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Mack Sennett
Mikall (Michael) Sinnott [1880-1960]

'The King of Comedy' actor-director Mack Sennett [1880-1960], behind the camera          short profile

movies by Mack Sennett
Biograph Studios
Keystone Studios
Sennett Studios

books by Mack Sennett

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“We never make sport of religion, politics, race, or mothers. A mother never gets hit
with a custard pie. Mothers-in-law, yes. But mothers, never.”
— Mack Sennett

Producer & director & studio head Michael 'Mack' Sennett was most famous for his comedy shorts,
which starred the Keystone Cops and rising stars Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Billy Bevan, Charles Chaplin,
Andy Clyde, Chester Conklin, Harry Langdon, Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Mack Swain, and Ben Turpin


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Formed Keystone in August 1912 with Adam Kessel and Charles Bauman; the company was originally a production subsidiary of the New York Motion Picture Company.

The M.G.M. Studios property was established in Culver City, California in 1915 as Triangle Studios by Harry and Roy Aitken, with producer partners D.W. Griffith, Thomas H. Ince, and Mack Sennett.

participant in Hollywoodland development?; both wiped out in 29 crash

Mack Sennett entry at Wikipedia
Mack Sennett credits [over 1100 entries! 1908-57] at Internet Movie Database
browse Mack Sennett on DVD


star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  Oscar for Best Short Subject for "Wrestling Swordfish" [1931]   Honorary Oscar in 1938      Mack Sennett received two Oscars:
one for "Wrestling Swordfish" [1931] {Best Short Subject}
and an Honorary Oscar in 1938

He also received
a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame



Movies  of  Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett credits [over 1100 entries! 1908-57] at Internet Movie Database
browse Mack Sennett on DVD at Amazon

W.C. Fields 6 Short Films collection from Criterion  "W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films" DVD Box Set [2000]
Criterion b&w DVD [8/2000] for $24.49
contains 6 b&w short films: "Pool Sharks" [Gaumont/Mutual 1915 silent]; "The Golf Specialist" [R.K.O. 1930]; "The Dentist"
[Sennett Pictures 1932]; "The Fatal Glass of Beer" [Sennett Pictures 1933]; "The Barber Shop" [Sennett Pictures 1933]; and "The Pharmacist" [Sennett Pictures 1933]; extras include interviews & commentary

NOTE: Transfer quality is below Criterion's usual standard.
Slapstick Encyclopedia box set  "Slapstick Encyclopedia, 1909-1927" DVD Box Set [2002]
Curated by film historians David Shepard & Joe Adamson
Image Ent. b&w DVD [4/2002] 5 disks for $62.99
includes 53 complete shorts plus snippets, from directors & comedians Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Monty Banks, Charley Bowers, Charlie Chaplin, Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel, Max Linder, Harold Lloyd, Will Rogers, Larry Semon, Mack Sennett, Ben Turpin & Bert Williams
Disk Two is entitled "Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies" and includes "Mabel’s Dramatic Career" [1913] with Mabel Normand & Mack Sennett; "A Muddy Romance" [1913] with Mabel Normand & Ford Sterling; "Barney Oldfield’s Race for A Life" [1913] with Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett & Ford Sterling; "The Rounders" [1914] with Charles Chaplin and Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle; "A Movie Star" [1916] with Mack Swain & Louella Maxim; and "Teddy At The Throttle" [1917] with Gloria Swanson, Bobby Vernon & Wallace Beery
Disk Three is entitled "Sennett In The Twenties" and includes "All Night Long" [1924] with Harry Langdon & Vernon Dent; "Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies" [1925] with Billy Bevan & Andy Clyde; "His Marriage Wow" [1925] with Harry Langdon & Vernon Dent; "Afternoon" [1926] with Harry Langdon & Alice Ward; "Wandering Willies" [1926] with Billy Bevan & Andy Clyde; and "Circus Today" [1926] with Billy Bevan & Andy Clyde


