THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE

"Over a 21-year period from 1912 to 1933, the short and feature films produced by Mack Sennett (and released under the banners of Keystone Comedies and Mack Sennett Comedies) played a large part in creating the style and language that has forever defined visual humor in motion pictures, earning Sennett the nickname "the King of Comedy" and recognition as the father of American film comedy."

– Brent Walker, "Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel"

Sennett's historic studio - dubbed the "Fun Factory" - was at one time home to nearly every major silent screen comedian including Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, Harry Langdon, Marie Dressler, Ben Turpin, The Keystone Cops, the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties, Ford Sterling, Charley Chase, Al St. John, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, Chester Conklin, Slim Summerville, Polly Moran, Ford Sterling, Billy Bevan, Louise Fazenda, Vernon Dent, Carole Lombard, W.C. Fields, Syd Chaplin and Charlie Chaplin, who introduced his beloved Tramp character under the auspices of Keystone, in 1914 (CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE, also available from GME).

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Now, for the first time, the best of these surviving Sennett comedies have been gathered from around the world, fully restored, and digitally re- mastered in HD. THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE features 50 of these films presented together on a 3-disc Blu-ray set. (These films are also available in DVD-R format, upon request). This seminal collection also includes films directed, written, and acted in by Sennett for the Biograph Co. (1908-1912), as well as numerous bonus extras, including an episode from the television broadcast, "This is Your Life" in 1954, that pays tribute to this pioneering comedy producer.

These new editions have been painstakingly reconstructed by CineMuseum and Keystone Films using original 35mm nitrate, archival negatives, preservation materials, and sometimes the lone known surviving film print, from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blackhawk Films®, Lobster Films, the Richard M. Roberts Collection, Gierucki Studios, and dozens of privately held archives.

 

 
 
 

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Format: Blu-ray NTSC / Region All
(No Regional Code)

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THE CURTAIN POLE
(US, 1909)

Director: D.W. Griffith
Author: Mack Sennett
Cast: Mack Sennett, Harry Solter & Florence Lawrence

• 10:02 minutes
• Commentary track

THE MANICURE LADY 
(US, 1911)

Director: Mack Sennett
Author: Edwin August
Cast: Mack Sennett, Vivian Prescott, Eddie Dillon, & Kate Bruce

• 11:22 minutes
• Commentary track

 A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS 
(US, 1912)

Director: Mack Sennett
Author: Dell Henderson
Cast: Mabel Normand, Fred Mace & Philip Parmalee

• 10:16 minutes
• Commentary track

THE WATER NYMPH 
(US, 1912)

Director: Mack Sennett
Cast: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett & Ford Sterling

• 8:20 minutes
• Commentary track

A GROCERY CLERK’S ROMANCE 
(US, 1912)

Director: Mack Sennett
Cast: Ford Sterling & James C. Morton

• 7:38 minutes

ON HIS WEDDING DAY   
(US, 1913)

Director: Mack Sennett
Cast: Ford Sterling, Dot Farley, Nick Cogley, Mabel Normand, Charles Avery & Hale Studebaker

• 6:16 minutes
• Commentary track

BANGVILLE POLICE 
(US, 1913)

Director: Henry "Pathe" Lehrman
Cast: Fred Mace, Mabel Normand, Nick Cogley & Dot Farley

• 6:27 minutes
• Commentary track

A FISHY AFFAIR 
(US, 1913)

Director: Mack Sennett
Cast: Ford Sterling, Laura Oakley, Nick Cogley, Dot Farley, Bert Hunn, Bill Hauber & Rube Miller

• 7:10 minutes
• Commentary track

THE SPEED KINGS – EARL COOPER AND TEDDY TETZLAFT
(US, 1913)

Director: Wilfred Lucas
Cast: Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Earl Cooper, Teddy Tetzlaff, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle & Barney Oldfield

• 8:33 minutes
• Commentary track

THE THIEF CATCHER
(US, 1914)

