Issue 14 of THE LOST LAUGH is now available to download!
The newest issue features a focus on some of the ‘light comedies’ of the 1920s. The cover star is Marie Prevost, who is usually remembered chiefly as a terrible cautionary tale of the tragedy that can befall a forgotten star. It’s unfortunate that this has overshadowed her tremendous skill as a comic performer in both Sennett slapstick and more sophisticated farces. In issue 14, we put the spotlight back on her overlooked comedy talent.
The ‘light comedies’ of Johnny Hines, Reginald Denny and Doug MacLean also feature, and did you know that great dramatic actor George Arliss made some lightly comic feature films? . It’s a thrill to be able to publish a guest article by Mr Arliss’ biographer Robert M Fells, focussing on this forgotten aspect of his career.
Other articles include a Q & A with David Crump, author of a fantastic new biography of Fred Karno. You’ll also find articles on Harold Lloyd‘s UK visit in 1932, the surreal and postmodern Masquers Club Comedies and forgotten silent comedian Al Alt. Plus the usual news and reviews!
I hope you enjoy the new issue.
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Here’s the link to the YouTube playlist featuring films in the issue: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcZZpcxMmcPAA7MrQf3suaiJC6Ean_hLt
*Errata: In the review of the new Charley Chase DVD, I somehow got the number of films included wrong. D’oh! There are actually 21 shorts, not 15. So, now you’ve got even more reason to buy it!
The Lost Laugh magazine is totally free. However if, you do enjoy reading the issues and would like to make a donation to support site running costs, then these would be gratefully received! If you would like to donate, you can buy me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Thanks a lot!
Thank you for the kind words in the review of our third volume of Charley Chase Roach talkie shorts, but there is a correction needed. Either you’re missing a disc or just miscounted, but there are twenty-one shorts on the set, not fifteen.
RICHARD M ROBERTS
Sorry about that – I’m not sure how that mistake crept in! I’ve added a correction for now and will change it in the pdf when I’m next at my laptop.