Rare Films of Mack Sennett, Volume 1  "The Directors: Rare Films of Mack Sennett, Volume 1" DVD Box Set [2009]
Classic Video Streams b&w DVD [12/2009] for $16.99
contains 15 silent short films: "The Villain Foiled" [1911], "The Baron" [1911], "A Spanish Dilemma" [1912], "Hot Stuff"
[1912], "Help! Help!" [1912], "The Brave Hunter" [1912], "The Fickle Spaniard" [1912], "The Furs" [1912], "Helen's Marriage" [1912], "Tomboy Bessie" [1912], "Katchem Kate" [1912], "A Dash Through The Clouds" [1912], "The Tourists"
[1912], "What The Doctor Ordered" [1912], and "The Tragedy of The Dress Suit" [1912]
Mack Sennett's Fun Parade compilation DVD  "Mack Sennett's Fun Parade" compilation DVD [2010]
Alpha Video b&w silents DVD [5/2010] for $7.68
contains 5 b&w silent short films: "Muddled In Mud" [1913] starring Mabel Normand & Ford Sterling; "Desperate Scoundrel"
[1915] directed by Charley Chase; "Barney Oldfield's Race For A Life" [1913] with the Keystone Cops; "Whispering Whiskers"
[1926] starring Billy Bevan; and "Taxi Doll" [1929 silent]; includes extra of Sennett-produced musical two-reeler "Dream House" [1932] starring Bing Crosby
Rare Films of Mack Sennett, Volume 2  "The Directors: Rare Films of Mack Sennett, Volume 2" DVD Box Set [2010]
Classic Video Streams b&w DVD [8/2010] for $16.99
contains 8 short films (7 silent, 1 sound): "Love, Loot, Crash" [1915] starring Charley Chase, with the Keystone Cops & Harold Lloyd; "Teddy At The Throttle" [1917 two-reeler] starring Gloria Swanson & Wallace Beery; "Hearts and Flowers" [1919]; "Water Wagons" [1925]; "The Rodeo" [1929]; "The Bees' Buzz" [1929]; "The Candid Camera" [1932]; and "He Trumped Her Ace" [1930 sound two-reeler]
Mack Sennett Sensations compilation DVD  "Mack Sennett Sensations" compilation DVD [2011]
Alpha Video b&w silents DVD [11/2011] for $7.98
contains 4 b&w silent short films: "The Rivals" [1913] starring Mack & Mabel; "Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts" [1915 two-reeler] starring Chester Conklin; "The Hollywood Kid" [1924 two-reeler]; and "Lizzies of The Field" [1924] starring Billy Bevan
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"Those Awful Hats" [3 mins.; Biograph Jan 1909]
Written & directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Mack Sennett, Flora Finch, Linda Arvidson,
Robert Harron & Florence Lawrence; full credits from IMDb

"The  Curtain  Pole" [13 mins; Biograph Feb 1909 ]
Co-written & directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Mack Sennett & Florence Lawrence; full credits from IMDb

"The Sealed Room" [11 mins.; Biograph Sept 1909]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall,
Linda Arvidson, Mary Pickford & Mack Sennett; full credits from IMDb

"The Red Man's View" [11 mins.; Biograph Dec 1909]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Owen Moore, James Kirkwood, Frank Evans, W. Chrystie Miller,
Alfred Paget, Lottie Pickford, Mack Sennett, Charles West & Dorothy West; full credits from IMDb

"A Corner In Wheat" [14 mins.; Biograph Dec 1909]
Co-written & directed by D.W. Griffith; based on the Frank Norris novel; starring Frank Powell, Grace
Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson, Henry B. Walthall, Mack Sennett & Blanche Sweet;
listed on National Film Registry (1994); full credits from IMDb

"In The Border States" [17 mins; Biograph June 1910]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Charles West, John T. Dillon, Gladys Egan, Frank Evans, Guy Hedlund,
Alfred Paget, Mack Sennett, Henry B. Walthall & Dorothy West; full credits from IMDb

"The Usurer" [18 mins.; Biograph Aug 1910]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; starring George Nichols, Grace Henderson, Mack Sennett, Mary Pickford,
Henry B. Walthall, Claire McDowell, Gladys Egan & Linda Arvidson; full credits from IMDb

"His Trust" [14 mins.; Biograph Jan 1911]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Linda Arvidson, Alfred Paget, Lottie Pickford,
Mack Sennett, Charles West & Dorothy West;
a print of this film survives in the U.C.L.A. Film & TV Archives • full credits from IMDb

"The Villain Foiled" [1911]
"The Baron" [1911]
"A Spanish Dilemma" [1912]
"Hot Stuff" [1912]
"Help! Help!" [1912]
"The Brave Hunter" [1912]
"The Fickle Spaniard" [1912]
"The Furs" [1912]
"Helen's Marriage" [1912]
"Tomboy Bessie" [1912]
"Katchem Kate" [1912]
"A Dash Through The Clouds" [1912]
"What The Doctor Ordered" [Biograph Aug 1912]
"The Tragedy of The Dress Suit" [Biograph Aug 1912]

