Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Misc., Various and Etc.

Have this still on my office wall at work.  When people look at it I tell them it is of Ben Turpin and Leo White.  Then someone will note that Chaplin is in the photo, my response is, "Oh, he is!"

A Clyde Cook Fox short with Edgar Kennedy... haven't ever looked up the title.

Glenn Tryon in LONG PANTS (1926). 
This Hal Roach comedy came out a year before the Harry Langdon film of the same name.

Fatty, Mabel and Al.  Does it get much better?

A fun ad highlighting Christie Comedies.

.... and if I cannot bring a little Sunshine into your otherwise humdrum existence I would be failing at my job.

Friday, December 25, 2009


To celebrate the holidays, with the hope of a Slapsticon in our future... and as a bit of a Christmas present to my buddy Richard Roberts I give to you HAM FOR CHRISTMAS:

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Any clue what movie(s) these stills are from?:

Monday, December 21, 2009

The End of "Heinie and Louie"

I know, I know. One of those nagging questions that keeps you awake at night, makes it impossible for you to have a steady relationship with the opposite sex, makes holding down a job near impossible: "What ever happened to HEINIE & LOUIE?"

In 1915, Jimmy Aubrey as Heinie and Walter Kendig as Louie made about 59 Starlight Comedies for the Mittenthal Company. Released through the Pathe Exchange the company used studios located in Yonkers, New York. These comedies were Jimmy Aubrey's first film work having come out of the English Music Halls (with Fred Karno's troupe, no less). Walter Kendig did some film work in 1914 primarily in support of Bobby Burns and Walter Stull in some of their first Pokes & Jabs comedies. By all accounts these Heinie & Louie comedies were popular and only tragedy ended the series.

Looking through THE NEW YORK CLIPPER I came across the following article in the October 30, 1915 issue:

Walter Kendig passed away at the age of 25 and it truly was "a sad and abrupt termination of a promising career." It also pretty much brought an end to the Mittenthal Company. The company only made a few comedies other than the Heinie & Louie shorts and once the backlog of finished Aubrey & Kendig product was released the company seems to have disappeared. One of the non-Heinie & Louie shorts that Mittenthal produced featured Babe Hardy in FATTY's FATAL FUN, ironically released on October 23 right around the same time as Kendig's accident.

Jimmy Aubrey would soon find work over at Vitagraph working in support of Hughie Mack and Larry Semon. Eventually Aubrey would get his own series at Vitagraph. So now go bed, go out on a date (not necessarily in that order), and check the want ads.... your nagging question has been answered.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Classic comedy lobby cards

Here are a few lobby cards that I have acquired over the last couple of years. I am a bottom feeder on E-bay. I can't afford the going prices for most lobby cards, so it is nice to grab something for under $20 dollars, which is what I paid for each of these. I am most proud of my "worth a heck lot more than I paid for it" Montgomery & Rock card. Enjoy:

Next post I'll put on my Alice Howell and a couple of Al St. John cards. My Laurel or Hardy lobby cards are on my other blog: www.laurelorhardy.blogspot.com.