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Robert  G.  Youngson

[1917-1974]


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films of Robert Youngson

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Cinema historian Robert Youngson produced & directed a series of documentary films showcasing the talents
of comedy & dramatic stars of the Silent Era, some well known and others forgotten or obscure.


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Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson, President of The Vampire Empire

Robert Youngson entry at Wikipedia
Robert Youngson credits [1948-70] at Internet Movie Database

browse videos/DVDs by Robert Youngson at Amazon


won Oscar for Best Short Subject for "World of Kids" [1951]   won Oscar for Best Short Subject for "This Mechanical Age" [1954]    Robert Youngson won two Oscars for Best Short Subject:
for "World of Kids" [Warner Bros. 1951]
and for "This Mechanical Age" [Warner Bros. 1954]
plus nominations in 1951, 1956 & 1957

He also received       
Harvard Film Society Award in 1940       
and a National Board of Review Special Citation in 1974       



Films  of  Robert Youngson
Robert Youngson credits [1948-70] at Internet Movie Database
browse videos/DVDs by Robert Youngson at Amazon

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"Fifty Years Before Your Eyes" documentary [Warner Bros. June 1950]
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes 1950 documentary  "The picture that was 50 years in the making!" • Featuring archive footage of Enrico Caruso, Charles Chaplin, William F. Cody, Calvin Coolidge, Eugene V. Debs, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Tomás Garrigue Masaryk, Lou Gehrig, Harold 'Red' Grange, Warren G. Harding, Emperor Hirohito, Herbert Hoover, Al Jolson, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Fiorello LaGuardia, V.I. Lenin, Charles A. Lindbergh, Huey Long, William McKinley, Prince Charles, Knute Rockne, Will Rogers, Franklin D. Roose-velt, Theodore Roosevelt, Lillian Russell, Babe Ruth, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman, Tsar Nicholas II, Ben Turpin, Rudolph Valentino, Pancho Villa, and Woodrow Wilson • 72-minute docufilm, mostly culled from b&w newsreel footage; produced & co-written by Alfred Butterfield; directed by Robert Youngson; co-written by Thomas H. Wolf; narrated by André Baruch, Norman Brokenshire, Milton Cross, Dan Donaldson, Arthur Godfrey, H.V. Kaltenborn, Clem McCarthy, Quentin Reynolds & Dwight Weist
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

Youngson's Warner Bros. Short Subjects
series titles included Vitaphone Novelties, Vitaphone Varieties & Warner Varieties
Vitaphone Sound Section on Magic Lantern's Warner Bros. Studios Page

"A Cavalcade of Girls" [1950]
Oscar-nominated "Blaze Busters" [1950]
"Disaster Fighters" [1951]
"Horse-Hide Heroes" [1951]
Oscar-winning "World of Kids" [1951]
"Lighter Than Air" [1951]
"Animals Have All The Fun" [1952]
"Daredevil Days" [1952]
"Too Much Speed" [1952]
"I Remember When" [1953]
"An Adventure To Remember" [1953]
"A Bit of The Best" [1953]
"No Adults Allowed" [1953]
"Head Over Heels" [1953]
"Looking At Life" [1953]
"Say It With Spills" [1953]
"Magic Movie Moments" [1953]
"This Was Yesterday" [1954]
"They Were Champions" [1954]
"I Remember When" [1954]
"This Wonderful World" [1954]
"Thrills From The Past" [1954]
"When Sports Were King" [1954]
Oscar-winning "This Mechanical Age" [1954]
"Those Exciting Days" [1955]
"Fire, Wind and Flood" [1955]
"When The Talkies Were Young" [1955]
Oscar-nominated "Gadgets Galore" [1955]
"It Happened To You" [1955]
"The Picture Parade" [1956]
"Some of The Greatest" [1956]
Oscar-nominated "I Never Forget A Face" [1956]
"Faster and Faster" [1956]
"Animals and Kids" [1956]

