The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians by James RootsThe 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians by James Roots

The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians

byJames Roots

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

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Even the average film fan is familiar with only a handful of silent cinema's greatest stars, like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy. This book ranks the top 100 silent film stars based on a scale that considers creativity, originality, chemistry with fellow performers, and other factors. Like any ranking book, it is as idiosyncratic as its author, so few readers are likely to agree completely with his choices. On the other hand, they will appreciate the thoughtfulness the author puts into the list, particularly given his unique perspective. The author also promotes some lesser known performers, singles out each artist's best works, and identifies key films available on DVD.
James Roots is currently Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf. A book reviewer for more than 20 years, he has written frequently on silent film, especially comedy.
Title:The 100 Greatest Silent Film ComediansFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 10.19 × 7.19 × 1.35 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroductionArrangement of EntriesScorecardThe First Rank:1. Charlie Chaplin2. Buster Keaton3. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy 4. Charley Chase 5. Harold Lloyd 6. Harry Langdon7. Mabel Normand 8. Roscoe Arbuckle 9. Douglas Fairbanks 10. Raymond Griffith The Second Rank:11. Sidney Drew 12. Phyllis Haver13. Our Gang 14. Jobyna Ralston 15. Anita Garvin 16. Bebe Daniels17. Ton of Fun 18. Max Linder19. Ford Sterling 20. Max Davidson 21. Lupino Lane 22. Larry Semon23. Edgar Kennedy 24. Mack Swain 25. Fay Tincher 26. Supporting ladies and gents 27. Gale Henry 28. Mae Busch 29. Ben Turpin 30. Charley Bowers 31. Lloyd Hamilton 32. Louise Fazenda 33. John Bunny 34. Harry Gribbon 35. Vernon Dent 36. Hank Mann 37. Alice Howell38. Polly Moran 39. Jack Duffy 40. Charlie Murray 41. Jimmy Finlayson The Third Rank:42. Harry McCoy 43. Alice Ardell 44. Wallace Beery45. Monty Banks 46. Chester Conklin 47. Bobby Vernon 48. Paul Parrott 49. Snub Pollard 50. Marie Prevost 51. Sydney Chaplin 52. Al St. John 53. Dorothy Dwan 54. Victor Moore 55. Joe Rock 56. Madeline Hurlock 57. Billy Bevan 58. Dorothy Devore 59. Minta Durfee 60. Alice Day 61. Slim Summerville 62. Andy Clyde 63. Glenn TryonThe Fourth Rank:64. Fred Mace65. Billy Dooley 66. Billy Quirk 67. Johnny Hines 68. Victor Potel 69. Monty Collins 70. Augustus Carney 71. Bud Jamison 72. Phil Dunham73. Clyde Cook 74. Bud Duncan75. Mack Sennett76. Lee Moran and Eddie Lyons 77. Lige Conley 78. Tom Kennedy 79. Jimmy Aubrey 80. Neal Burns 81. Billy Franey 82. Glen Cavender 83. Douglas MacLean 84. Max Asher 85. Bobby Ray 86. Billy Engle 87. Sid Smith 88. Billy Bletcher 89. Walter Hiers 90. Paddy McGuire 91. Jack Cooper 92. Billy West 93. Eddie Boland 94. Flora Finch 95. Milburn Morante 96. Billie Ritchie 97. Earl Mohan 98. Billy Reeves 99. Hughie Mack 100. Cliff Bowes Appendix: Also-Rans, Missed the Cut, Left No Surviving Legacy, Or Otherwise Were Not Included in the Top 100BibliographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Roots' deep knowledge of, and appreciation of, these films allows him to address many controversial topics and counter several generally received opinions about these artists, their contributions, and behind-the-scenes controversies. He is well read in the field and is not afraid of taking on well-known critics and their opinions and uses an entertaining writing style to make his points. . . .Recommended for all libraries with film studies collections or interest in the history of film.