Early Essanay Shorts
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Genre: Silents

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Early Essanay Shorts
   DVD 
Genre: Silents

Originally located in Chicago, Essanay Studios (named for founders Spoor and Anderson) was one of the top producers of silent shorts in the 1910s. This collection includes western star "Bronco Billy" Anderson in "Bronco Billy And The Schoolmistress" (1912) and "Bronco Billy's Sentence" (1915); the rural comedy "Teaching Hickville To Sing" (1913); "Mabel's Busy Day" (1914) with Mabel Normand; Wallace Beery in drag as a Swedish maid in "Sweedie Learns To Swim" (1914); and Charlie Chaplin in "His Regeneration" (1915). Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score. Plays All Regions.

Item #: D19584
 

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Forgotten Funnymen: Marital Mix-Ups
   DVD 
Genre: Silents

Silent comedy stars Charley Chase and Glenn Tryon mine big laughs out of marriage-themed stories in these four vintage shorts. For newlyweds Tryon and Blanche Mehaffey, the honeymoon might be over when it's time for his boss to "Meet This Missus" (1924); Tryon plays an author promoting a childcare book only to find himself an instant father, in "Hold My Baby!" (1925); Chase calls off "His Wooden Wedding" (1925) upon hearing the bride-to-be has an artificial limb; and Chase has difficulty proving he's one of many "Innocent Husbands" (1925) wrongly accused of cheating. 70 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score. Plays All Regions.

Item #: D37236
 

Sennett Classics, Vol. 3
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Genre: Silents

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Sennett Classics, Vol. 3
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Genre: Silents

Four more Mack Sennett silent comedy classics are here to tickle your funny bone! None other than Charles Chaplin stars in and directs "Dough and Dynamite" (1914), where a baker's apprentice gets flirtatious when he takes over the shop; an infidelity leads to "Ambrose's Fury" (1915) in this beachside farce starring Mack Swain and Louise Fazenda; Chester Conklin gets mixed up in international intrigue, in "Cannon Ball" (1915); and a shotgun wedding interferes with a womanizer's plans, in "The Pride of Pikeville" (1927), starring Ben Turpin. 81 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score. Plays All Regions.

Item #: D37272
 

The Lure Of The Circus  (1918)
   DVD 
Genre: Silents

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The Lure Of The Circus
   DVD   (1918)
Genre: Silents

Culled from rare surviving footage of the lost serial of the same name, this thrilling silent adventure stars trapeze artist-turned-screen daredevil Eddie Polo as the owner of a traveling circus who makes sure "the show must go on," even as he battles some crooks out to steal oil-rich property belonging to his family. With Ellen Sedgwick, Harry Carter. 61 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score; bonus short "The Hollywood Kid" (1924). Silent with music score. Plays All Regions.

Item #: D20533
 
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