Director: Ford Sterling
Cast: Ford Sterling, Mack Swain, Edgard Kennedy, Bill Bauber, Charlie Chaplin, Rube Miller & George Jeske

• 8 minutes
• Commentary track

THE GREAT TOE MYSTERY 
(US, 1914)

Cast: Charles Parrott & Alice Howell

• 10:51 minutes
• Commentary track

RECREATION 
(US, 1914)

Director: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Peggy Page, Edwin Frazee, Charles Bennett & Eddie Nolan

• 5:24 minutes
• Commentary track

SHOT IN THE EXCITEMENT
(US, 1914)

Cast: Alice Howell, Al St. John, Rube Miller & Josef Swickard

• 11:49 minutes
• Commentary track 

THE NOISE OF BOMBS 
(US, 1914)

Cast: Charlie Murray, Edgar Kennedy, Lucile Ward, Dixie Chene, Josef Swickard, Harry McCoy, Eddie Cline & Charles Parrott

• 11:33 minutes

AMBROSE’S FIRST FALSEHOOD 
(US, 1914)

Director: F. Richard Jones
Cast: Mack Swain, Minta Durfee, Edgar Kennedy & Charles Parrott

• 11:14 minutes 

A BIRD’S A BIRD
(US, 1915)

Cast: Chester Conklin, Minta Durfee, Harry D. “Dutch” Ward, Bill Hauber & Alice Davenport

• 12:40 minutes
• Commentary track

GUSSLE’S DAY OF REST
(US, 1915)

Director: F. Richard Jones
Cast: Syd Chaplin, Cecile Arnold, George “Slim” Summerville, Phyllis Allen & Eddie Cline

• 21:47 minutes

DO-RE-MI-BOOM!
(US, 1915)

Director: Walter Wright
Cast: Chester Conklin, Charles Arling, Harry Booker, Fred Fishback

• 11:40 minutes

A LOVER’S LOST CONTROL
(US, 1915)

Director: Syd Chaplin & Charles Avery
Cast: Syd Chaplin & Phyllis Allen

• 22:20 minutes

A SUBMARINE PIRATE
(US, 1915)

Director: Charles Avery & Syd Chaplin (uncredited: Charles Parrott
Assistant director: Grover Ligon
Cast: Syd Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Glen Cavender, Wesley Ruggles, Cecile Arnold, Harold J. Binney & Louise Fazenda

• 24:23 minutes

FATTY AND MABEL ADRIFT
(US, 1916)

Director: Roscoe Arbuckle
Assistant director: Dave “Andy” Anderson
Cast: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Al St. John, Frank Hayes, May Wells, Wayland Trask, Glen Cavender & Luke the dog

• 30:38 minutes

HIS BITTER PILL
(US, 1916)

Director: Fred Fishback
Assistant director: Herman C. Raymaker
Cast: Mack Swain, Louella Maxam, Ella Haines & Edgar Kennedy

• 19:35 minutes

MADCAP AMBROSE
(US, 1916)

Director: Fred Fishback
Cast: Mack Swain, Polly Moran, May Wells, Edgard Kennedy, Frank Hayes, May Emory & Louis Morrison

• 21:44 minutes

TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE
(US, 1917)

Director: Clarence Badger
Cast: Bobby Vernon, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, May Emory, Blanche Phillips, Teddy the dog & Charles Bennett

• 26:36 minutes

HER TORPEDOED LOVE 
(US, 1917)

Director: Frank C. Griffin
Assistant Director: Harry Williams
Cast: Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Wayland Trask & Harry Booker

• 21:08 minutes

A CLEVER DUMMY 
(US, 1917)

Director: Herman C. Raymaker, in collaboration with Ferris Hartman & Robert Kerr
Cast: Ben Turpin, Chester Conklin, Wallace Beery, Juanita Hansen, Claire Anderson, James DeLano & James Donnelly

