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

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

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John

Welcome to week five of our journey into the world of silent slapstick comedies! This week we’re taking a look at Volume 5 of the Slapstick Encyclopedia set, which focuses on the work of Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle and Al St. John through a selection of five shorts. Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) Directed by:… Read More Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John

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… Read More Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

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

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 1: In the Beginning

A Note from Lindsey: Today begins TMP’s 11-part series on the Slapstick Encyclopedia DVD set! This series will run every Thursday for the next 11 weeks. Slapstick Encyclopedia is a unique little DVD collection. Containing films with release years ranging from 1909 to the late 1920s, it was curated and produced by film historians David… Read More Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 1: In the Beginning