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Charley  Chase
[1893-1940]

silent comedy actor & director Charley Chase [1893-1940]          short profile

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In the top rank of silent comedy stars (then and now),
Charley Chase wrote, directed and (mostly) starred in
over 250 short films in the 1920s & 1930s.


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Charley Chase [on board at Roach Studios 1920-36]
http://www.amazon.com/36-SILENT-MOVIE-KINGS-BIOGRAPHIES/lm/R351IKUVRN72ND/ including Charley Chase bio
birth name, Charles Joseph Parrott
two Stars on the Walk of Fame

Charley Chase entry at Wikipedia
Charley Chase credits [270+ titles; 1914-1940] at Internet Movie Database
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The World of Charley Chase



Movies of Charley Chase
Charley Chase credits [270+ titles; 1914-1940] at Internet Movie Database
browse Charley Chase on DVD

Famous Comedy Legends DVD box sets  "Famous Comedy Legends - Volume 1" [2002]
National Film Museum b&w DVD set [7/2002] 3 disks for $24.99
Starring Charlie Chaplin {3 shorts), Charley Chase (silent short "Bad Boy" [1925]), W.C. Fields (2 shorts), Buster Keaton (2 shorts, 2 silent features) & The Three Stooges (2 shorts)
"Famous Comedy Legends - Volume 2" [2002]
National Film Museum b&w DVD set [7/2002] 3 disks for $24.99
Starring Charlie Chaplin {2 shorts), Charley Chase (silent shorts "Innocent Husbands" [1925] & "Tell'em Nothing" [1925]), W.C. Fields (1 short), Buster Keaton (2 shorts, 2 features) & The Three Stooges (3 shorts)

Charley Chase DVD sets   "Slapstick Symposium Charley Chase Collection" [2004-2005]
Volume 1: Kino b&w DVD [8/2004] for $22.49
includes six b&w silent comedy short films: "All Wet" [1924], "April Fool" [1924], "Crazy Like A Fox" [1926], "Long Fliv The King" [1926], "Mighty Like A Moose" [1926] & "Mum's The Word" [1926], plus a photo gallery
Volume 2: Kino b&w DVD [9/2005] for $21.99
includes six b&w silent comedy short films: "Bromo and Juliet" [1926], "Dog Shy" [1926], "His Wooden Wedding" [1925], "Innocent Husbands" [1925], "Isn't Life Terrible" [1925], and "Shine 'Em Up" [1922] starring brother Jimmy Parrott & Jobyna Ralston, plus "A Charley Chase Biography" short
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
Becoming Charley Chase DVD box set  "Becoming Charley Chase" [2009]
includes over 40 silent comedy short films from 1915-26, plus a featurette,
a family interview, and the documentary film "The Parrott Chase"

Allday/Facets/V.C.I. b&w DVD box set [7/2009] 4 disks for $24.73

Charley Chase Comedy Collection on DVD  "Cut To The Chase: The Charley Chase Comedy Collection" DVD Set [2012]
contains 16 b&w silent Hal Roach shorts from 1924-26: "The Fraidy Cat" as Jimmy Jump, with the 'Our Gang' kids [March 1924]; "April Fool" as Jimmy Jump [May 1924]; "Bad Boy" as Jimmy Jump [April 1925]; "What Price Goofy"
[June 1925] first-ever DVD release; "Isn't Life Terrible" with Oliver Hardy & Fay Wray [July 1925]; "Innocent Hus-bands" [Aug 1925]; "The Caretaker's Daughter" [Oct 1925]; "The Uneasy Three" with Bull Montana [Nov 1925] from a MoMA print; "Charley My Boy" [Jan 1926] exclusive DVD release; "Mama Behave" [Feb 1926] first-ever DVD release; "Dog Shy" [April 1926]; "Mum's The Word" ([May 1926] from a darkish William Fox re-issue print; "Long Fliv The King" with Oliver Hardy [June 1926]; "Mighty Like A Moose" [July 1926]; "Bromo and Juliet" with Oliver Hardy [Sept 1926]; and "Be Your Age" with Oliver Hardy [Nov 1926]

Milestone b&w DVD [11/2012] 2 disks for $21.96

Charley Chase clips & shorts are featured on the 1957, 1961 & 1963 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 Charley Chase content are available on
Magic Lantern's Robert G. Youngson [1917-74] Page

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"Fatty's Suitless Day" [1914]
Starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle & Charley Chase
http://www.amazon.com/Fattys-Suitless-Roscoe-Fatty-Arbuckle/dp/B000QRIL76/

"Fatty's Faithful Fido" [1915 short] with Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle & Charley Chase

"Married To Order" aka 'Her Near Sighted Father' [1920]
with Oliver Hardy & Charley Chase /title/tt0248981/

"Jubilo, Jr." comedy two-reeler [Hal Roach/Pathé June 1924] /tt0235502/
Directed by Robert F. McGowan; scenario by Frank Capra; starring Will Rogers, Mickey Daniels, Charley Chase, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

"Position Wanted" [1924 short]

"Bungalow Boobs" [1924 short]

"All Wet" [1924 b&w silent]

"A Ten-Minute Egg" [1924 b&w silent]

"The Fraidy Cat" as Jimmy Jump, with the 'Our Gang' kids [March 1924]

