slapstick Encyclopedia! Today’s post covers Volume 7, which appears on the set’s fourth disc and contains four segments. Laurel and Hardy Laughtoons Starring: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Run time: 21 minutes This is a collection of excerpts from Laurel and Hardy’s work at the Hal Roach Studio in the late 1920s. This particular Laughtoon … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Hal Roach – The Lot of Fun

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Funny Girls

Welcome to our fourth excursion into the Slapstick Encyclopedia! As stated in the other posts, there are 10 volumes total in the set, so be sure to check back for the next seven Thursdays as we continue our journey through these marvelous silent shorts and then wrap the whole thing up with a list of favorites. Today’s volume is titled “Funny Girls: Genders and Their … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Funny Girls

Mill Creek Musings: The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)

Jimmy (Edmund O’Brien), Eddie (Johnny Sands), Mike (Steve Brodie) and Ollie (Richard Erdman) are Army vets who live as members of the “52-20 club,” surviving on $20-per-week unemployment benefits afforded them as they re-adjust to civilian life after the war. At the unemployment office one day, the men meet Jean Madison (Wanda Hendrix), an ex-WAVE who is also scrimping by on $20 a week. Jimmy … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

Welcome to the third week of my exploration of the Slapstick Encyclopedia set! Volume 3, appearing on the second disc of the set, is titled “Sennett in the Twenties” and features six shorts produced, as the volume’s title would suggest, at Mack Sennett’s studio in the 1920s. All of these six films were produced mid-decade and released in 1925 or 1926. On to the reviews! … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

Mill Creek Musings: Three Husbands (1950)

Maxwell Bard (Emlyn Williams), an Englishman who had been living in California, has died of a heart attack. Upon arrival in heaven, he’s greeted by an angel and told that he can have one wish granted before he ascends into paradise. Max uses his one wish to spy on some of his old friends. Before he died, Max wrote letters to three men: Arthur Evans … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Three Husbands (1950)

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies

Welcome to this week’s installment of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia series! This time around we’re taking a look at Volume 2: “Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies.” Just as in the previous post, I’ll be providing a brief review of each film showcased in this volume of the set. Before I get going on the mini-reviews, here are some fun facts about Mack Sennett provided in the … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies

Box Set review: The Complete Thin Man Collection

Reviewin’ the box: The Complete Thin Man Collection What’s in the box? This set includes all six of the Thin Man films, plus a plethora of special features and a bonus disc with documentaries about Myrna Loy and William Powell. DISC ONE – The Thin Man (1934), plus a trailer gallery DISC TWO – After the Thin Man (1936), plus a short, a cartoon, a … Continue reading Box Set review: The Complete Thin Man Collection