He-Man Women-Haters, beware! It's time for a special showcase looking at lady stars of early film comedy -- starting as far back as the 1910s! After MABEL NORMAND's breakout success, a whole crop of comediennes would grace the silver screen to moviegoers' cheers. Like their male counterparts, these dashing damsels faced the rigors of physical stunts, split-second timing, and the execution of slapstick gags on a fast-paced comedy assembly line. Women showed that they could go head-to-head with the big boys for laugh supremacy during those early years -- and now you can see for yourself!
Our showcase will shine the spotlight on these funny ladies with six rarely-seen shorts, some not screened publicly in a century. On tap will be a double dose of Universal's Joker Comedies with two of their biggest female leads, LOUISE FAZENDA and GALE HENRY. You'll see the pre-Lucy ditzy redhead ALICE HOWELL; the forgotten ETHEL TEARE in a Fox Sunshine Comedy; and the return of fan favorite WANDA WILEY! A very special "Slapstick Secret Stash" will reveal Hal Roach's female answer to Laurel and Hardy: the highly underrated team of ANITA GARVIN and MARION BYRON. Slapstick was never for men only -- and we're going to prove it! Join us at Standard Toycraft for a nearly two-hour screen presentation, curated by silent comedy historian Nelson Hughes!