• 19:23 minutes

HEARTS AND FLOWERS 
(US, 1919)

Director: Eddie Cline
Cast: Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Phyllis Haver, Billy Armstrong & Jack Ackroyd

• 21:18 minutes

DOWN ON THE FARM (FEATURE)
(US, 1920)

Director: Erle C. Kenton & Ray Grey
Cast: Louise Fazenda, Bert Roach, James Finlayson, Harry Gribbon, Billy Armstrong, John Henry Jr., Marie Prevost, Ben Turpin, Teddy the dog & Pepper the cat

• 52:02 minutes

DON’T WEAKEN 
(US, 1920)

Director: Mal St. Clair
Cast: Charlie Murray, Ford Sterling, Harriet Hammond, James Finlayson, Joseph ""Baldy" Belmont & Fanny Kelly

• 21:27 minutes
• Commentary track

GYMNASIUM JIM 
(US, 1922)

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Cast: Billy Bevan, Mildred June, Horace "Kewpie" Morgan & Marvin Loback

• 19:19 minutes

THE EXTRA GIRL (FEATURE)
(US, 1923)

Director: F. Richard Jones
Story: Mack Sennett
Cast: Mabel Normand, Ralph Graves, George O. Nicholls, Anna Hernandez, Vernon Dent, Ramsey Wallace, Charlotte Mineau, Harry Gribbon, Billy Bevan, Max Davidson, Louise Carver, William Desmond, Teddy the dog, Duke & Numa the lions

• 72:44 minutes

THE DARE-DEVIL 
(US, 1923)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Ben Turpin, Harry Gribbon, John J. "Jack" Richardson, Horace "Kewpie" Morgan, Madeline Hurlock, Irene Lentz, Gordon Lewis, Art Rowlands & Andy Clyde

• 19:56 minutes
• Commentary track

BLACK OXFORDS 
(US, 1924)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Sid Smith, Vernon Dent, Marceline Day, Anna Hernandez, John J. "Jack" Richardson, Kalla Pasha & Natalie Kingston 

• 19:32 minutes
Commentary track

GALLOPING BUNGALOWS 
(US, 1924)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Billy Bevan, Sid Smith, Natalie Kingston, John J. "Jack" Richardson, Sunshine Hart & Andy Clyde

• 19:18 minutes

HIS MARRIAGE WOW 
(US, 1925)

Director: Harry Edwards
Cast: Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston, Vernon Dent, William McCall & Ronald Tilley

• 21:17 minutes

SUPER-HOOPER-DYNE LIZZIES 
(US, 1925)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Lillian Knight, John J. "Jack" Richardson

• 17:47 minutes
• Commentary track

A RAINY KNIGHT 
(US, 1925)

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Raymond McKee, Ruth Taylor, Marvin Loback & Eugenia Gilbert

• 19:55 minutes
• Commentary track

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 
(US, 1926)

Director: Harry Edwards
Cast: Harry Langdon, Ruth Hiatt, Vernon Dent, Peggy Montgomery & Alice Ward

• 27 minutes
• Commentary track

A SEA DOG’S TALE 
(US, 1926)

Director: Del Lord
Swordfish animation: Vance "Pinto" Colvig
Cast: Billy Bevan, Madeline Hurlock, Nady Clyde & Vernon Dent

• 11:15 minutes
• Commentary track

HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD 
(US, 1926)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Billy Bevan, Vernon Dent, Thelma Hill, Lenore Summers, Anna Magruder & Leo Sulky

• 20:22 minutes

ICE COLD COCOS 
(US, 1926)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Horace "Kewpie" Morgan, Louise Carver & Leo Sulky

• 18:34 minutes

BROKE IN CHINA 
(US, 1927)

Director: Eddie Cline
Cast: Ben Turpin, Louise Carver, Alice Belcher, Ruth Taylor, Don Maines, Andy Clyde & Katherine Ward

