Sunday, 3 May 2015
142 Golden Silents
First watched : Autumn 1973
Well Genome has surprised me here. I remember regularly watching a programme about silent movie stars on a Saturday morning but I would have put it much earlier than the latter part of 1973. They were repeats of a show first broadcast in 1969 in the evenings and can't have worked as a Saturday morning feature for it was pulled after just four weeks and hasn't been broadcast since.
The programme was broadcast from the National Film Theatre and presented by Michael Bentine who would lecture in a fairly straight manner about a theme illustrated by plenty of clips of the greats. Here's where I first saw Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton et al and found them reasonably funny.