This is one in a series of posts we are producing in connection with our new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, available from Bear Manor Media in February 2013.
Today is the birthday of Del Lord (1894-1970), best known as the director of dozens of classic Three Stooges shorts. Canadian native Lord started out working for Mack Sennett in 1920 and stayed with the studio until it folded in 1933. There followed a couple of lean years, until he got a job working for Columbia’s shorts department in 1935, where he cranked ’em out (with a couple of brief interludes) through 1950. Here’s one of his silent efforts for Sennett, “TenDollars or Ten Days” (1924), starring Ben Turpin:
For more on silent and slapstick comedy please see 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
To find out more about show business past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.