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Slap Stick Collection

"Slapstick: A Timeless Comedy Genre" Step into the world of slapstick comedy, where laughter knows no bounds and physical humor reigns supreme

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Norman Wisdom / Rank

Norman Wisdom / Rank
NORMAN WISDOM British slapstick comedian on film, stage and TV

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W Hornes Beau Hunks (1931)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W Hornes Beau Hunks (1931)
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Beau Hunks (1931)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James Parrotts Night Owls (1930)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James Parrotts Night Owls (1930)
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Night Owls (1930)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY, 1939. Publicity still from the motion picture Flying Deuces, 1939

LAUREL AND HARDY, 1939. Publicity still from the motion picture Flying Deuces, 1939

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Wilson, Keppel & Betty in Horace Shepherds A Ray of Sunshine (1950)

Wilson, Keppel & Betty in Horace Shepherds A Ray of Sunshine (1950)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: The Marx Brothers in Sam Woods A Day at the Races (1937)

The Marx Brothers in Sam Woods A Day at the Races (1937)
The Marx Brothers in A Day at the Races (1937)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers in Alan Cullimores Lets Go Crazy (1951)

Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers in Alan Cullimores Lets Go Crazy (1951)
Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers in Alan J Cullimores Lets Go Crazy (1951)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Chico Marx and Harpo Marx in Sam Woods A Day at the Races (1937)

Chico Marx and Harpo Marx in Sam Woods A Day at the Races (1937)
Chico Marx and Harpo Marx in A Day at the Races (1937)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Little Tich

Little Tich
LITTLE TICH (Harry Relph) Music hall entertainer (1867 - 1928), posed in his famous 28" boots called slapshoes, for his Big Boot dance. Date: c.1905

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Harpo Marx in Sam Woods A Night at the Opera (1935)

Harpo Marx in Sam Woods A Night at the Opera (1935)
Harpo Marx in A Night at the Opera (1935)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: HARPO MARX (1888-1964). American comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

HARPO MARX (1888-1964). American comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Nat Jackley and Jack Jackson in Maurice Elveys Stars in Your Eyes (1956)

Nat Jackley and Jack Jackson in Maurice Elveys Stars in Your Eyes (1956)
Stars in Your Eyes (1956)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Nat Jackley in Maurice Elveys Stars in Your Eyes (1956)

Nat Jackley in Maurice Elveys Stars in Your Eyes (1956)
Stars in Your Eyes (1956)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: ACCIDENTS. Five & Ten Cent Annie with Louise Fazenda & Clyde Cook

SILENT FILM STILL: ACCIDENTS. Five & Ten Cent Annie with Louise Fazenda & Clyde Cook

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: When Knights were Cold. Stan Laurel

When Knights were Cold. Stan Laurel
WHEN KNIGHTS WERE COLD. Stan Laurel

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: MUSIC. Scene with Charles Buddy Rogers

SILENT FILM STILL: MUSIC. Scene with Charles Buddy Rogers

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Silent Still: Man in Distress. Charlie Chase

Silent Still: Man in Distress. Charlie Chase
SILENT STILL: MAN IN DISTRESS. Charlie Chase

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Scaramouche with Mr Punch, 1828 (engraving)

Scaramouche with Mr Punch, 1828 (engraving)
5320760 Scaramouche with Mr Punch, 1828 (engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; (add.info.: From the Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Punch)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: The doctor with Mr Punch, 1828 (engraving)

The doctor with Mr Punch, 1828 (engraving)
5320761 The doctor with Mr Punch, 1828 (engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; (add.info.: From the Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Punch)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Judy urges Mr Punch to take the child, 1828 (engraving)

Judy urges Mr Punch to take the child, 1828 (engraving)
5320759 Judy urges Mr Punch to take the child, 1828 (engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Punch in the Drawing Room, 1871 (engraving)

Punch in the Drawing Room, 1871 (engraving)
5320764 Punch in the Drawing Room, 1871 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: From The Graphic, 25 December 1871.); English, out of copyright

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Circus Clowns Escaped gorilla Elvira at the Bertram Mills Circus menaces a member

Circus Clowns Escaped gorilla Elvira at the Bertram Mills Circus menaces a member of the audience. December 1952 C6411

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Circus Clowns Big game hunter Charlie tries to capture escaped gorilla Elvira at

Circus Clowns Big game hunter Charlie tries to capture escaped gorilla Elvira at the Bertram Mills Circus. December 1952 C6411

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Vicky Page and Hazel Jennings in Tony Youngs Penny Points to Paradise (1951)

Vicky Page and Hazel Jennings in Tony Youngs Penny Points to Paradise (1951)
Vicky Page and Hazel Jennings

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT MOVIE STILL, 1920s. Still from a silent film showing a couple involved in a slapstick

