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Slapstick in the Roaring 20s

The 1920s was a rollicking time: Prohibition, the Jazz Age, the flapper, Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic and, of course, the prime age of silent films. Worldwide popularity of the American comedy film short was so significant at this time that some theaters would bill comedy shorts above the feature film playing on a particular evening. We will be praising and celebrating the golden age of silent comedies just the same at our March 14th 2015 screening of rarities, many not seen by general audiences in over three quarters of a century.

At “Slapstick in the Roaring 20s,” come celebrate the rare comedy films of Educational Film Exchange’s Lige Conley and Cliff Bowes…the rare Sunday comic-to-silver-screen adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's “Toots and Casper” with neglected sexy screen star, Thelma Hill, as well as the Stern Brothers’ version of Richard F. Outcault's popular comic strip, “Buster Brown” featuring little Arthur Trimble and Pete the Pup. Also included on bill will be a Mack Sennett classic with Andy Clyde and Billy Bevan. Returning to the lineup in our series will be forgotten screen clown, Eddie Lyons.

The evening’s nearly two-hour screen presentation, curated by silent comedy historian Nelson Hughes, will feature seven silent rare comedy shorts from the film collections of Looser Than Loose Publishing, Streamline Films, and The Tommy José Stathes Collection. Our latest installment of the "Slapstick Secret Stash" will feature a rare gem from the Hal Roach Studios and other rare surprises. So, take a trip back in time to when comedy was king…and invite your friends to Slapstick in the Roaring 20s at the beautiful Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! 

Program subject to change.
Refreshments will be available from Standard ToyKraft.

Tix $10 each
Doors at 7:30pm. Arrive on time for good seats!

Earlier Event: March 7
Later Event: March 27
Puppets and Pasties