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Alfred St. John

Sept.10. 1892 – Jan.21. 1963

"We didn't need dialog. We had faces."

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Al visiting homeless kids in 1922, giving each a silver dollar.

Al visiting homeless kids in 1922, giving each a silver dollar.

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Al on set in 1921. 
Leading lady in the photo is Norma Contero.

Al on set in 1921.
Leading lady in the photo is Norma Contero.

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Lobby Card from THE HAYSEED (1921) - Al with leading lady Norma Contero.

Lobby Card from THE HAYSEED (1921) - Al with leading lady Norma Contero.

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Lunch break on-set of LOVE (1919)
Frank Hayes, Monty Banks, uncle Roscoe and Luke.
Winifred Westover and Al in the car.

Lunch break on-set of LOVE (1919)
Frank Hayes, Monty Banks, uncle Roscoe and Luke.
Winifred Westover and Al in the car.

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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.

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The Comique gang in THE COOK (1918)

The Comique gang in THE COOK (1918)

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