Stars of Slapstick # 116: Lupino Lane


Originally posted in 2010. 

Lupino Lane was born on this day in 1892 into a multigenerational dynasty of English circus and music hall acrobats (Ida Lupino is also a relative). He made his music hall debut by age four. By 1913 he was a well known perfomer In London’s West End. In 1915, while still in Britain, he began making comedy shorts. He crossed the puddle in 1920 to appear in the Broadway show Afgar. From 1922-24, he starred in a series of comedies for Fox with his brother Wallace Lupino. After the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925, he starred for four years in shorts for the inappropriately named Educational Pictures. In 1928, he appeared live on the same bill with one of his films at the Los Angeles Orpheum. When talkies came in, he went back to London and the stage, where he worked until his death in 1959.


Here he is in the hilarious 1928 Valentino spoof Fandango with Wallace Lupino and Anita Garvin.

To learn more about silent and slapstick comedy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from etc etc etc


To find out about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.



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