VCI Entertainment presents "BECOMING CHARLEY CHASE" (1915-1925) (Silent) (460 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Charley Chase was an American comedian, screenwriter and film director, best known for his work in Hal Roach short film comedies --- While Charley Chase is far from being as famous as "The Big Three" ('Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd) today, he's highly respected as one of the "greats" by fans of silent comedy.
Charley Chase after a brief career in vaudeville entered Al Christie's movie studio as a comedian in 1913 before settling down at Keystone Films the following year --- Chase's career in films did not start off with remarkable success --- He played bit parts in a large number of short comedies, appearing with Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, among others, before he finally got his chance at Hal Roach Studios as a director, before Roach realized what a gifted performer he had hired. "I can play anything!" Chase once told Roach, and eventually his claim was confirmed --- Although Mack Sennett's Keystone studio has earned legendary status as the ultimate factory of comic invention, it can hardly be denied that Roach developed a more refined style of comedy which obviously fitted Chase better (indeed, Sennett's unsophisticated product increasingly lost favor with the movie-going public by the early 1920s, while Roach's studio flourished). During five years, 1924-29, he starred in nearly a hundred two-reelers, most of which were directed by Leo McCarey.
Chase usually portrayed an apparently gentle and charming man who in reality, it eventually turned out, was quite a loser after all. His character was largely inspired by Lloyd Hamilton, another neglected comedian whom Chase had directed in several two-reelers. Among Charley's most memorable shorts are Innocent Husbands, Mighty Like a Moose, and Movie Night.
Must send my complements to Paul J. Mular the reviewer from San Carlos, California for his in depth review with inclusive titles, year and date, plus time and music which has been added this year 2009 --- Totally agree that we need to support VCI Entertainment for this silent comedy set and other nostalgic releases --- Also own WEISS-O-RAMA collection, but please do check out VCI's catalog and website for other wonderful titles and give them our support.
SPECIAL FEATURES: 1. The Parrott Chase (45 Minute Documentary) 2. The Sounds of Silence Music Featurette 3. Interview With Charley's Daughter June Chase Hargis
BIOS: Charley Chase (aka: Charles Joseph Parrott) Date of Birth: 20 October 1893 - Baltimore, Maryland Date of Death: 20 June 1940 - Hollywood, California
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Total Time: 460 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment ~ (07/28/2009)
This is a terrific collection of shorts from the sadly under-rated Charley Chase. You can see the creativity and unique approach to his film making that lacked in many other comedy actors who had far more success. The subtle comedy timing. Visual humour. His own song and dance routines. His films had many layers. A natural, thoughtful film maker. What I'd love to see now is a DVD of some of his talkies, especially with Thelma Todd, a great team. 'The Pip From Pittsburgh' is his best ever talkie. Let's see 'em, PLEASE!