Title ID, for early Hollywood silent film clips
November 2, 2016 3:20 PM   Subscribe

Links aren't working for me.
posted by notquitemaryann at 3:45 PM on November 2, 2016

hmmm. thanks for the heads up. yes the links don't seem to be working. I'm going to repost with new links.
posted by stanleyhuff at 3:49 PM on November 2, 2016

Before you repost--where did you find them?
posted by Ideefixe at 4:26 PM on November 2, 2016

(If you put working links in a comment, I can edit the post for you.)

I saw the first set of your clips before they were taken down.

1 - Big guy driving long car/bus with rickety wobbly front wheels and lots of people -
(initial guess, maybe Oliver Hardy or Joe Roberts driving?)

2 - Cars driving in a circle make cop(?) dizzy -
The very beginning of this clip looks like the Buster Keaton stunt where he's yanked sideways by a car. That stunt's in this compilation at 0:45 and I think is from his film Cops - filming location described here)... but the latter link says the cars-drive-a-circle scene isn't the next scene in the movie of Cops.

3 - Woman driving car, guy in front with bowler hat trying to push against it -
(my initial thought was the guy has the body language of Harold Lloyd but isn't an exact match)

4 - Guy about to do a stunt where two trucks are driving parallel, he's in the back flatbed of one, at the top of two parallel boards hanging down -

5 - Special effect, car drives on vertical surface of apartment building then down thru sidewalk while street-level onlookers are amazed -
This scene shows up in a stock-photos site alongside pics from the Snub Pollard film "It's a Gift"
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]

[Reposted the links above.]
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 6:05 PM on November 2, 2016

#2 is Buster Keaton in "Cops" -- that one-handed car grab is pretty famous.
posted by AzraelBrown at 4:30 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

(the part with the cars driving in a circle doesn't seem to be from "Cops", I just watched it online and didn't see that bit in there).
posted by AzraelBrown at 4:58 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

#2 - I forget the film it is from but yes I'm pretty sure it is Buster Keaton.
posted by Ashwagandha at 7:15 AM on November 3, 2016

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