FilmStruck Friday: Harold Lloyd Shorts

Welcome to this week’s edition of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP, with the exception of the first Friday of the month (which is reserved for “Favorite things about…”), we’ll be taking a look at a film available through the TCM and Criterion Collection streaming service. Today I’m highlighting a pair of Harold Lloyd comedic shorts. Happy viewing! While not necessarily extensive, FilmStruck has … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: Harold Lloyd Shorts

Happily Buried (1939) – for SHORTS!: A tiny blogathon

Musical short films can be many things. Sometimes their stories are light, and sometimes they’re complex, but delivered in concise little packages. Sometimes they’re sweet, and sometimes they’re strange. One thing is certain: they’re virtually always fun to watch. Falling on the “light and strange” side of the spectrum is 1939’s Happily Buried, a musical short all about waffles. The last word of that sentence … Continue reading Happily Buried (1939) – for SHORTS!: A tiny blogathon

The Stolen Jools (1931)

This film was viewed for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. To view more reviews from this project, check out TMP’s Listography page. The Stoolen Jools is a star-studded short, produced for charity. All of the actors involved donated their time to complete the picture, and it was distributed to theaters at no cost. After the show, donations would be collected for a tuberculosis sanatorium — … Continue reading The Stolen Jools (1931)

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Hal Roach’s All-Star Comedians

Welcome to the sixth week of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia journey! This time around we’re taking a look at the big stars who churned out fantastic comedic performances at Hal Roach’s studio, including Stan Laurel and Harold Lloyd. Volume 6 of the Slapstick Encyclopedia once again includes five films. Oranges and Lemons (1923) Directed by: George Jeske Starring: Stan Laurel Run time: 12 minutes This one-reeler … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Hal Roach’s All-Star Comedians

Classics of the Corn, short film edition: New Shoes (1936)

If the phrase “delightfully weird” could be summed up in a single 10-minute clip, the 1936 MGM musical short New Shoes would certainly be it. Technically, the short follows a young man (Arthur Lake) and woman (Jean Chatburn) as they have a meet cute at a shoe shop, go on a date, fall in love and eventually marry. But the young man and woman are … Continue reading Classics of the Corn, short film edition: New Shoes (1936)

20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (Short, 1933)

Yesterday I reviewed the fantastic pre-code crime drama I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932). Included as a special feature on the DVD edition that I own of the film is a musical short titled 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang, which was released in 1933. Running at about twenty minutes in length, 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang is a fun and … Continue reading 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (Short, 1933)