Breaking the myth that modern day silent comedy historians created about “the 3 greats”.
This is how one of the top film magazines ranked comedians in 1920.
In modern silent comedy history books you’ll never find the truth about Al St. John.
This is only one example. If you dig into period material, this is what you’ll find: Al St. John, one of the most successful and popular comedians of the era.
There’s a lot of cleaning up needed. Not only St. John’s legacy have been ignored. We have a whole lot of performers who need to get their history corrected. If we fail to do so, lack of interest will eventually erase them from our film history and their work will be forever forgotten and destroyed.
* Photo of Al and uncle Roscoe in 1916. Al was already a famous comedian with his own starring series for Keystone Triangle.
Annichen Skaren, founder of The Al St. John Project, talking about Al St. John at Verdensteatret’s screening of Buster Keaton’s THE NAVIGATOR (1924)
Verdensteatret was built in 1915 and was in use from June 4th 1916.
kottennic asked: I want to know more about Al st. John, where do I start? Where is the best place to dive into the world of Al?
If you have Facebook you can follow my project. I’m writing a biography on Al, as that’s never been done before, and I am searching for his films in order to restore them for DVD. A entire collection is going to be released. There will also be a website. Until then, this TUMBLR is the place with most information on Al.
Here are links to my Facebook Al St. John pages:
The official FB page for The ASJ Project is up:
Please follow for exclusive news, gossip, info and treasures from The ASJ Archive !
Portrait is from Ship Ahoy/Fired Again (1920)
Drop by Niles Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, California 94536, on Saturday 8th and watch Al in his 1925 epic serial spoof CURSES !
There will be a bio on Al as well. I have given Michael Bonham of Niles Film Museum some info on Al’s life prior to the movies and provided some images.
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