"The Tourists" [Biograph Aug 1912 short]
Filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico including the Alvarado Hotel & Harvey House and the Santa Fe RR's
Barelas Shops; directed by & co-starring Mack Sennett; starring Charles West, Mabel Normand,
William J. Butler, Grace Henderson, Frank Evans & Kate Toncray
a print of this film survives in the U.C.L.A. Film & TV Archives • full credits at IMDb

Sennett played the part of "Sherlock Holmes, Sleuth" in 11 short films from 1911 to 1913

"The $500 Reward" [Biograph Aug 1911]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett {as Holmes}, with Fred Mace; credits at IMDb

"Trailing The Counterfeiter" [Biograph Oct 1911]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett, with Fred Mace; credits at IMDb

"Their First Divorce Case" [Biograph Nov 1911]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett, with Fred Mace; print exists at Eastman House,
not available on DVD; credits at IMDb

"Caught With The Goods" [Biograph Dec 1911]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett, with Fred Mace; credits at IMDb

"Their First Kidnapping Case" [Biograph April 1912]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett, with Fred Mace; credits at IMDb

"The Stolen Purse" [Keystone/Mutual Feb 1913]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett {as Holmes}, with Fred Mace; credits at IMDb

"The Sleuth's Last Stand" [Keystone/Mutual March 1913]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett {as Holmes}, with Fred Mace; credits at IMDb

"The Sleuths At The Floral Parade" [Keystone/Mutual March 1913]
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett {as Holmes}, with Fred Mace & Mabel Normand; credits at IMDb

... and three more

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The  Keystone  Studios  [1912-1917]
Keystone Studios was founded in Edendale {today's East Hollywood} in August 1912 by Adam Kessel, Charles Bauman, and Mack Sennett; the company was originally a production subsidiary of the New York Motion Picture Company. Keystone films were distributed by Mutual Film Corp. until the formation in 1915 of Triangle Studios by Harry & Roy Aitken, with producer partners D.W. Griffith, Thomas Ince, and Mack Sennett (the property later became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, now Sony/Columbia). Triangle distributed until 1917, when Sennett left Keystone to form his own company at Paramount. Keystone ended production in 1918, and finally closed in bankruptcy in 1935.

In modern times, the property was purchased in the 1980s by a photographer named Stephen Collins, who sold it in 2013 for $3.3M to music producer Jesse Rogg.
The building has been 'renovated and remodeled' for commercial rental to movie and music industry companies. The new company is called Mack Sennett Studios;
the two soundstages are 5,000 and 2,000 square feet; the official opening was in June 2013.

Keystone Studios entry at Wikipedia
explore Keystone Cops videos & DVDs

Mack Sennett & The Keystone Cops clips & shorts are featured on the 1960 & 1961 volumes
of Robert G. Youngson's "Kings of Comedy Collection" documentaries
"The Golden Age of Comedy" [D.C.A. Dec 1957]
"When Comedy Was King" [Fox March 1960]
"Days of Thrills and Laughter" [Fox March 1961]
"30 Years of Fun" [Fox Feb 1963]

these & other Mack Sennett & The Keystone Cops content are available on
Magic Lantern's Robert G. Youngson [1917-74] Page

Kops & Custards / Keystone Films book by Kalton C. Lahue & Terry Brewer  "Kops and Custards: The Legend of Keystone Films" [1968]
by Kalton C. Lahue & Terry Brewer

Univ OK Press pb [1/68] out of print/used
Univ OK Press hardcover [6/77] out of print/used
Silent Stars book by Jeanine Basinger  "Silent Stars" [1999] by Jeanine Basinger
Wesleyan Univ Press pb [11/2000] for $21.24
Diane Publng hardcover [4/99] for $35.00
Knopf 9x7 hardcover [10/99] out of print/used
featured stars include Clara Bow, Lon Chaney, Marion Davies, Douglas Fairbanks, Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, William S. Hart, The Keystone Cops, Tom Mix, Colleen Moore, Pola Negri, Mabel Normand, Mary Pickford, Rin-Tin-Tin, Gloria Swanson, Constance & Norma Talmadge, and Rudolph Valentino
Charlie Chaplin at Keystone & Essanay book by Ted Okuda & David Maska  
"Charlie Chaplin At Keystone and Essanay: Dawn of The Tramp" [2005]
by Ted Okuda & David Maska

iUniverse 9x5¾ pb [8/2005] for $18.95
Krazy Keystone Komedies shorts  "Krazy Keystone Komedies: Classic Short Subjects From The King
of Comedy" [2007]

