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All Night Long

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Frank Capra and Arthur Ripley; Hal Conklin and Vernon Smith
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 9 November 1924 (USA)
Timing: 19:29

Genre: Comedy

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Harry Langdon enjoys a breif interlude in "All Night Long"
 

Bad Boy

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown; Titles: H.M. Walker
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 12 April 1925 (USA)
Timing: 18:24

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Synopsis: Jimmy Jump is torn: what’s a good son to do when his parents each have a different vision of what he should be? Can he be the rough and tumble lad his father wants and still dance like Isadora Duncan to please his mother without seeming schizophrenic? More importantly, can he still be himself to please the girl he wants to wed?

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, alto saxophone, 2 melodicas, trumpet,
alto trombone, tenor trombone, xylophone, percussion, harp, piano, and Harmophone.

 

Big Red Riding Hood

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Hal Roach
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 26 April 1925 (USA)
Timing: 9:51

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Bookworm Jimmy Jump spends his days reading at the local bookstore where he can also flirt with the owner’s daughter. A letter arrives offering him a large sum to translate Little Red Riding Hood into Swedish – but he can’t afford to buy the book. Worse yet, someone buys the only copy and puts it in a car that is stolen. While a chase ensues to catch the thief, Jimmy must dash along on his bike in order to continue reading the story.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, contra-alto clarinet,
contrabass clarinet, melodica, slide whistle, ocarina, guitar, saw, percussion, and piano.

 

Black Imp (Diable Noir) 1905

Starring: Georges Méliès
Director: Georges Méliès
Writer: Georges Méliès
Produced by Georges Méliès
Release Date: 1905 (France)
Timing: 4:02

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: A devilish imp, desirous shut-eye, plays tricks on a hotel guest to scare him away. Great dancing by the imp and impressive special effects by Méliès.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 melodicas, percussion, piano and toy piano.

 

Boobs in the Wood

Starring: Harry Langdon
Directed by Harry Edwards
Written by: Arthur Ripley and Frank Capra (uncredited)
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date:1 February 1925
Timing: 19:52

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: In a western lumber town, loser Chester Winfield fails at three different jobs – lumberjack, dishwasher, and saloon bouncer. Still, his girl believes in him and gives him, for once in his life, a winning moment over his rival, Big Bill.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: piccolo, flute, sopranino recorder, oboe, English horn, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, 2 melodicas, banjo, percussion, accordion, piano, and toy piano.

Harry Langdon in "Boobs in the Wood"
 

Don’t Forget

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: James Parrott
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 23 March 1924 (USA)
Timing: 2:58

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: After almost sleeping through his own wedding, Jimmy frantically makes his way to the chapel, forgetting a shoe or two along the way.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 1
Scoring: solo piano

 

Don’t Weaken

Starring: Ford Sterling, James Finlayson
Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 5 September 1920 (USA)
Timing: 20 minutes

Genre: Slapstick Comedy

Synopsis: Prof. Yonson has won awards for both dancing and boxing – two arts he combines in in the climax of this fast paced and slightly bizarre short about a dancing instructor and his ploy to get in tight with a nouvo riche family.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Flute, oboe, English horn, E-flat clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, and piano.

 

Feet of Mud

Staring: Harry Langdon
Directed by Harry Edwards
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 7 December 1924
Timing: 17:34

Genre: Comedy

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 4
Scoring: flute, oboe, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, alto saxophone,
baritone saxophone, melodica, ukulele, percussion, piano, and toy piano.

An indescribable scene from Harry Langdon's "Feet of Mud".
 

Fiddlesticks

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Frank Capra and Arthur Ripley
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 27 November 1927 (USA)
Timing: 19:55

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry will do anything to be a musician, but it takes a junk collector to discover his hidden talents.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, soprano saxophone,
3 melodicas, trumpet, guitar, percussion, piano, 2 toy pianos, and string bass.

Harry Langdon and a double bass in a still from "Fiddlesticks".
 

Fighting Fluid

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date:1 February 1925 (USA)
Timing: 9:56

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Jimmy Jump is a sad sack, picked on by all and unable to approach the girl he loves. Fortunately, what spinach does for Popeye, some prohibition alcohol does for Jimmy and he takes control of his life.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet,
2 melodicas, saw, pop gun, percussion, and piano.