Kings of Comedy Collection on DVD

cover for Golden Age of Comedy 1957 docufilm Region 2 DVD  "The Golden Age of Comedy" [D.C.A. Dec 1957]
features silent comic actors Billy Bevan, Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, W.C. Fields, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy (from their "Big Business" [1929]), Harold Lloyd, Our Gang, and others Co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; narrated by Dwight Weist & Ward Wilson
available on 2007 DVD below; VidAmerica b&w VHS [3/92] for $19.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
When Comedy Was King 1960 docufilm on DVD  "When Comedy Was King" [Fox March 1960]
features silent comic actors Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, James Finlayson, Buster Keaton, Edgar Kennedy, The Keystone Cops, Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy, Mabel Normand, 'Snub' Pollard & Gloria Swanson
Co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; narrated by Dwight Weist
Televista b&w DVD [9/2007] for $20.99
full credits from IMDb
Days of Thrills & Laughter 1961 docufilm on DVD  "Days of Thrills and Laughter" [Fox March 1961]
features silent comic actors Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Charley Chase, Douglas Fairbanks, Oliver Hardy, Harry Houdini, Boris Karloff, The Keystone Cops, Stan Laurel, Mabel Normand, Warner Oland, 'Snub' Pollard, Ruth Roland, Mack Sennett, Al St. John & Ford Sterling
Co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; narrated by Jay Jackson
V.C.I. Ent. b&w DVD [6/2010] for $13.49
M.P.I. Home Video b&w VHS [10/94] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

30 Years of Fun 1963 docufilm on DVD  "30 Years of Fun" [Fox Feb 1963]
85-minute docufilm features silent-era actors & filmmakers Billy Bevan, Charlie Chaplin, Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, Vernon Dent, Douglas Fairbanks, Greta Garbo, Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel, Tom Mix, Mabel Normand, Mary Pickford, 'Snub' Pollard, Edna Purviance, and King Vidor Produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson
Televista b&w DVD [10/2007] for $21.99
full credits at IMDb

"The First Kings of Comedy Collection" [2007]
contains "Golden Age of Comedy" [1957] and "When Comedy Was King" [1960] on one disk
Genius Ent. b&w DVD [10/2007] out of prodn/used

"M.G.M.'s Big Parade of Comedy" [M.G.M. Sept 1964]
Big Parade of Comedy  Co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; narrated by Les Tremayne; featuring clips of Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Lucille Ball, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Benchley, Leo Carrillo, Marion Davies, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, W.C. Fields, James Finlayson, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, Ted Healy & The Three Stooges, Katharine Hepburn, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Carole Lombard, The Marx Brothers, "The Thin Man" [1934], Franchot Tone & Spencer Tracy
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Warner Video b&w VHS [1/93] for $25.97
full credits from IMDb

"Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's" [M.G.M. Nov 1965]
really ugly poster for Robert Youngson's "Laurel & Hardy's Laughing 20's" compilation   91-minute compilation written & directed by Robert Youngson; includes the Laurel & Hardy shorts "From Soup To Nuts" [1927], "Putting Pants On Philip" [1927], "Sugar Daddies"
[1927], "The Finishing Touch" [1928], "Wrong Again" [1929] & two Max Davidson shorts, plus clips of Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Jimmy Finlayson, Edgar Kennedy & others
not available on DVD • M.G.M. Home Video b&w VHS [1/93] for $1.99 {sic}
full credits from IMDb

"The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy" [Fox March 1968]
Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy compilation directed by Robert Youngson  99-minute compilation co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; includes clips from many Laurel & Hardy solo & team shorts, plus clips of Charley Chase, Jean Harlow, 'Snub' Pollard & Billy West
Telavista b&w DVD [6/2007] for $12.99
full credits from IMDb

"Four Clowns" [Fox b&w docu feature Sept 1970]
Four Clowns comedy anthology  Written & directed by Robert Youngson; starring Buster Keaton,
Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits from IMDb

Related  Links
Robert Youngson entry at Wikipedia
Robert Youngson credits [1948-70] at Internet Movie Database
browse videos/DVDs by Robert Youngson at Amazon

Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson as President of the 'Vampire Empire'


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