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Golden Silence

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 2 notes the beginning of the film industry and the downfall of vaudeville, causing Langdon to move from stage to screen. In March 1923 at the Hillstreet Theatre, Langdon was “discovered,” and ... More


The Stronger Man

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In chapter 4, Langdon’s perseverance in the film industry is highlighted. Although he lost his star status, he continued to work in films and revived his career. Langdon’s portfolio of films during ... More


Elusive Stardom

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 3 highlights the demise of Langdon’s successful acting career. When Langdon began directing his own films, this led to his downfall. His work as a director received less than rave reviews ... More


Vaudeville Roots

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 1 describes Harry Langdon’s childhood in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where his fascination for the theater was born. Young Harry did everything he could to pursue his passion for acting, leaving ... More


Legacy

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 5 reflects on Langdon’s career as a whole, with excerpts from news articles and quotes from those who worked alongside him. The chapter also discusses the revival of Langdon’s work worldwide ... More


Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Harry Langdon (1884–1944) was a silent comedian in the early days of the American film industry. Although he is often compared with other silent comedians of the era, including Charlie Chaplin, ... More


Becoming-Child: Harry Langdon

William Solomon

in Slapstick Modernism: Chaplin to Kerouac to Iggy Pop

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040245
eISBN:
9780252098468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040245.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter takes the concept of “becoming-child” from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's study of Franz Kafka in order to account for the peculiarity of Harry Langdon's screen persona. The ... More


Introduction

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This section sets the background for the telling of Langdon’s story, which is divided into three phases. It also tells the story of how this biography came to be and expresses the author’s hope that ... More


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