14 silent shorts starring (in various combinations) Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Billy
Bevan, Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, Chester Conklin, Minta Durfee, Louise
Fazenda, the Keystone Kids, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain & others

Televista b&w DVD [9/2007] for $12.99

"A Strong Revenge" aka "The Rivals" [March 1913] /tt0003417/
starring Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling

"Barney Oldfield’s Race For A Life" [Keystone/Mutual June 1913] /tt0002663/
with Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Barney Oldfield & the Keystone Cops

"Peeping Pete" [Keystone/Mutual June 1913 short] /tt0003265/
Directed by & starring Mack Sennett, co-starring Ford Sterling & Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

"Mabel’s Dramatic Career" [Keystone/Mutual Sept 1913] /tt0003104/
with Mabel Normand & Mack Sennett /tt0003104/

"A Muddy Romance" (aka "Muddled In Mud"
[Keystone/Mutual Nov 1913] /tt0003177/
with Mabel Normand & Ford Sterling

"Fatty Joins The Force"
[Keystone/Mutual Nov 1913 silent short]
Fatty Joins The Force silent Keystone short starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle  Fatty rescues a little girl from a lake; her father is the police commissioner, so he rewards Fatty with a job; at first things go well, but then problems arise. Written & produced by Mack Sennett; directed by George Nichols; starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Dot Farley, Edgar Kennedy, Mack Swain, Minta Durfee, Henry Lehrman, Hank Mann & Al St. John
Synergy Ent. b&w DVD-R [5/2007] for $9.99
full credits at IMDb

"Little Billy's Triumph" [Keystone/Mutual Jan 1914]
starring Paul 'Litle Billy' Jacobs, with the Keystone Kids

"A Thief Catcher" [Keystone/Mutual Feb 1914] /tt0470941/
Long considered lost, recently rediscovered at an antique sale in Michigan; stars Ford Sterling, Mack Swain,
Edgar Kennedy & Al St. John; includes a previously-unknown cameo with Charlie Chaplin as a Keystone Cop

"The Knockout" aka 'Counted Out'
[Keystone/Mutual June 1914 short]
The Knockout aka Counted Out silent Keystone short starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle & Charles Chaplin  Two tramps decide to fake an exhibition boxing match; local no-goods convince Pug to enter as Cyclone Flynn, the champion; Flynn shows up and battles Pug, and the Keystone cops run them all out of town. Produced by Mack Sennett; directed by Charles Avery; starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Minta Durfee, Edgar Kennedy, Frank Opperman, Al St. John, Hank Mann & Mack Swain
available as part of the 1999 Madacy Collection DVD Box Set on the Chaplin Page
full credits at IMDb

"The Rounders" [Keystone/Mutual Sept 1914 short] /tt0004546/
with Charles Chaplin & Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

"Fatty's Suitless Day" [Keystone/Mutual Dec 1914 short] /tt0003949/
Directed by & starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, with Charley Chase & Minta Durfee

"Fatty's Spooning Days" [Keystone/Mutual Jan 1915] /tt0005679/
Directed by & starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, with Mabel Normand, Harry Gribbon & Minta Durfee

"Mabel & Fatty's Married Life" [[Keystone/Mutual Feb 1915] /tt0005310/
Directed by & starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, with Mabel Normand

"Willful Ambrose" [Keystone/Mutual March 1915] /tt0006293/
with Mack Swain, Louise Fazenda & Vivian Edwards

"Ambrose's Sour Grapes" [Keystone/Mutual March 1915]/tt0004889/
Directed by Walter Wright, with Mack Swain, Cecile Arnold, Edgar Kennedy, Mae Busch,
Harry Gribbon & Chester Conklin

"That Little Band of Gold" [Keystone/Mutual March 1915] /tt0006145/
Directed by & starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, with Mabel Normand

"Ambrose's Fury" [Keystone/Mutual March 1915] /tt0006354/
Directed by Walter Wright, with Mack Swain, Cecile Arnold, Chester Conklin,
Alice Davenport, Minta Durfee & Louise Fazenda

