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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.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.

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