Lame Brains and Lunatics 2: More Good, Bad and Forgotten of Silent Comedy (hardback)
Lame Brains and Lunatics 2: More Good, Bad and Forgotten of Silent Comedy
by Steve Massa
“Steve Massa has become a world-class chronicler and archaeologist of silent comedy.” – Leonard Maltin
As a sequel to his original 2013 volume author Steve Massa celebrates a new batch of unsung practitioners and overlooked aspects of silent film comedy. Profiled are neglected rank and file such as Ingram “Seven Foot” Pickett, Edward Luddy, James “Bubbles” Berry, Earl Mohan, and a Harry Keaton that was not Buster’s brother, as well as popular names like Leo McCarey and Larry Semon.
Edward Everett Horton’s career as a silent screen performer, the rise of animal stars, and the invasion of the British music hall comics are also discussed. The book includes selected filmographies and is lavishly illustrated with over 300 rarely-seen photographs and advertising images.
Steve Massa is the author of Rediscovering Roscoe, The Films of “Fatty” Arbuckle, Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy, Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and the Forgotten of Silent Comedy, and Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker.