Les Femme Droles: "Britain’s Betty Balfour in *Squibs Wins the Calcutta Sweeps* (1922)"

Because of the physical punishment involved in the earliest film comedies, women’s roles, especially domineering mothers-in-law or hideous prospective brides, were often played by men in drag. Soon there emerged hardy performers, like Sarah Duhamel and Little Chrysias, who weren’t afraid of taking hard knocks for laughs, and the floodgates opened for other female practitioners such as Florence Turner, Alice Howell, and Betty Balfour.

Piano accompaniment by Ben Model (November 23) and Makia Matsumura (November 27). Program Approx. 110 min.

Cunegonde de aime son maitre (Cunegonde in Love with Her Master). 1912. France

She Cried. 1912. USA. Directed by Albert W. Hale

Le singe de Patronille (Patronille’s Monkey). 1913. France

Distilled Love. 1920. USA. Directed by Vin Moore, Dick Smith

Squibs Wins the Calcutta Sweeps. 1922. Great Britain. Directed by George Pearson

  1. Tuesday, November 27, 2018,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, November 23, 2018,
    7:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies Silent Comedy International.