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Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)



by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times



Last Build Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:43:49 +0000

 



The Surviving Sherlock Jr. Bungalowjohnbengtson

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:13:39 +0000

A bungalow that appears in Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924), and in his early short film Convict 13 (1920), is still standing today at 4908 McKinley Avenue, when it was moved 11 miles away from Buster’s studio in 1926, the … Continue reading


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Chaplin’s The Great Dictator – Author Presentation at the Alexjohnbengtson

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:33:03 +0000

Charlie Chaplin’s brilliant and courageous challenge to tyranny, The Great Dictator (1940), remains sharply relevant today. I will be introducing this classic film at the beautiful Alex Theater in Glendale on Thursday, April 19, 2018, and signing copies of my … Continue reading


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From Roach’s to Roaches – Stan & Ollie Meet Starsky & Hutchjohnbengtson

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 03:02:05 +0000

Guest blogger Jim Dallape, creator with Robert Winslow of the remarkable Hal Roach Studios Backlot Tour, reports how TV’s Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angles filmed in the same places as Laurel & Hardy and other Roach stars. Take it … Continue reading


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Restoration Premiere of Soft Shoes – Crossing Paths with Chaplin, Laurel, and Lloydjohnbengtson

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:19:51 +0000

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018 schedule has just been announced! One highlight is the Thursday, May 31 world premiere restoration of Universal’s 1925 Harry Carey action/drama Soft Shoes, in which Carey (right) seeks to rescue a young woman … Continue reading


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The Surviving Keaton Studio Neighborsjohnbengtson

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:41:13 +0000

Buster Keaton unwittingly documented the urbanization of the once agricultural Colegrove region of Hollywood in the background of his films. As reported in my book Silent Echoes, the quaint Cahuenga Valley Lemon Growers Exchange warehouse once stood across the street … Continue reading


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The Surviving Chaplin “The Circus” Treejohnbengtson

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:03:51 +0000

Paul Ayers, attorney, SoCal historian, and Altadena hiking trail expert and restorer, has shared many remarkable location discoveries over the years, including the finale from Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (1928). Stemming from Paul’s discoveries, we now know a tree that … Continue reading


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Charley Chase “Fast Work” Around Hollywoodjohnbengtson

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:58:12 +0000

Comedy fans are cheering the sparkling DVD release of 18 early Charley Chase talkie comedy shorts. Featuring Charley in top form, beautiful prints, and insightful bonus commentary, Charley Chase: At Hal Roach: The Talkies Volume One 1930-31, is simply fantastic. … Continue reading


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The “Never Give A Sucker An Even Break” Car Chase – Part 2johnbengtson

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:37:54 +0000

Universal’s 1941 production Never Give A Sucker An Even Break features W.C. Fields in his final starring role. The film ends with a Keystone Kops-style car chase when Fields frantically drives a matron to the maternity hospital, mistaking her to … Continue reading


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The “Never Give A Sucker An Even Break” Car Chase – Part 1johnbengtson

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:06:16 +0000

Universal’s 1941 production Never Give A Sucker An Even Break features W.C. Fields in his final starring role. Directed by Edward Cline (Buster Keaton’s early co-writer/director) the movie ends with a frantic Keystone Kops-style car chase around the produce/warehouse district … Continue reading


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Farewell – a sudden lost Our Gang landmarkjohnbengtson

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 03:30:41 +0000

During the Our Gang comedy Bouncing Babies (1929), Wheezer seeks to return his annoying baby brother to the hospital, unaware that the bundle snuggled in the crib is only a doll. In order to cross a busy intersection, Wheezer throws … Continue reading


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