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- Over 40 rare comedy shorts from 1915-1925

- Featuring music by the Snark Ensemble, Ben Model, the Redwine Jazz Band, and the West End Jazz Band!

- Audio commentaries by noted film historians

- THE PARROTT CHASE 45 minute restrospective

- THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE Behind the scenes with the Snark Ensemble on the music for this set

- Archival interview with Charley's daughter June

$39.99 • 460 minutes • 4 disc box set

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Name a comedian in the first part of the 20th century--Charley Chase worked with them, either on or off screen. He was a brilliant comedy writer, film director, and a major movie star. Almost single-handedly, he transformed the world of screen comedy from chaotic slapstick violence into a newly sophisticated comedy of manners, and laid the groundwork for the modern sitcom. He was the world's biggest skinny man--and this is where his legend begins. This deluxe 4 disc collection provides a comprehensive look at Charley Chase's early years, from his days as a budding talent at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios to becoming one of Hollywood's most in-demand comedy directors to his breakthrough as one of the top box office draws of the 1920s.

 

DISC ONE: CHARLES PARROTT AT KEYSTONE (AND MORE!)

PEANUTS AND BULLETS 1/30/15 Music by the Snark Ensemble 12:13

LOVE IN ARMOR 3/11/15 Music by Ben Model 13:29

SETTLED AT THE SEASIDE 03/29/15 Music by Redwine Jazz 6:32

THE RENT JUMPERS 04/08/15 Music by Redwine Jazz 11:01

LOVE, LOOT, AND CRASH 04/24/15 Music by Ben Model 12:21

A VERSATILE VILLAIN 05/29/15 Music by Ben Model 13:00

HE WOULDN'T STAY DOWN 05/30/15 Music by Ben Model 14:23

MARRIED TO ORDER 10/30/20 Music by the Snark Ensemble 16:11

Bonus Material:

"THE PARROTT CHASE" 45 minute documentary featurette

and optional audio commentaries on all shorts

DISC TWO: CHARLEY CHASE BECOMES JIMMY JUMP

AT FIRST SIGHT 01/06/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:57

ONE OF THE FAMILY 01/26/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 10:13

JUST A MINUTE 02/03/24 Music by Ben Model 12:17

POWDER AND SMOKE 02/10/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:57

HARD KNOCKS 03/02/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 10:41

DON'T FORGET 03/23/24 Surviving extract Music by the Snark Ensemble 2:59

THE FRAIDY CAT 03/30/24 Music by Ben Model 10:46

PUBLICITY PAYS 05/04/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:55

YOUNG OLDFIELD 06/22/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:41

STOLEN GOODS 06/29/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 10:30

JEFFRIES, JR. 07/06/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:27

A TEN-MINUTE EGG 7/20/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:56

SEEING NELLIE HOME 07/27/24 Partial reconstruction from surviving material Music by Ben Model 5:43

OUTDOOR PAJAMAS 09/14/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 8:38

SITTIN' PRETTY 09/28/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 10:15

TOO MANY MAMMAS 10/12/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:00

Bonus Material:

ACCIDENTAL ACCIDENTS 11/9/24 surviving extract Music by Ben Model 2:12

EVOLUTION OF A GAG: tracing the history of the mirror gag 7:37

and optional audio commentaries on all shorts

DISC THREE: JIMMY JUMP BECOMES CHARLEY CHASE

THE POOR FISH 12/07/24 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:30

THE RATS KNUCKLES 01/04/25 Music by Ben Model 9:17

HELLO BABY! 1/1/8/25 Music by the Snark Ensemble 10:29

FIGHTING FLUID 02/01/25 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:50

SHOULD HUSBANDS BE WATCHED? 03/14/25 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:34

IS MARRIAGE THE BUNK? 03/29/25 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:54

BAD BOY 04/12/25 Charley Chase's first surviving two-reel short Music by the Snark Ensemble 18:24

BIG RED RIDING HOOD 04/26/25 Music by the Snark Ensemble 9:47

LOOKING FOR SALLY The last appearance of Jimmy Jump 05/10/25 Music by Ben Model 20:20

NO FATHER TO GUIDE HIM 09/06/25 Music by the Snark Ensemble 19:09

Bonus Material:

"THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE" music featurette

and optional audio commentaries on all shorts

DISC FOUR: DIRECTED BY CHARLEY PARROTT

A ROLLING STONE Billy West 01/20/19 Music by Ben Model 18:48

THE FLIRTS Harry Mann & Jimmie Adams 04/08/19 Music by the West End Jazz Band 21:38

THE DUMB BELL Snub Pollard 07/16/22 Music by Ben Redwine and Redwine Jazz 9:23

SOFT PEDAL Paul Parrott 12/16/22 Music by Ben Model 9:50

COURTSHIP OF MILES SANDWICH Snub Pollard 06/24/23 Music by the West End Jazz Band 19:12

JUS PASSIN THROUGH Will Rogers Music by Ben Model 27:05

DEAR OLD PAL Snub Pollard and Paul Parrott, the last film directed by Charles Parrott before he became Charley Chase 11/11/23 Music by Redwine Jazz 9:38

Bonus Material:

Interview with Charley's daughter June Chase Hargis 14:31

and optional audio commentaries on all shorts

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