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Watch 3 Laurel and Hardy Silent Movies

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It’s Saturday, it’s kind of yuck outside, and Pretty Clever Film Gal has a splitting headache. What to do, what to do? I think 3 Laurel and Hardy silents plus some hair of the dog should do the trick.

I’m pretty certain that these are all Hal Roach productions from 1928 or 1929, but I could be wrong and I’m too lazy to check at the moment. If you know better, by all means, lay it on me. Otherwise, just enjoy.

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Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

So Pretty Clever Film Gal wakes up this morning, rubs the sleep from her eyes, and what does she see? Snow! Honest to goodness snow! This might not seem strange, this being Canada and all. But I’ve been in the true north for a couple of years now, and have had my snow expectations unmet. Will it stick? Will I get to sled, ice skate on a pond, and build a snow man? Well, I’m not actually going to do any of those things. But we all know, snow days are awesome days for wrapping up in a warm blanket and watching a movie! Yay for snow days! But while the snow still gently falls, I will go about my appointed rounds across the interwebs and bring you the best and neatest of the week. Happy sledding, reading, and viewing!

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Harold Lloyd in “An Eastern Westerner” (1920)

Harold Lloyd - An Eastern Westerner - Pretty Clever FilmsIn the holy Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd trinity of silent film comedians, I find Harold Lloyd the funniest. Charlie Chaplin moves me to tears with his Victorian pathos and Buster Keaton amazes me with inspiring physical acrobatics and obsessive problem solving. But it’s Harold Lloyd that makes me laugh, often out loud, and for a very long time. The Harold Lloyd character, “Glasses Guy” we’ll call him, is certainly the most relatable of the three. In Lloyd’s spunky success-driven go getter, we can see our own unfailing optimism that persistence and hard work will pay off, by gosh! But, sadly, in the ultimately disappointing An Eastern Westerner, Lloyd doesn’t quite play this well-loved  and funny character. Read the rest of this entry

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