 

Funnymooners, The

Starring: Ralph Graves
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Writers: Ewart Adamson, Randall Faye, Tay Garnett, Al Giebler, Clarence Hennecke, Vernon Smith
Release Date: 7 February 1926 (USA)
Timing: 20:05

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Synopsis: A young couple, determined to elope, manage to escape her disapproving parents only to be inexplicably beset by a bodacious and massive traveling salesman who – for reasons unknown – coerces them into staying in a hotel from with him and his (presumably) wife, even though they have yet to be married. Could this film be any more shocking?

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, contra-alto clarinet, percussion, and piano.

 

Goat, The

Starring: Buster Keaton
Directors: Buster Keaton & Malcolm St. Clair
Writers: Buster Keaton & Malcolm St. Clair
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Release Date: 15 May 1921 (USA)
Timing: 23:15

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Buster, a nondescript drifter, finally catches people’s attention after he’s mistaken for Dead Shot Dan – a murderer at large. Expect lots of exciting chases but no bleating, can-eating ungulates.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 5
Scoring: 2 bass clarinets, contra-alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, 2 melodicas, 3 harmonicas, guitar, percussion, accordion, toy piano, and piano.

Keaton in The Goat
 

Hansom Cabman

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 12 October 1924
Timing: 19:25

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry wakes on the morning of his wedding to learn that he is already married – to a woman he doesn’t know! Harry is hauled into jail for “wife beating” but easily escapes. The resulting chase to track down the fugitive leads to some hilarious scrapes – and scratches.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone,
baritone saxophone, percussion, accordion, and piano.

Harry Langdon as the title character of "The Hansom Cabman".
 

Hard Knocks

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: James Parrott
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 2 March 1924 (USA)
Timing: 10:49

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Lowly office drone Charley has an assertiveness problem. His co-worker can storm into the boss’ office and come away with a raise, while Charley comes away empty-handed. Worse, Charley is in love with the boss’ daughter. And even though she loves him as well, her pop has another – more loaded – son-in-law in mind. But Charley has the chance to prove himself when he discovers his brave co-worker robbing the office safe one night… now, Charley is all fight and fire, and the sparks fly as Charley seeks to prove himself by saving the boss’ jewels!

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, Eb alto saxophone, Bb bass clarinet, piano, percussion

 

Hello Baby

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 18 January 1925 (USA)
Timing: 10:31

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: In a dimwitted attempt to quiet his screeching newborn, Jimmy struggles with a cop, two motorcycles, a speeding car, his pants, and some wet paint.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Flute, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion, glockenspiel, and piano.

 

His New Mamma

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Writer: Mack Sennett (story)
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 22 June 1924 (USA)
Timing: 15:15

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Grown-up Harry, thrown out from his single father’s house, tries to save his father from marrying a gold-digging new “mamma.”

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 3
Scoring: Bb clarinet, piano, drums

Poster for "His New Mamma"
 

Ice Cold Cocos

Starring: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Kewpie Morgan, and Madeline Hurlock
Director: Del Lord
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 20 June 1926 (USA)
Timing: 19 minutes

Genre: Slapstick Comedy

Synopsis: Billy and Andy impersonate two ice-delivery men in a suburban town. Billy takes a fancy to a newly-wed bride and most of his loose cash is liquidated as he flirts with her. Her husband is not pleased at Billy’s attentions to his new bride. There is a skating contest at the local ice-rink, and the bride, her mother and her husband are in attendance, as are Billy and Andy, the icemen.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: E-flat clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano, percussion, hand-crank siren, slide whistle

 

Liberty

Starring: Laurel and Hardy
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Leo McCarey, H.M. Walker
Produced by: Hal Roach
Release Date: 26 January 1929 (USA)
Timing: 20:00

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: On the lam from the law, Stan and Olly look for places to hide. Along the way, Stan gets a crab in his pants, they destroy a shopkeeper’s phonograph player, and the boys wind up hiding in plain sight – on the highest girders of a skyscraper-in-progress!

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano, percussion.

Laurel and Hardy teetering on a girder high above a city street.
 

