Music Hall impresario Fred Karno had his own “fun factory,” where he discovered and trained a generation of British stage comedy performers. Many of these “plonks” went on to make their marks on world cinema. Featured in the stage-to-screen line-up are Max Linder, Charlie Chaplin, Billie Ritchie, and Stan Laurel.
Piano accompaniment by Ben Model (November 25) and Bernie Anderson (November 30). Program Approx. 90 min.
Au music-hall (At the Music Hall). 1907. France
Making a Living. 1914. USA. Directed by Henry Lehrman
Silk Hose and High Pressure. 1915. USA. Directed by Henry Lehrman
The Rink. 1917. USA. Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Smithy. 1924. USA. Directed by George Jeske