Monday, September 27, 2010

Slapstick #1 -- September 27, 2010

Chester Conklin, sometimes called "Walrus" because of his moustache, had a long career in slapstick comedy. After playing in vaudeville, he joined Keystone and appeared as a Kop and supporting player. After working his way up to lead roles, Chet left Sennett in the usual contract dispute. He played in short comedies and supporting roles in features throughout the Twenties. He was teamed with WC Fields in a series of Paramount silents. He continued to work in small parts in the 1930s and 1940s. He died in 1971.

The cover of the September, 1916 Film Fun comes from AceCovers:

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