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Billy Bevan

PostFri Aug 26, 2011 8:34 pm

I was watching the bluray of Slappiest Days of Our Lives, and although I couldn't make head nor tail of whatwas going on, the clips of Billy Bevan stood out as being particularly good. Are there any good DVD collections of Bevan's early slapstick shorts?
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PostSat Aug 27, 2011 7:40 am

The only collection of some of his shorts that I know of is offered by Looser Than Loose. I've been meaning to pick it up for a while now, so I cannot speak on the quality, but their stuff is usually pretty good.
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostSat Aug 27, 2011 5:20 pm

There's a Bevan section on one of Unknown Video's `Silent Comedy Mafia' DVDs. Sadly, Unknown Video went the way of silents recently, but there may still be a few copies floating about (also, the former proprietor is a member of this board and may be able to hook you up with one).
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostWed Aug 31, 2011 8:52 pm

Ordered the LTL collection. Thanks!
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostMon Mar 05, 2018 9:43 pm

When Billy Bevan died in Escondido in 1957 most of his friends and neighbors were shocked to find out Billy had been a motion picture performer. To them he was Bill Harris, a successful citrus farmer and agriculture commissioner who would periodically travel north to L.A. "on business". Billy had his FY money by 1930 and worked in films subsequently to satisfy his ham gene.
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostTue Mar 06, 2018 10:29 am

There are some Bevan shorts in THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION from Flicker Alley:

http://www.silentera.com/video/collSennettCollection1HV.html
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostTue Mar 06, 2018 1:17 pm

Image Entertainment has several excellent prints of Bevan movies in their "American Slapstick" vols 1 and 2, and their "Slapstick Encyclopedia".
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Re: Billy Bevan

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Basil Rathbone (as Sherlock Holmes), Dennis Hoey, Billy Bevan, Alan Mowbray and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson) in Terror By Night (1946).
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostWed Mar 07, 2018 7:48 pm

I like Bevan in DRACULA'S DAUGHTERS if we're talking sound character roles.

Been digging through that Sennett Blu-Ray set from Flicker Alley a lot lately and have been enjoying Bevan's work. A fun comedian who was put in a lot of funny films with crazy gags, especially with Del Lord. Speaking of which, as a life long Stooge fan, watching Del Lord's ICE COLD COCOS definitely made see see where AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE got some influence!

But yeah, with Bevan, got my fingers crossed a few more of his films will show up in the second volume of Sennet films.
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PostWed Mar 07, 2018 11:45 pm

Just saw him again last night as Jerry Cruncher, In Selznick's "Tale of Two Cities" (1935), and recently as the cabbie whose horse Mr. deeds feeds doughnuts in "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"(1936). He had quite a career as a character actor in the 30's and 40's.
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Re: Billy Bevan

PostThu Mar 08, 2018 11:58 am

George O'Brien wrote:Just saw him again last night as Jerry Cruncher, In Selznick's "Tale of Two Cities" (1935), and recently as the cabbie whose horse Mr. deeds feeds doughnuts in "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"(1936). He had quite a career as a character actor in the 30's and 40's.


And also quite a significant one before he ever stepped before a camera. He arrived in America with the same children's acting company that also brought Snub Pollard, Daphne Pollard, director/actor Alf Goulding, and Teddy McNamara (now best known for his role in John Ford's Upstream (1927); sadly he died soon afterwards).

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