Harry Langdon

Harry Langdon: His Life and Films

By Bill Schelly

A top vaudeville comedian for the first quarter of the 20th century, Harry Langdon rose from performing in Midwest traveling shows to headlining at the Palace Theatre in New York City. He would go on to draw comparisons to Chaplin for his work in the classic silent films Tramp, Tramp, Tramp and The Strong Man, and he is often recognized as one of the “big four silent comedians” alongside Chaplin, Lloyd and Keaton. Later in his career, Landon also appeared in a great number of talking films, starring or co-starring in almost a hundred of them between 1924 and 1945 and working with several legendary directors, from Frank Capra to Michael Curtiz.

This second edition of the only book-length biography of Langdon includes significant new information, including expanded coverage of his early years and more personal details that lend a human side to the Langdon story. The book also includes a comprehensive filmography and several photographs from all phases of Langdon’s life and career.’

List Price: $45.00
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: McFarland, 2nd edition (June 3, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786436913
ISBN-13: 978-0786436910

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