London After Midnight

Starring: Lon Chaney
Directed by Tod Browning
Written by: Tod Browning (story), Waldemar Young (scenario)
Produced by Tod Browning
Release Date: 17 December 1927
Timing: 69:00

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures – could they be vampires? No, we don’t really have this film – we just want to see if you’re paying attention…

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: piccolo, flute, sopranino recorder, oboe, English horn, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, 2 melodicas, banjo, percussion, accordion, piano, and toy piano.

 

Luck o' the Foolish

Starring: Harry Langdon
Directed by Harry Edwards
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 14 September 1924
Timing: 21:13

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Traveling by train to start a new life together, Harry and Marcie are robbed of the money intended to start their new business. Harry is forced to return to his old line of work, as a beat cop, just in time to save Marcie from the same (now lecherous) thief.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets,
melodica, ocarina, slide whistle, saw, percussion, and piano.

Harry Langdon in a tight spot in "Luck o' the Foolish"
 

Lucky Stars

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Frank Capra and Arthur Ripley. Al Giebler, titles
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 16 August 1925
Timing: 21:24

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry, a naive young dreamer who dreams of becoming a doctor, falls under the spell of a quack medicine show man. Joining the show as the quack’s assistant, Harry travels to Mexico, where he finds love and much more adventure than he bargained for…

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 5
Scoring: violin, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, mini-Korg analog synthesizer (Theremin), percussion, piano, toy piano.

A scene from "Lucky Stars"
 

Luny Musician (Maestro Do-Mi-Sol-Do) 1906

Starring: Georges Méliès
Director: Georges Méliès
Writer: Georges Méliès
Produced by Georges Méliès
Release Date: 1906 (France)
Timing: 3:35

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: An eccentric musician has his own off kilter way of making music.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Bb clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, duck whistle, percussion, and piano

 

Married to Order

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott)
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Nat H. Spitzer
Release Date: 30 October 1920 (USA)
Timing: 16:09

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Jimmy battles a Cyborg sent from the future to murder him and his mother. No, wait, that’s Terminator II. Sh!t. Oh, now I remember… Jimmy’s sweetheart dresses up like her twin brother to trick her near-blind, grumpy father and elope with her charmingly dopey suitor.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 3
Bb Clarinet, percussion, and piano.

 

Matinee Idol, The

Starring: Bessie Love and Johnnie Walker
Director: Frank Capra
Writers: Robert Lord and Ernest Pagano
Release Date: 14 March 1928 (USA)
Timing: 56

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Synopsis: The famous matinee idol and blackface comedian, Don Wilson, heads out of town to escape adulation. There, calling himself Harry Mann, he accidentally joins a traveling acting troupe, and falls in love with Ginger Bolivar, who runs the troupe and stars in their Civil War melodrama. Don’s producer sees the play, and thinks it’s a comic masterpiece, and just what Don’s Broadway show needs. But when Ginger finds out she’s been played for a fool, will she forgive Don?

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 6
Scoring: piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, Eb clarinet, 3 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, contra-alto clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, violin, and piano.

 

One of the Family

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Scott Pembroke
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 27 January 1924 (USA)
Timing: 10:14

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Who would be suspicious of a rich woman’s ad for a handsome chauffeur? Not Jimmy Jump, and he gets the job only to find out he’s being paid to make a philandering husband jealous. He’s rescued from this situation by the maid who takes him home to her folks – who are still in the midst of the Irish potato famine but anxious to please this potential new son-in-law.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, ocarina,
2 melodicas, slide whistle, percussion, piano, and Harmophone.

 

Outdoor Pajamas

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 14 September 1924 (USA)
Timing: 8:52

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: It’s a bad idea to go outside in your pajamas. Jimmy Jump makes that mistake on the morning of his wedding and ends up being chased by most of the town.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: alto saxophone, 2 melodicas, percussion, and piano.

