Public Domain Movies - Comedy

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.

Hi De Ho

Musical

Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters.

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.

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Comedy, Buster Keaton

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath is a curious mixture of all that was good and everything that was bad in Buster Keaton's talkie features. sidenote: The Movie was completely filmed in Buster Keaton private 10,000- square-foot Mediterranean palazzo in Beverly Hills

The Paleface

Silent, Comedy, Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton stars in this comedy as the captive of hostile Indians. His captors tie him to a stake and prepare him for death by fire. Keaton moves with the stake as the Indians try frantically to place the firewood around him. When he survives the flames due to his fire-resistant clothes, Keaton is made a member of the tribe and named Little Chief Paleface. He then foils the scheme of unsavory oil speculators to steal the land from his Indian companion.

Half Shot at Sunrise

comedy, Musical, WWI

Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey are privates in WWI France who chase girls, trade bad jokes and win battles.

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (Mad Wednesday)

comedy, Preston Sturges, Harold Lloyd

This final film by silent screen star Harold Lloyd comes nine years after his previous feature. In this film, that reprises a character portrayed by Lloyd in a 1925 film, it is shown what happened to our hero, Harold Diddlebock (Lloyd), twenty years after his big triumph on the college football field. Struggling in the same job he received twenty years previous, Diddlebock is fired so he wanders the streets and eventually goes into a bar.

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