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Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

Abstract

Harry Langdon (1884–1944) was a silent comedian in the early days of the American film industry. Although he is often compared with other silent comedians of the era, including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, Langdon’s career is underappreciated. Following a series of disastrous professional and personal missteps, Langdon faced demotion from his place as a king of silent comedy. The advent of talkies did not bode well for him, as his greatest strengths were rendered irrelevant. He was largely forgotten until audiences in the 1970s became reacquainted with his work nearly thre ... More

Keywords: Harry Langdon, silent comedy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, silent films, Harold Lloyd, 1920s films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813169651
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriella Oldham, author

Mabel Langdon, author

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