 

Peanuts and Bullets

Starring: Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott)
Director: Nick Cogley
Writer: Nick Cogley
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 30 January 1915 (USA)
Timing: 12:04

Genre: Slapstick Comedy

Synopsis: Charley, an apartment-dweller, is rivals with his neighbor for the love of a girl. The unlucky fruit-stand vendor beneath Charley’s window is also a rival, and plugs Charley in the face with a tomato. For revenge, Charley empties the bullets of his revolver into the fruit-seller’s peanut-roaster, and the explosive results – complete with cops, chases, and over-the-cliff falls – make a raucous finale.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, accordion, piano, percussion

 

Picking Peaches

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 3 February 1924 (USA)
Timing: 21:30

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry is a married shoe store clerk whose wandering eyes get him into lots of trouble.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 3
Scoring: Bb clarinet, piano, and drums

 

Pillar of Fire (Danse du feu) 1899

Starring: Georges Méliès
Director: Georges Méliès
Writer: Georges Méliès
Produced by Georges Méliès
Release Date: 1899 (France)
Timing: 1:04

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: A devil congers a woman out of a cauldron. She does a quick dance. In beautiful color!

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 4
Scoring: 2 Bb clarinets, alto sax, percussion, bells, Harmophone, and piano.

 

Poor Fish

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 7 December 1924 (USA)
Timing: 9:26

Genre: Domestic Comedy

Synopsis: Pity poor Charley, a hen-pecked newlywed with a mother-in-law living in. The marital sparks fly until man and wife decide to switch jobs for a day. Charley’s day at home includes floods, a balloon salesman, and a canary bath.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 3
Scoring: Eb alto saxophone, Bb tenor saxophone, piano, toy piano, percussion

 

Powder and Smoke

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: James Parrott
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 10 February 1924 (USA)
Timing: 10:12

Genre: Comedy Western

Synopsis: Jimmy, a door-to-door lightning-rod salesman in the Wild West, gets mixed up with a gang of bandits who underestimate the power of his flimsy mental prowess.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 4
Scoring: melodica, acoustic guitar, percussion, whistlers, piano, and violin.

 

Publicity Pays

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 4 May 1924 (USA)
Timing: 9:59

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Thespian wannabe Mrs. Jimmy Jump signs a contract to become the next Greta Garbo. Acting like a great actress is beyond her talents, and her expensive animal props threaten to have the landlord throw them out of their happy home.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 5
Scoring: piccolo, oboe, english horn, Eb clarinet,
2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, melodica, saw, percussion, and piano.

This film has multiple excerpts. Select clip name from under play bar and then click play.

 

Remember When

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Clyde Bruckman and Arthur Ripley. Al Giebler, titles
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 26 April 1925 (USA)
Timing: 19:04

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Playmate orphans Harry and Rosemary are separated when she is taken away. With only her locket to guide him, Harry spends the next 15 years wandering in search of her. He eventually finds his soulmate in a traveling circus where she works as the bearded lady.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 melodicas, trumpet, ukulele, percussion, piano, and 2 toy pianos.

 

Rink, The

Starring: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance
Director: Charles Chaplin
Produced by Henry P. Caulfield and Charles Chaplin for Mutual
Release Date: 4 December 1916 (USA)
Timing: 24 minutes

Genre: Slapstick Comedy

Synopsis: After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 5
Scoring: oboe, English horn, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, percussion, and piano.

Rink
 

Saturday Afternoon

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Frank Capra and Arthur Ripley. Al Giebler, titles
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 31 January 1926
Timing: 27:12

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry leads an unadventurous life of servitude under his domineering wife until his friend Steve invites him on a Saturday adventure with two hot babes. The perils of flirtation for a single afternoon are enough to satisfy that itch for the rest of his life.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet,
alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, 3 melodicas, slide whistle, percussion, piano, and 2 toy pianos.

Harry Langdon in yet another love triangle in "Saturday Afternoon"
 

Shot in the Excitement

Starring: Al St. John and Alice Howell with Chester Conklin and Charley Chase
Director: Dell Henderson
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 26 October 1914 (USA)
Timing: 13 minutes

Genre: Slapstick Comedy

Synopsis: Two goonish suitors fight over Alice Howell. Things start simple, attacking each other with spiders, but soon the rivalry escalates to rocks, water and culminate in, Armageddon – the use of a civil war cannon.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, percussion

 

Should Husbands be Watched

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 14 March 1925 (USA)
Timing: 9:30

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Charley gets a big raise at work, and to celebrate, he hires a maid for his wife. The nervous couple suffers through their first dinner with “help,” and then, as a surprise, the maid puts the moves on Charley. What will the wife do?

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, percussion, and piano.

