Keaton at the Crossroads: Buster’s Last Silent Comedy, Spite Marriage
Despite the studio system’s stifling conditions, Buster Keaton’s follow-up to The Cameraman remains a testament to the funnyman’s singular style.
Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie
The arrival of sound proved an enormous challenge for the geniuses of silent comedy. But Harold Lloyd, with his unflappable determination, finally made a successful transition.
The Funny Man with the Pardon: Billy Gilbert in His Girl Friday
The famously blustery comedy veteran transforms into a hilariously timid messenger in Howard Hawks’s fast-talking screwball masterpiece.
“Serpentine! Serpentine!” The Impeccable Madness of The In-Laws
Arthur Hiller’s 1979 comedy pairs Alan Arkin and Peter Falk as unlikely comrades in a madcap farce that lands every laugh.
The Many Kids of Charlie Chaplin
By the time Charlie Chaplin began work on what would be his first feature-length film, in 1919, he had been sneaking up to the longer format for some time.
The Freshman: Speedy Saves the Day! A Harold Lamb Adventure!
Silent comedy superstar Harold Lloyd played big dreamers; few were more determined to succeed than the college football player Harold Lamb.
A Smile and a Tear
Charlie Chaplin’s comedy has a secret ingredient that has bound us to him forever.
How to Film Jack Benny
Only Ernst Lubitsch got the great comedian to be as funny on the big screen as he was on the radio.
Up in the Air with Harold Lloyd and His Followers
How the original comic everyman made us laugh and fear for his life.
A Comedy of Murders: Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux, and Black Comedy
When the world’s favorite comedian asked his audience to see him as a sociopathic serial killer, he was venturing where cinema had barely dared to tread.
Letters from John: Getting to Know the Author of Anatomy of a Murder
The writer reflects on the decades-long creative collaboration and friendship between his father, playwright and television writer Elihu Winer, and John Voelker, judge and author.