Monday, March 9, 2009

Mack Sennet vs. Sound

The coming of sound was the death knell for slapstick master Mack Sennet. You may not know the name, but you sure know who started their film careers at the Sennet Studios. Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Fatty Arbuckle, Bing Crosby and W.C. Fields to name but a few. His frantic style of fast paced gags did not make the transition when his comedians had to talk! With the exception of a very few delights, the sound sennet output was a disappointment. Here is an un-usual stock poster for the Harry Langdon silent short ALL NIGHT LONG (1924). It seems that in order to draw the audience in to the theatre, the poster company went with the Art Deco Babe look. No sign of Harry, just high stepping Flappers.

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