Selling the Silents #11:
The April Fools' Edition

From the 1927 Paramount release book
"At last this great comedy star, the man who has convulsed millions in all parts of the world, is to appear on the screen. Wynn's tests reveal him as even funnier in pictures than he is behind the footlights! His first picture is a lavish, de luxe comedy production with a famous director and an all-star cast. Watch for further details."
Of course, after the release of The Perfect Fool, Ed Wynn would go on to become one of the biggest comedy successes on the silver screen.


Ivan G. said...

Maybe it's because I've been exposed to so many of Wynn's radio broadcasts, but I'm curious to see how his clowning would have played in a silent film.

swac said...

This is sort of a quasi-April Fool's post (mainly I was just going with the "fool" part), because there was no Ed Wynn picture called The Perfect Fool, although this ad is in fact legit, taken from the Paramount book. However, Wynn did make Rubber Heels around the same time, so presumably that's the film that A Perfect Fool was supposed to be. The cast includes Chester Conklin and Thelma Todd, which pretty much makes it a must-see, although I'm not even sure if a print even exists. On the IMDb there's a "review" by emminent film fraud F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, from Minffordd, North Wales, who I believe claimed to have seen a rare collector's print of London After Midnight, until the IMDb took his post down. Anyway, if MacIntyre claims to have seen it, it's probably lost, but I'll check with the experts over on alt.movies.silent.

swac said...

Here is a still from Rubber Heels, although for the life of me, aside from Chester Conklin, I can't make out the faces of anyone in the picture.

swac said...

I've received word from on high (aka lost film expert Jon Mirsalis) that Rubber Heels is a lost film. Which I figured from F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre's IMDb posting (that lad gets to see the darndest tihngs).