"Ambrose's Lofty Perch" [Keystone/Mutual April 1915] /tt0004887/
Directed by Walter Wright, with Mack Swain, Louise Fazenda, Don Barclay & Cecile Arnold

"Love, Loot, and Crash" (April 1915) /tt0005660/
starring Charley Chase, Dora Rodgers, with the Keystone Cops & Harold Lloyd

"Ambrose's Nasty Temper" [Keystone/Mutual April 1915] /tt0004888/
Directed by Walter Wright, with Mack Swain, Louise Fazenda & Don Barclay

"Mabel's Wilful Way" [Keystone/Mutual May 1915] /tt0005678/
Co-directed by Mack Sennett & Mabel Normand; starring Mabel Normand & Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

"When Ambrose Dared Walrus" [Keystone/Mutual July 1915] /tt0006258/
Written & directed by Walter Wright, with Mack Swain, Chester Conklin, Vivian Edwards & Billie Brockwell

"Dirty Work in a Laundry" aka "A Desperate Scoundrel" [July 1915]
/tt0005199/ Directed by Charley Chase, starring Ford Sterling & Minta Durfee

"Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts" [Dec 1915]
/tt0005204/ starring Chester Conklin

"A Movie Star" [Keystone/Triangle Jan 1916] /tt0007098/
Directed by Fred Hibbard, with Mack Swain & Louella Maxim

"His Bitter Pill" [Keystone/Triangle April 1916 short] /tt0006801/
Sennett's vicious slapstick parody of William S. Hart's noble cowboy hero; produced & co-directed by Mack Sennett;
co-directed by Fred Hibbard; starring Mack Swain, Louella Maxam, Ella Haines & Edgar Kennedy; credits at IMDb

"Teddy At The Throttle" silent short film
[Keystone/Triangle April 1917]
still from ending of 1917 silent short 'Teddy At The Throttle' which shows front of locomotive 2101, possible a Southern Pacific engine  Gloria's evil guardian is also in charge of her sweetie's trust fund, and is spending the money on himself; when Gloria finds out, the villain ties her to some railroad tracks, but she is rescued by Keystone's Great Dane wonder dog Teddy; still photo at left shows engine number 2101, film also includes footage of Pacific Electric passenger trains above the unpaved Los Angeles River east of Silverlake in Hollywood, California.
Directed by Clarence G. Badger; starring Gloria Swanson, Bobby Vernon, Wallace Beery & Teddy the Dog
full credits at IMDb
film is available on DVD on "Lost Silent Classics Collection" [2010]
along with "A Hash House Fraud" [1915] directed by Charley Chase, and "The Danger Girl" [1916] starring Gloria Swanson & Bobby Vernon
Alpha Home Ent. b&w silent DVD [4/2010] for $5.98

"A Clever Dummy" [Keystone/Triangle July 1917]
A Clever Dummy 1917 silent short  An inventor creates a life-sized mechanical dummy (before the term 'robot' existed) that is modelled after the janitor; both the janitor and the inventor's assistant are in love with the inventor's daughter . . .
Written & produced by Mack Sennett; directed by Herman C. Raymaker, Ferris Hartman & Robert Kerr; starring Ben Turpin, Chester Conklin, Wallace Beery, James Donnelly, Juanita Hansen, Claire Anderson, James Delano
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [11/2008 upload; 22:40] online at Internet Archive
available on "The Turpinator" DVD with two other silent comedy short films
Alpha Home Ent. b&w silent DVD [8/2011] for $4.99

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Sennett  After  Keystone

"Hearts and Flowers" [June 1919] /tt0010233/
short starring Louise Fazenda & Ford Sterling

"The Hollywood Kid" [April 1924] /tt0014997/
with Mack Sennett, Ben Turpin, Marie Prevost, Billy Bevan

"Lizzies of The Field" [Sept 1924] starring Billy Bevan /tt0015076/

"All Night Long" [1924] with Harry Harry Langdon & Vernon Dent

"Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies" [1925] with Billy Bevan & Andy Clyde

