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When Comedy Was King

Released 1960
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Second in the series of theatrical pastiches assembled by producer and film buff Robert Youngson that popularized forgotten giants of silent cinema. Moviegoers welcomed these hilarious glimpses into the past, even though Youngson framed them in such a nostalgic glow that some audiences left in sniffles.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.