• 20:21 minutes

THE PRIDE OF PIKEVILLE 
(US, 1927)

Director: Alf Goulding
Cast: Ben Turpin, Thelma Hill, Ruth Taylor, Andy Clyde, William McCall, Stanley Blystone, Vernon Dent & Barney Hellum

• 20:21 minutes

FIDDLESTICKS 
(US, 1927)

Director: Harry Edwards
Cast: Harry Langdon, Vernon Dent, Anna Hernandez, Leo Sulky & Roscoe "Tiny" Ward

• 20:46 minutes

RUN, GIRL, RUN 
(US, 1928)

Director: Alf Goulding
Cast: Daphne Pollard, Carole Lombard, Lionel Belmore, Madalynn Field, Jim Hallett, Andy Clyde, Barney Hellum & Art Rowlands

• 19:53 minutes
• Commentary track

TAXI FOR TWO 
(US, 1928)

Director: Del Lord
Cast: Jack Cooper, Virginia Vance, Otto Fries & Andy Clyde

• 16:47
• Commentary track

THE BLUFFER
(US, 1930)

Director: Eddie Cline
Cast: Andy Clyde, Patsy O'Leary, Lincoln Stedman & Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton

• 11:06 minutes

THE DENTIST
(US, 1932)

Director: Leslie Pearce
Cast: W.C. Fields, Marjorie "Babe" Kane, Elise Cavanna, Zedna Farley, Bud Jamison, Dorothy Granger, Billy Bletcher, Arnold Gray, Harry Bowen, Joseph "Baldy" Belmont, Bobby Dunn & Joe Bordeaux

• 21:47 minutes

DON’T PLAY BRIDGE WITH YOUR WIFE (SOUND)
(US, 1933)

Director: Leslie Pearce
Assistant Director: Jean Yarbrough
Cast: Nora Lane, Cornelius Keefe, Ruthelma Stevens, Grady Sutton, Marjorie Beebe, Bud Jamison, Rychard Cramer, Ted Stroback, Marvin Loback & George "Sloppy" Gray

• 17:57 minutes

THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER (SOUND)
(US, 1933)

Director: Clyde Bruckman
Assistant Director: Jean Yarbrough
Cast: W.C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler, Rychard Cramer & Balto the dog

• 18:56 minutes

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 Bonus Material

THE WATER NYMPH & BATHING BEAUTIES

• 9:01 minutes
• Silent outtakes and studio rushes.

THE MACK SENNETT STUDIO

• 1:03 minutes
• Rare silent footage of the Edendale studeio exterior in 1920.

THE CROSSROADS OF NEW YORK

• 1:22 minutes
• Original 1922 theatrical trailer

THE SENNETT STORY

Written by: Joe Adamson

MACK SENNETT ON THE AIR

Texaco Star Theater
(December 13, 1939)
• 30 minutes
• Complete show

Lawrence Welk Show
(1949)
• 3 minutes
• Excerpt

MEET THE STARS: STARS – PAST AND PRESENT
(July 24, 1941)

• 6:39 minutes
• Dedication of the Mabel Normand soundstage.

ERSKINE JOHNSON'S HOLLYWOOD REEL
(1950)

• 2:57 minutes
• Television newsreel featuring Mack Sennett's 70th Birthday Party.

MACK SENNETT'S 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
(1950)

• 5:18 minutes
• Silent newsreel outtakes.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE: MACK SENNETT
(March 10, 1954)

• 28:32 minutes
• NBC Kinescope
• Ralph Edwards surprises Sennett at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS – KEYSTONE COPS REUNION
(1962)

• 1:09 minutes
• Newsreel outtakes
• Silent, sound

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Total Running Time: 16:45:00 (3 Discs)

Language: English

Musical Score: Ben Model, Philip Carli, Donald Sosin, Dennis Scott & Andrew Simpson 

Booklet Text: Joe Adamson

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $400 (plus shipping)

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