"His Marriage Wow" [1925] with Harry Langdon & Vernon Dent

"Water Wagons" [February 1925] /tt0247030/

"Whispering Whiskers" [1926] starring Billy Bevan /tt0016521/

"Afternoon" [1926] with Harry Langdon & Alice Ward

"Wandering Willies" [1926] with Billy Bevan & Andy Clyde

"Circus Today" [1926] with Billy Bevan & Andy Clyde

"Those Bitter Sweets" [1929] with Billy Bevan

"Taxi Dolls" [April 1929] /tt0248526/

"The Rodeo" [March 1929] /tt0248374/

"The Bees' Buzz" [April 1929] /tt0019682/

"He Trumped Her Ace" [March 1930] /tt0370641/

"The Candid Camera" sound two-reeler [June 1932] /tt0022740/

Oscar for Best Short Subject for "Wrestling Swordfish" [1931]    "Wrestling Swordfish" one-reeler [Educational Films Nov 1931]
Produced by Mack Sennett; script by Gene Towne; won Oscar for
Best Short Subject; VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; bare credits at IMDb

"The Timid Young Man" two-reeler [Educational Pictures Oct 1935]
Produced & directed by Mack Sennett; starring Buster Keaton;
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits from IMDb

"Down Memory Lane" [Sennett/Eagle-Lion/Medallion Pictures Aug 1949]
Down Memory Lane b&w compilation video  70-minute b&w compilation using four Mack Sennett shorts: "The Dentist" [Dec 1932] starring W.C. Fields; "In The Blue of The Night" [Jan 1933] starring Bing Crosby; "The Singing Boxer" [Jan 1933] written by W.C. Fields, starring Donald Novis; "Sing, Bing, Sing" [March 1933] starring Bing Crosby Co-produced by Mack Sennett; directed by Phil Karlson; written & hosted by Steve Allen {his first film}; with Franklin Pangborn, Frank Nelson, Ben Turpin, Keystone Cops, Irving Bacon, Mack Sennett, James Finlayson, Marjorie Kane, Mabel Normand, Dorothy Granger, Yvonne Peattie, Bud Jamison, Charles Murray, Billy Bletcher, Mack Swain, Gloria Swanson, Elise Cavanna, Florine McKinney
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
Malaco/Savoy Records b&w VHS [8/94] out of prodn/SOLD OUT

"Abbott and Costello Meet The Keystone Kops"
[Universal Pictures Feb 1955]
Abbott & Costello Meet The Keystone Kops color publicity photo  Circa 1912, Harry & Willie buy the defunct Edison Studios from a crook; after they realize that they were hoodwinked, they follow the crook to Hollywood and find him posing as a film director with plans to steal the studio payroll; includes old time steam & handcar railroad footage and biplane stunts. Directed by Charles Lamont; starring Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari, 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Frank Wilcox & Roscoe Ates, with cameos by Mack Sennett and original Keystone Cops Heinie Conklin, Harold Goodwin & Hank Mann
color photo {at left} poster in 3 sizes from Amazon from $5.99
available on DVD as part of "Best of A&C, Volume 4" [2005]
Universal Studios Home Ent b&w DVD set [10/2005] 6 movies on 2 disks for $24.49
Universal b&w VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

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Grand  Intl.  Pictures
In 1947, an outfit headed by J.J. Balaber called Grand International Pictures acquired 1.3 million linear feet of Mack Sennet films with the intention of editing 26 short sound comedies
from them. The first of these was a 13 minute short edited from "When A Man's A Prince" and released on 18 June 1947 as the first of the "Americana Comedy Film Classic Series".
{Neither Balaber nor G.I.P. appear on IMDB, although internet search found a 1949 address on Madison Avenue in New York City.}


Autobiography  of  Mack Sennett

King of Comedy autobiography by Mack Sennett  "King of Comedy" autobiography [1954]
by Mack Sennett, with Cameron Shipp

iUniverse 8½x6¾ pb [9/2000] for $16.95
Mercury House 8½x5½ pb [5/90] out of print/used
Doubleday hardcover [1954] out of print/used
"Le Roi du Comique" [1999]
Seuil French-language mass pb [3/99] import/scarce



Works  About  Mack Sennett

"This Is Your Life" episode [NBC-TV March 1954]
Hosted by Ralph Edwards; featuring Andy Clyde, Chester & Heinie Conklin, Vernon Dent, Minta Durfee, Louise Fazenda,
Harold Lloyd, Jack Mulhall, Franklin Pangborn & Cameron Shipp; DVD/Blu-ray not available; credits at IMDb

title page of 1971 "Mack Sennett's Keystone" book by Kalton C. Lahue  
"Mack Sennett's Keystone: The Man, The Myth & The Comedies" [1971]
by Kalton C. Lahue

