Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Turkey Day!

Silent comedian Lloyd Hamilton would probably be regarded almost as highly as Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and Langdon today if the vast bulk of his filmography hadn't gone up in smoke. Described by Buster Keaton as an "overgrown boy", Hamilton spent years at Kalem as half of the team of Ham and Bud (partner Bud Duncan went on to play Snuffy Smith in two fairly funny wartime Monogram comedies), moved on to Fox (most of whose silent comedies were destroyed in a fire), and then to Educational (yet another fire) where he starred in a long series of shorts directed by Jack White, brother of Jules. In this late 20s Thanksgiving-y publicity shot, Lloyd takes aim at White.. or White's stuffed owl. You figure it out...

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