Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book Release Announcement: Eighteen Comedians of Silent Film

It may not be as epic as The Hunger Games trilogy or the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, but I am proud to announce that my silent film comedy trilogy is complete with my latest book, Eighteen Comedians of Silent Film.

For three decades, hundreds of actors delivered a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls for the amusement of silent film fans.  While film historians have focused their attention on the three biggest comedy stars (Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd), numerous comedians of less renown have been unjustly forgotten.  But, now, eighteen uniquely talented comedians overlooked for many years finally receive the recognition they deserve.  Discussed at length are the methods and skills that made these performers stand out. This includes the subtle expressiveness of Lloyd Hamilton, the goofy acrobatics of Clyde Cook, the playful irreverence of Hank Mann, the wicked brazenness of Billie Ritchie, and the destructive buffoonery of AndrĂ© Deed.  Eighteen Comedians of Silent Film is presented as both a loving tribute and a thoughtful analysis of a delightfully special group of artists.

Among the illustrious Eighteen are the following: André Deed, Max Linder, Marcel Perez, Baby Peggy, Big Boy, Billie Ritchie, Billy Dooley, Hank Mann, Lloyd Hamilton, Lige Conley, Al St. John, Clyde Cook, Lupino Lane, Larry Semon, Colleen Moore, Dorothy Devore, Edgar Kennedy and Andy Clyde.