"The King of The Wild Horses"
[Hal Roach April 1924 silent Western feature]
King of The Wild Horses 1924 silent Western feature poster  The son of a horse rancher is determined to capture & tame a wild stallion; he saves the horse during a forest fire, and together they prove that the foreman has been rustling horses and laying the blame on the boy. Directed by Fred Jackman, Sr.; script by Hal Roach & Carl Himm; starring Edna Murphy, Sidney De Gray, Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott), Léon Bary, Pat Hartigan & Rex the Wonder Horse
Televista b&w silent DVD [6/2009] for $17.99
full credits at IMDb

"April Fool" as Jimmy Jump [May 1924]

"His Wooden Wedding" [1925 b&w silent]

"Bad Boy" as Jimmy Jump [April 1925]

"What Price Goofy" [June 1925] first-ever DVD release on "Cut To The Chase" {above}

"Isn't Life Terrible" with Oliver Hardy & Fay Wray [July 1925]

"Innocent Husbands" b&w silent short [Aug 1925]

"The Caretaker's Daughter" [Oct 1925]

"The Uneasy Three" with Bull Montana [Nov 1925]

"Charley My Boy" [Jan 1926] exclusive DVD release on "Cut To The Chase" {above}

"Mama Behave" [Feb 1926] first-ever DVD release on "Cut To The Chase" {above}

"Dog Shy" b&w silent [April 1926]

"Mum's The Word" b&w silent ([May 1926]

"Long Fliv The King" b&w silent with Oliver Hardy [June 1926]

"Mighty Like A Moose" b&w silent [July 1926]

"Bromo and Juliet" b&w silent with Oliver Hardy [Sept 1926]

"Be Your Age" with Oliver Hardy [Nov 1926]

"Tell 'em Nothing" [1926 silent short]
Starring Charley Chase, Gertrude Astor & Vivien Oakland

"Thundering Fleas" [1926] with Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase & the 'Our Gang' kids

"Crazy Like A Fox" [1926 b&w silent] with Oliver Hardy & Charley Chase

"The Way of All Pants" [1927 short]

"Limousine Love" [Hal Roach/M.G.M. 1928 silent short]


Charley Chase & Thelma Todd Shorts, 1929-32
Thelma Todd [1906-35] was Charley Chase's favorite foil and leading lady;
they appeared together in 12 short films.

"Snappy Sneezer" [1929]
"Crazy Feet" [1929]
"Stepping Out" [1929]
"The Real McCoy" [1930]
"Whispering Whoopee" [Hal Roach/M.G.M. 1930 sound short]
"All Teed Up" [1930]
"Dollar Dizzy" [1930]
"Looser Than Loose" [Hal Roach/M.G.M. 1930 sound short]
"High C's" [1930]
"The Pip From Pittsburg" [Hal Roach/M.G.M. 1931 sound short]
"Rough Seas" [1931]
"The Nickel Nurser" [1932] with Billy Gilbert


"In Walked Charley" [Hal Roach/M.G.M. 1932 sound short]

Charley Chase made twenty films for Columbia Pictures
between 1937 & 1940

The Grand Hooter 1937 sound short  "The Grand Hooter"  [Columbia May 1937 sound short]
Charley's wife thinks that he spends too much time at his lodge, The Hoot Owls, so he takes her on a weekend vacation, where a jealous husband blames Charley for mash letters sent to his wife by a fellow lodge member. Directed by Del Lord; starring Charley Chase, Peggy Stratford, Nina Quartero, Harry Semels & Bud Jamison
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; credits at IMDb

"The Big Squirt" [Columbia 1937 short]

Flat Foot Stooges 1938 comedy short directed by Charley Chase   "Flat Foot Stooges"  [Columbia Dec 1938 short]
The stooges are firemen at a station that still uses horses to pull the engines; a salesman wanting to sell them newer firetrucks sabotages the engines, an alarm sends them chasing the emergency, only to discover that what's ablaze is their own firehouse. Co-produced, written & directed by Charley Chase; starring The Three Stooges (Moe & Larry & Curly), with Dick Curtis, Chester Conklin & Lola Jensen
available on "Three Stooges Collection 2" DVD set
Sony b&w DVD [5/2008] 2 disks for $15.99
full credits from IMDb


Works About Charley Chase

Four Clowns comedy anthology  "Four Clowns" [Fox b&w docu feature 1970]
Written & directed by Robert Youngson; co-starring Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb
Columbia Comedy Shorts book by Ted Okuda & Edward Watz  "The Columbia Comedy Shorts: Two-Reel Hollywood Film Comedies,
1933-1958" [1986] by Ted Okuda & Edward Watz

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/98] for $35.00
McFarland & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [9/86] for $45.00
Smile When The Raindrops Fall Charley Chase biography by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds   "Smile When The Raindrops Fall: The Story of Charley Chase" [1997]
by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds

Scarecrow Press 8¾x5¾ hardcover [12/97] for $38.49

"A Charley Chase Biography" documentary short [circa 2005]
available on "Slapstick Symposium Charley Chase - Volume 2" above

"The Parrott Chase" documentary film [circa 2009]


Family & Friends

Magic Lantern's Hal Roach [1892-1992] Page

actor-director  James Parrott  [1898-1939]
known as "The Doodletwit of Screen Comedy”; brother of comedian Charley Chase [1893-1940];
also billed as Paul Parrott & Jimmie Parrott; no browse/Amazon entry
IMDb listing [1917-38]Wikipedia


L i n k s

Charley Chase entry at Wikipedia
Charley Chase credits [270+ titles; 1914-1940] at Internet Movie Database
browse Charley Chase on DVD

DS's "An Introduction To Charley Chase" essay (2004)

The World of Charley Chase



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