Edward Everett Horton is widely remembered and cherished for his fussy persona in Hollywood sound films like Top Hat (1935) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), but his early career as a silent slapstick comedian is almost entirely unknown. Horton appeared in dozens of silent comedies in the 1920s, culminating in a starring series of two-reelers produced by none other than Harold Lloyd. Preserved by Richard Simonton Jr. and the Library of Congress, Undercrank Productions’ new DVD Edward Everett Horton: 8 Silent Comedies features the entire series. This program, selected and introduced by Steve Massa and Ben Model, showcases some of the best, including the restoration world premiere of Horse Shy. Program approx. 110 min.
Find the King. 1927. USA. Directed by J. A. Howe. New York premiere.
Scrambled Weddings. 1928. USA. Directed by N. T. Barrows. New York premiere.
Horse Shy. 1928. USA. Directed by J. A. Howe. World premiere.
Dad’s Choice. 1928. USA. Directed by J. A. Howe. New York premiere.