"Slapstick Divas" Comedy Shorts Program 2017
Author Steve Massa's recently published "Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy" pays tribute to the many accomplished screen comediennes of the silent era, from the underrated to the unjustly forgotten.
Screening in 35mm
HOW STARS ARE MADE (1916)
Alice Howell (a.k.a. "The Scream of the Screen") is a poor working girl who decides to break into the movies. Detailed are her attempts to get through the front gate, and there is real behind-the-scenes footage of the L-Ko Comedy Studio and an LA floral parade. DIR John G. Blystone. U.S., 1916, b&w, 20 min. NOT RATED
HER ANNIVERSARIES (1917)
"Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew" (real-life husband and wife Sidney Drew and Lucille McVey) were the writers, producers, directors and stars of a series of domestic comedies for Vitagraph and Metro. In HER ANNIVERSARIES, the "Mrs." drives the "Mr." crazy with her numerous commemorative events. DIR/SCR Sidney Drew, Mrs. Sidney Drew. U.S., 1917, b&w, 10 min. NOT RATED
ROWDY ANN (1919)
Fay Tincher plays a wild Western cowgirl who's sent to an Eastern girls' school "for to larn to be a lady." Rules and noses soon get broken. DIR/PROD Al Christie. U.S., 1919, b&w, 21 min. NOT RATED
HER FIRST FLAME (1920)
In the far-flung future of 1950, women have supplanted men's role in society, in everything from manual labor to romantic etiquette. Newly elected fire chief Gale Henry has her passion enflamed by sweetheart Milburn Morante. DIR Bruno C. Becker. U.S., 1920, b&w, 20 min. NOT RATED
A THRILLING ROMANCE (1926)
Struggling writer Wanda Wiley gets caught up in a jewel heist, a thrilling car chase and a cliffside climax. All in a day's work! DIR Jess Robbins; SCR T. Page Wright; PROD Abe Stern, Julius Stern. U.S., 1926, b&w, 20 min. NOT RATED
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