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Past Humor Present Laughter, Musings on the Comedy Film Industry 1910-1945, Volume One: Hal Roach
Paperback– January 1, 2013
by Richard M. Roberts(Author), Robert Farr and Joe Moore (Co-Research), Scott Eyman (Intro), Randy Skretvedt (Intro), Glenn Mitchell (Intro)
“In this first volume of a proposed trilogy on the Comedy Film Industry, Film Historian Richard M. Roberts examines the legendary "Lot Of Fun" belonging to Producer Hal Roach, not through the Series and Comedians that he made immortal like Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, or the Our Gang Comedies, but through all of the lesser-known comedians who plied their trade at the Studio: Charley Chase, Max Davidson, Snub Pollard, Eddie Boland, and some major comedians who made temporary stops on the Culver City Lot in the ups and downs of their careers like Harry Langdon and Mabel Normand, among others. Calling this book "the World's Longest Footnote", Roberts uncovers new insight into the Work of perhaps the most lasting of the Silent and Sound Film Comedy Producers, and culminates the Book with the most comprehensive Hal Roach Filmography ever published.”