 

Sittin’ Pretty

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 28 September 1924 (USA)
Timing: 10:30

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Jimmy Jump dons his girlfriend’s father’s police uniform in order to get his stolen car back. Soon the police recruit him – to capture an insane man in a house. Watch for the classic “mirror routine” nine years before the Marx Brothers did the same schtick in Duck Soup.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 4
Scoring: Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, 2 bass clarinets, contra-alto clarinet,
alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, melodica, trumpet, percussion, and piano.

 

Smile Please

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Hampton Del Ruth & Roy Del Ruth
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 2 March 1924 (USA)
Timing: 18:32

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry’s dual job as small town photographer and sheriff first help him to rescue and win the girl, but later interfere with his marriage and family life.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 3
Scoring: Bb clarinet, guitar, and bass.

Harry Langdon in "Smile Please"
 

Soldier Man

Starring: Harry Langdon
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Frank Capra and Arthur Ripley. Al Giebler, titles
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: 1 May 1926
Timing: 31:13

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Harry, the only American soldier left in France after WWI, is mistaken for a King (who he is a dead ringer for) and put onto his throne, even though all he wants is a square meal.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, balloons, whoopee cushions, electric guitar, percussion, piano, and electric bass.

Harry Langdon in a fatal embrace in "Soldier Man"
 

Stolen Goods

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 29 June 1924 (USA)
Timing: 9:56

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Jimmy helps cure a lovely young kleptomaniac who steals his heart, and everything else in sight.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 4
Scoring: 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, melodica, percussion, glockenspiel, and piano.

 

Teddy at the Throttle: A Silent Opera

Starring: Bobby Vernon, Gloria Swanson, and Wallace Beery
Director: Clarence G. Badger
Produced by Mack Sennett
Release Date: April 1917 (USA)
Time: 30:00

Genre: Comic Opera

Synopsis: Sweethearts Gloria and Bobbie are pawns in a nefarious scheme concocted by Henry Black, Gloria’s guardian, to keep the inheritance money which he currently enjoys spending. Keystone Teddy, the wonder dog, stands by to look after the kids. (Scored as a “silent” opera.)

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 5
Scoring: SATB, sop solo, bar solo, oboe, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, sop sax, bari sax, ukulele, percussion, and piano.

Promotional photo for "Teddy at the Throttle"
 

There It Is!

Starring: Charlie Bowers
Director: Harold L. Muller and Charlie Bowers (uncredited)
Writers: Charlie Bowers (uncredited) Harold L. Muller (uncredited)
Release Date: 1 January 1928 (USA)
Timing: 20:00

Genre: Comic Fantasy

Synopsis: In a matchbox, Scotland Yard detective Charley MacNeesha carries his constant companion MacGregor – who is a either a hairy insect or a buggy-looking mouse. The pair travels to New York to solve the case of the Fuzz-Faced Phantom who causes full-grown chickens to hatch from eggs, pots to rain from the ceiling, and pants to dance of their own volition in this surrealist comedy that anticipated Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel’s An Andalusian Dog by more than a year. Wonderfully weird and childishly playful fun for all ages.

Music by Maurice Saylor

Number of players: 5
Scoring: picc, sopranino rec, 2 sop recorders, ocarini, oboe, English horn, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, 2 Bass Clarinets., contrabass clarinet, banjo, slide whistle, saw, glockenspiel, percussion, toy piano, 3 melodicas, accordion, and piano.

Charley Bowers's stop-motion companion MacGregor packs his toothbrush
 

Too Many Mammas

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 12 October 1924 (USA)
Timing: 10:00

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Charley breaks a date with his girl to be the “front” for his married boss’ outing with another woman. Together at their “business meeting” in a nearby speakeasy, lots of other mammas (Charley’s, the boss’) – and pappas (the boss’ girl’s) – show up, and put Charley in a big jam.

Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Number of players: 5
Scoring: Trumpet, cornet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, Eb alto saxophone, Eb baritone saxophone, drums, piano

 

Young Oldfield

Starring: Charley Chase
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Unknown
Produced by Hal Roach
Release Date: 22 June 1924 (USA)
Timing: 9:36

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Jimmy’s dream of being a star racecar driver comes true as he bumbles his way through a haphazard plan to save his family business.

Music by Phil Carluzzo

Number of players: 4
Scoring: 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, percussion, and piano.

 
 
 
 
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