Silent Sunday: Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

Max Linder returns home drunk after his bachelor party. The next morning, he is awakened by a loud noise. His valet John, while chasing his pretty maid, has broken his mirror. John claims Mary, the maid, dropped a napkin. By the time Max drags himself out of bed, Mary has cleared away the broken glass... Continue Reading →

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Influences: Joe Archibald

Joe Archibald (1898-1986) is remembered for his heroic sports stories and daredevil fighter pilot stories, but he wrote in other genres as well.  One of the most prolific of the pulp writers, Archibald was a pragmatist. He knew if he could conquer multiple genres, he could find his name as a regular contributor to many... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: One Week (1920)

The story involves two newlyweds, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week". A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement". The end result is depicted in the picture. As if this... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: Tango Tangles (1914)

Mack Sennett arranged for Keystone's most important comedians to improvise a film set in a dance hall to capitalize on the names of his actors and America's tango dance craze.  Charles Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Ford Sterling, and Chester Conklin were let loose on the unsuspecting extras to uproarious results. Not only does the film feature... Continue Reading →

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