The Lost Laugh magazine

More on the great comedians featured here can be found in The Lost Laugh e-zine. As well as exclusive, in-depth articles, you’ll also find DVD reviews, guest contributions from comedy film historians, rare images and reproduced archive news items all included.

Formerly known as ‘Movie Night’, I began the magazine in 2011. I think it’s got better as it’s gone on – hopefully readers agree! Along the way, it has met with very positive feedback.

Roughly 1-2 issues are produced a year, and are sent by email, as a PDF. Best of all, it is totally free! To subscribe, simply send an email stating your interest to movienightmag [AT]

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Back issues are available to download below.


What’s been in previous issues? (right-click and ‘save target as’ to download PDF)

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Buster Keaton’s sound films. Hal Roach’s ‘Taxi Boys’ series. A Harry Langdon mystery…

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A biography of Lupino Lane, part 1. Harry Langdon’s sound films for Hal Roach.

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Charley Chase – his missing masterpieces. A biography of Lupino Lane, part 2. Buster Keaton’s lost French classic.

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The weird and wonderful world of Charley Bowers. Silent comedienne Alice Howell. The missing British classic ‘The Ghost Train’.

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Hal Roach’s silent comediennes, including Mabel Normand and Katherine Grant. Roscoe Arbuckle’s ‘comeback’ films.

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Forgotten silent clown Lloyd Hamilton. Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. A report from the US comedy film festival Slapsticon by David Glass. 30’s British Radio stars captured on film. David Wyatt on Bobby Dunn’s unidentified films. The mysteries of Keaton’s ‘The Blacksmith’.


The films of George Formby.  Laurel and Hardy in ‘The Rogue Song’.Mack Sennett’s comedy team: Andy Clyde and Billy Bevan. The British film ‘Radio Parade of 1935’ reviewed. A Lloyd Hamilton filmography.


The forgotten, zany team of Clark and McCullough. Wallace Lupino. Charley Chase: his silent films. Harold Lloyd’s ‘Speedy’ revisited.


Charley Chase: his sound films. Anarchic British comedian Frank Randle. Obituaries for Our Gang stars Jean Darling and Dickie Moore. Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Napoleon’. Laurel and Hardy’s ‘The Battle of the Century’ rediscovered.


Will Hay: Britain’s greatest film comedian.  Marjorie Beebe, Mack Sennett’s forgotten comedienne. Charley Chase’s sound films (continued). Reviews of British comedies on DVD.


The forgotten feature films of Monty Banks; the life of career drunkard Arthur Housman; The Silent Laughter Weekend 2018; The strange stories of Stan Laurel’s brothers; a review of ‘Stan and Ollie’.


The short films of Walter Forde, Britain’s silent comedy star; Monty Banks in the sound era; Roscoe Arbuckle’s films without Buster Keaton; Lupino Lane comes to DVD; the missing Mabel Normand film ONE HOUR MARRIED; an interview with silent film accompanist and historian Ben Model.


All issues contain regular features on missing films, DVD releases and reviews, news and film festivals.