Program 2: The Surreal Life—Dallying With the Absurd
Musical accompaniment by Ben Model
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1916. Directed by Billy Dunn. An Eagle Film Company/Tweedledum Comedies production. With Manuel Fernandez Perez (aka Marcel Fabre), Babette Fabre (aka Nilde Barrachi). When Tweedledum’s girl is kidnapped by bad men, he springs into action. 11 min.
A Schoolhouse Scandal
1919. Directed by Eddie Cline. A Fox Film Corp./Sunshine Comedies production. With Slim Summerville, Ethel Teare, Tom Kennedy, Polly Moran, Harry Booker, Jack Cooper, James Donnelly, Francis Carpenter. A surrealistic stew of airplanes, tornadoes, trick mirrors, and underwater car repair. Footage was recycled for the studios’ 1920 release Hold Me Tight. 15 min.
Kiss Me Quick (aka Don’t Tickle)
1920. Directed by John G. Blystone. A Fox Sunshine Comedy production. With Clyde Cook, Blanche Payson, Bobby Dunn, Frank Alexander. Clyde gets in hot water with his Amazon wife and her tough sailor brother, culminating in a wrestling match and escape by airplane. 17 min.
1922. Directed by Al St. John. A Fox Film Corp/Al St. John Comedies production. With St. John, Otto Fries, Ford West, Sy Jenks, Tiny Ward. A newly married couple find that their seaside home is too close to the water in this remake of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s Keystone short Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916). The surrealistic undersea and rapid-growth visual effects were greeted as a refinement of the slapstick form. Scholar Steve Massa believes this may be the first film Arbuckle directed anonymously after his infamous sex scandal. 20 min.
1926. Directed by Charles Bowers, Harold L. Muller. An R. C. Pictures Corp./Whirlwind Comedies production. With Bowers, Winifred Leighton. An inventor of unbreakable eggs hatches himself a brood of infant Model-T automobiles. 19 min.
Program approx. 72 min.
In the Film exhibition Cruel and Unusual Comedy Reprised
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