SILENT MOVIE STILL, 1920s. Still from a silent film showing a couple involved in a slapstick accident

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Silent Still: Blacksmith

Silent Still: Blacksmith

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: HAROLD LLOYD (1889-1971). American comedian. Lloyd in a 1920s film still

HAROLD LLOYD (1889-1971). American comedian. Lloyd in a 1920s film still

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Joe E. Brown as apugilist in Hold Everything, 1930

Joe E. Brown as apugilist in Hold Everything, 1930
SILENT FILM STILL: BOXING. Joe E. Brown as apugilist in Hold Everything, 1930

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Gunboat Smith (left) and Chester Conklin spar

Gunboat Smith (left) and Chester Conklin spar
SILENT FILM STILL: BOXING. Gunboat Smith (left) and Chester Conklin spar

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Clyde Cook in Miss Nobody, 1926

Clyde Cook in Miss Nobody, 1926
SILENT FILM STILL: GOLF. Clyde Cook in Miss Nobody, 1926

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Slapstick bike race

Slapstick bike race
SILENT FILM STILL. Slapstick bike race

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: OBESE MAN AND CHAIR. Wood engraving, American, 19th century

OBESE MAN AND CHAIR. Wood engraving, American, 19th century

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Granpop Gets Down to Brass Tacks by Lawson Wood

Granpop Gets Down to Brass Tacks by Lawson Wood
Humorous illustration by Lawson Wood featuring his orang utan character, Granpop, descending a ladder only to stand painfully on some brass tacks. His porcine companion seems to find this hilarious

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: TAMING TARGET CENTER, 1917. Ben Turpin

TAMING TARGET CENTER, 1917. Ben Turpin

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT STILL: MAN & WOMAN. Fancy Baggage, 1929

SILENT STILL: MAN & WOMAN. Fancy Baggage, 1929

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: FILM: HECTIC DAYS, 1928. Lupino Lane in a still from the 1928 motion picture Hectic Days

FILM: HECTIC DAYS, 1928. Lupino Lane in a still from the 1928 motion picture Hectic Days

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: NO MOTHER TO GUIDE HIM. Silent film, 1919, produced by Mack Sennett (1884-1960)

NO MOTHER TO GUIDE HIM. Silent film, 1919, produced by Mack Sennett (1884-1960)

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Silent Film Still: Hell

Silent Film Still: Hell

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: PIE IN THE FACE. Silent film still. Fatty Arbuckle

PIE IN THE FACE. Silent film still. Fatty Arbuckle

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: Silent Still: Shower

Silent Still: Shower

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: SPORTS. Couple going fishing in a scene from a silent film, early 20th century

SILENT FILM STILL: SPORTS. Couple going fishing in a scene from a silent film, early 20th century

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: SPORTS. Three fishermen in a scene from a silent film, early 20th century

SILENT FILM STILL: SPORTS. Three fishermen in a scene from a silent film, early 20th century

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: MOVING. A scene from Rainbow, 1921

SILENT FILM STILL: MOVING. A scene from Rainbow, 1921

Background imageSlap Stick Collection: KEYSTONE KOPS. The Keystone Kops in a scene from Days Of Thrills And Laughter

KEYSTONE KOPS. The Keystone Kops in a scene from Days Of Thrills And Laughter



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"Slapstick: A Timeless Comedy Genre" Step into the world of slapstick comedy, where laughter knows no bounds and physical humor reigns supreme. From the iconic duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W. Horne's "Beau Hunks" (1931) to their hilarious antics in James Parrott's "Night Owls" (1930), these comedic geniuses knew how to tickle our funny bones. In LAUREL AND HARDY's publicity still from the motion picture "Flying Deuces" (1939), we witness their impeccable timing and irresistible charm that made them household names. Meanwhile, Wilson, Keppel & Betty brought their unique brand of eccentricity to Horace Shepherd's "A Ray of Sunshine" (1950), leaving audiences in stitches. The Marx Brothers were masters of slapstick as well, captivating viewers with their zany performances. In Sam Wood's "A Day at the Races" (1937), Chico Marx and Harpo Marx showcased their unmatched chemistry while Charlie Chaplin stole hearts with his timeless portrayal in "Modern Times" (1936). But let us not forget about other comedic legends like Norman Wisdom, whose Rank films left audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers also delighted fans in Alan Cullimore's uproarious film "Let’s Go Crazy. " (1951). Harpo Marx continued to shine on his own, enchanting audiences with his silent yet expressive performance style. Whether it was Sam Wood’s “A Night at the Opera” (1935) or any other production he graced during early 20th century America captured perfectly by a photograph showcasing Harpo Marx himself. Slapstick comedy has stood the test of time because it taps into our universal desire for joyous escapism. It reminds us that sometimes all we need is a good laugh – one that transcends language and cultural barriers.