For producers of comedy, performers of the English music hall tradition proved to be veritable storehouses of gags, who were also extremely adept at adapting time-honored sketches and routines to film. Since Brits like Jimmy Aubrey, Lupino Lane, and Stan Laurel were already performing on American stages, it was just a short jump to Hollywood, with its lure of money and fame. Some, like Walter Forde, came to the U.S. but returned to England.
Piano accompaniment by Ben Model (November 24) and Shari Cummings (December 2). Program Approx. 110 min.
Worries and Wobbles. 1917. USA. Directed by Larry Semon
Duck Soup. 1927. USA. Directed by Fred Guiol
Joyland. 1929. USA. Directed by Henry W. George
Wait and See. 1928. Great Britain. Directed by Walter Forde