A.S. Barnes 10x6¾ hardcover [1971] out of print/used
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"Mack & Mabel" Broadway musical [Oct-Nov 1974]
Mack & Mabel stage musical original Broadway cast recording  Ran for only 66 performances on Broadway (but successful on the road); nominated for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; the story of a waitress from Brooklyn who is made into a silent movie star; book by Michael Stewart; music & lyrics by Jerry Herman; starring Robert Preston, Bernadette Peters, Lisa Kirk & James Mitchell
Decca Records original Broadway cast recording CD [5/92] 14 tracks for $11.98
First Night Records London 1988 cast recording CD [11/95] 17 tracks for $22.49
Angel Records London 1995 revival cast recording CD [11/95] 20 tracks - out of prodn/used
credits at Internet Broadway databasestageplay entry at Wikipedia
"Mack & Mabel" filmed stageplay [Hollywood Playhouse 1991]
not available on video/DVD; bare credits at IMDb

"Chaplin"  [TriStar Dec 1992]
Chaplin 1992 bio-feature  Lovingly made bio-film covering Charlie Chaplin's early life in England, his professional success and personal failures in Hollywood, and his exile in Switzerland. Produced & directed by Richard Attenborough; color cinematography by Sven Nykvist; starring Robert Downey Jr. {as Charlie}, Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Penelope Ann Miller, Dan Aykroyd {as Mack Sennett}, Marisa Tomei {as Mabel Normand}, Kevin Kline, Maria Pitillo, Deborah Moore, Diane Lane & Nancy Travis; Oscar noms for Best Actor [RD], Best Original Score, Best Art Direction; won BAFTA for Best Actor [RD]
Lions Gate letterbox-widescreen color DVD [5/98] for $10.99
Lions Gate widescreen color VHS [3/98] out of prodn/used
Lions Gate color VHS [1/99] out of prodn/used
Sony soundtrack CD by John Barry [12/92] for $9.98
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

The Silent Comedians book by Richard Dyer MacCann  "The Silent Comedians" [1993] by Richard Dyer MacCann
featuring John Bunny, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Harold Lloyd, Mabel Normand & Mack Sennett
Scarecrow Press 8½x5½ textbook binding [6/93] for $32.50
Scarecrow Press 8¾x6 hardcover [6/93] for $49.50
Canadians In Early Hollywood book by Charles Foster  "Stardust and Shadows: Canadians In Early Hollywood" [2000]
by Charles Foster

The stories of eighteen Canadians who were celebrities during Hollywood’s formative years: Al & Charles Christie, Joe & Sam De Grasse, Marie Dressler, Allan Dwan, May Irwin, Florence La Badie, Florence Lawrence, Del Lord, Louis B. Mayer, Sidney Olcott, Jack Pickford, Mary Pickford, Marie Prevost, Mack Sennett, Douglas Shearer & Norma Shearer
Dundurn Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [9/2000] for $15.59
Keystone Kid / Early Hollywood  "The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood" [2001]
by Coy Watson, Jr.

Santa Monica Press 10¾x8½ pb [11/2001] for $24.95
Mack Made Movies children's book by Don Brown  "Mack Made Movies" [grades 2-5; 2003]
Written & illustrated by Don Brown

Roaring Brook Press 9¾x9½ pb [7/2005] for $7.99
Roaring Brook Press 10x10 hardcover [2/2003] for $16.95
Keystone Clowns of Mack Sennett biography by Simon Louvish  "Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett" [2004]
by Simon Louvish

Faber & Faber 7¾x5 pb [1/2005] out of print/used
Faber & Faber 8½x5¾ hardcover [2/2004] out of print/many used
The Keystone Krowd book by Stuart Oderman  "The Keystone Krowd: Mack, Mabel, The Kops & The Girls, 1908-1915" [2007]
by Stuart Oderman

BearManor Media 9x6 pb [12/2007] for $19.95
Mack Sennett's Fun Factory book by Brent E. Walker  "Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History & Filmography of His Studio  and His Keystone & Mack Sennett Comedies, With Biographies of Players & Personnel" [2009]
by Brent E. Walker

Kindle Edition from McFarland [12/2009] for $29.99 {sic}
McFarland & Co. 11x8½ 2-volume {3.5 pounds!} pb [4/2013] for $50.00
McFarland & Co. 11x8½x1.5 inches {3.8 pounds!} hardcover [12/2009] out of print/used = overpriced


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