Stars of Slapstick #34: Harry McCoy

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Today is the birthday of Harry McCoy (1889-1937). After nearly a decade performing in stock companies and vaudeville, the Philadelphia native went to Hollywood in 1912 and performed in comedies for the Joker, Selig and American studios. 1913-17 were spent at Keystone and Keystone-Triangle. Then he bounced around between vaudeville and various studios as a performer, writer and director, returning to Sennett as a staff writer 1927-1932. He had just begun working for Walt Disney when he was felled by a heart attack in 1937.

Here he is with Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Chester Conklin in Mabel at the Wheel (1947):

For more on silent and slapstick comedy don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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