Public Domain Movies - Comedy

Boys of the City

Street kids get sent to the country, where they get mixed up in murder and a haunted house.

The General

silent, comedy, romance, war, Buster Keaton

Complete version (other version on is missing 1st 4 minutes) Union solders have stolen The General, a Confederate train manned by Johnnie Gray, who was unable to enlist in the Confederate army because he is needed as an engineer. The Union plans to use the train to supply its soldiers in a sneak attack against the Confederates. But now it's up to Gray and his love, Annabelle Lee, to reclaim The General, recross enemy lines, and warn the Confederates.

Charlie Chaplin's "A Busy Day"

Charlie Chaplin, Silents

Charlie Chaplin's 14th Film Released May 07 1914 Chaplin plays a wife jealous of her husband's interest in another woman, played by Phyllis Allen. On her way to attack the couple, the wife interrupts the set of a film, knocking over a film director, played by Mack Sennett, and a policeman, played by Billy Gilbert

'Neath Brooklyn Bridge

comedy, East Side Kids

The East Side Kids protect a young girl from being framed for murder.


Silent, Comedy, Buster Keaton

A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force

Earthworm Tractors

Comedy, Romance

Joe E. Brown as Andrew H. Botts, wreaks havok on a small town after coning his way into a salesman position for the Earthworm Tractor company.

Eternally Yours

Romance, Comedy, drama

When a magician's act takes precedent over his marriage, his wife gives him trouble. Stars Loretta Young and David Niven. Originally uploaded by kotic There is some cool footage of the Trylon and Perisphere from the 1939-1940 worlds fair.

Shoulder Arms

silent, comedy, Charles Chaplin

Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.

The Blacksmith

Silent, Comedy, Buster Keaton

Blacksmiths' assistant inadvertent clowning around in the shop, gets into fight with the smithy who is then arrested and placed in jail. In the meantime, the assistant tries to help several customers with devastating comedic consequences.

Charlie Chaplin's "Behind The Screen"

Charlie Chaplin, Silents

Charlie Chaplin's 57th Film released November 13 1916. Behind the Screen, a short film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin also starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance. In the film which takes place in a movie studio, Chaplin plays a stagehand named David while Campbell ("Goliath") plays his supervisor. Much of the film is slapstick comedy but other issues are also brought up such as a stagehand strike as well as a plotline in which Purviance, unable to become an actress, dresses as a man and becomes a stagehand. The film is silent.