What good is a silent movie if you can’t have a few title cards revolving around pants? No good at all, that’s the answer, and today we’re going to enjoy some pants-related intertitles.
(We mean this in the American sense, not the British. This is a family website.)
Beyond the Border is the best western comedy you’ve never seen. Harry Carey plays a sheriff done out of his job by a dirty election. And the gentleman sans trousers? He’s mistaken for a smallpox victim because, yes, it’s that kind of town.
Mary Pickford demonstrates the dangers of sliding down a banister when the seat of her pantaloons catches fire in Daddy Long Legs.
Always sound advice. This is from The Godless Girl, Cecil B. DeMille’s final silent picture.
Harry Langdon demonstrates his bird skills in The Strong Man, one of my all-time favorite silent comedies.
Charlie Chaplin is having some major issues with trouser maintenance and it gets him into trouble in City Lights.
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