The Great Lloyd-Chaplin Popularity Contest of 1923

When silent film aficionados sit down in fine leather wing-back chairs to discuss silent comedy while indulging in fine brandy and cigars, the two contenders for greatest clown are invariably Chaplin and Keaton. But in April, 1923, Famous Players asked movie-goers to vote between Chaplin and another titan of comedy, Harold Lloyd. The results, posted below, show that Lloyd’s comedies were a force to be reckoned with. Here are the results, published in the Toronto┬áDaily…

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Saturday Night at the Movies

In this week’s Sunday Star, I look at the launch of TVOntario‘s online Public Archive, which features 40 years of vintage broadcasting. The content is plentiful: from kids programming like Today’s Special, The Polka Dot Door, the years-ahead-of-its-time sci-fi/comics show Prisoners of Gravity, current affairs programs┬áRealities and Studio 2 and some of the best interviews from the lit-interview show Imprint. If you grew up in Ontario, chances are one of these titles rings a ball….

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