The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
The films in this week’s festival of free movies on Hulu, Silent Comedy, could put a smile on anyone’s face. Our selections include rib ticklers from Charlie Chaplin, of course, including his features The Kid and The Circus and his short The Idle Class. We also have two from Yasujiro Ozu—though he is better known for his later more wistful, elegiac portraits of family, his early films, such as I Was Born, But . . . and Passing Fancy, prove that he also had quite a sense of humor about fraught relations betweens parents and children.
Harold Lloyd is on the bill as well, with his classics Safety Last! and Speedy, as well as the rarer Dr. Jack. In that sweet-hearted film from 1922, the slapstick legend plays a friendly country doctor who falls in love with one of his patients. Directed by Lloyd’s frequent collaborator Fred Newmeyer, Dr. Jack is full of memorable gags and touching romance. Watch it below or at Hulu. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and hundreds of other Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.