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Arrow Comedies
Volume 1
(1922-1924)

 

Contents: The Fast Mail-Man (1922), Keep Moving (1922), Hello Bill! (1923), No Danger (1923), Love (1924) and Raisin-Trouble! (1924).

This collection of scarce comedy shorts released by Arrow Film Corporation presents films starring Eddie Lyons, Bobby Dunn, Billy West and Jack Cooper. Note that the rival in Love is not Oliver Hardy, as was often the case with 1920s Billy West comedies, but is — instead — Hilliard ‘Fat’ Karr, and features a West rarely-seen outside of his pseudo-Chaplin persona.

coverLooser Than Loose Publishing
2008 DVD edition

Arrow Comedies, Volume 1 (1922-1924), black & white, ? minutes total, not rated,
including The Fast Mail-Man (1922), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Keep Moving (1922), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Hello Bill! (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, No Danger (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Love (1924), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Raisin-Trouble! (1924), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Looser Than Loose Publishing, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.99.
Release date: September 2008.
Country of origin: USA
This collection features an abridgement of Keep Moving (1922) presented from a new video transfer of a 16mm reduction print (11 minutes), and Hello Bill! (1923) from an existing video transfer, with newly-replaced titles. The Fast Mail-Man (1922) has been compiled from three different existing video sources to present as complete a home video version of the film as possible. Raisin-Trouble! (1924) is presented in a complete version from an existing video product (reel one) and a new video transfer (reel two) from a 16mm Kodascope reduction print.

As extras, a couple of abridged shorts are offered: a truncated version of No Danger (1923) that has been newly-transferred from a 16mm reduction print (6.5 minutes), and Love (1924) in a shortened version from a new transfer of a 16mm reduction print (6 minutes). All of the shorts are accompanied by restored 78 RPM recordings.

 
LOOSER THAN LOOSE has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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