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1. A Day's Pleasure (1919)

TV-G | 24 min | Short, Comedy

A father takes his family for an outing, which turns out to be a ridiculous trial.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, C. Allen, Naomi Bailey

Votes: 2,536

Criterion

2. Take a Chance (1918)

10 min | Comedy, Short

A man who goes by the name The Sport decides where he wants to spend his last twenty-five cents. He chases the girl he's infatuated with, and encounters colorful characters along the way.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard, William Blaisdell

Votes: 376

Criterion

3. The Marathon (1919)

10 min | Comedy, Short

Boy trying to impress girl, gets chased by her father and the police right into an ongoing marathon.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard, Sammy Brooks

Votes: 258

Criterion

4. Ask Father (1919)

Passed | 13 min | Comedy, Short

The young couple have decided to marry and it is time to ask the father for the hand of his daughter. Problem is, the father does not want to give the daughter away. So every time he goes ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Sammy Brooks

Votes: 961

Criterion

5. Young Mr. Jazz (1919)

10 min | Comedy, Short

While running away from his girl's father, their car breaks down in front of a dance hall run by crooks. Harold has to not only stay one step ahead of the girl's father, but also those trying to rob them of everything they have.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard, Sammy Brooks

Votes: 383

Criterion

6. Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919)

Passed | 12 min | Short, Comedy, Western

Billy Blazes confronts Crooked Charley, who has been ruling the town of Peaceful Vale through fear and violence.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Sammy Brooks

Votes: 709

Criterion

7. Bumping Into Broadway (1919)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Short

Young playwright spends his last cent to pay the rent of struggling actress in a theatrical boarding house. Pursuing her, he winds up at a gambling club, where he wins big, just before a police raid.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard, Helen Gilmore

Votes: 1,015

Criterion

8. Sunnyside (1919)

41 min | Comedy, Short

Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). He loves the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Olive Ann Alcorn, Albert Austin

Votes: 2,481

Criterion

9. Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)

Passed | 20 min | Comedy, Short

After a wild bachelor party, our hero finds himself aboard a sailing vessel where he encounters numerous adventures. In a dream sequence, he fantasizes that the ship is seized by a band of female pirates.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard, Fred C. Newmeyer

Votes: 326

Criterion

10. An Eastern Westerner (1920)

Passed | 23 min | Comedy, Short, Family

Blase eastern boy is shipped off to a ranch in the 'wild west ' by his father.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, J. Ray Avery

Votes: 1,228

Criterion

11. His Royal Slyness (1920)

Passed | 27 min | Comedy, Short

An American book salesman (Lloyd) is persuaded to go to the kingdom of Thermosa to impersonate the Prince. He is greeted by a peasants' revolt before the real prince shows up to claim his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, 'Snub' Pollard, Gus Leonard

Votes: 567

Criterion

12. High and Dizzy (1920)

Passed | 26 min | Comedy, Short

A tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks, Wallace Howe

Votes: 941

Criterion

13. The Idle Class (1921)

TV-G | 32 min | Short, Comedy

A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Charles Aber, Joe Anderson

Votes: 2,979

Criterion

14. Pay Day (I) (1922)

TV-G | 21 min | Comedy, Short

After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Mack Swain, Edna Purviance

Votes: 3,329 | Gross: $0.13M

Criterion

15. À Propos de Nice (1930)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.

Directors: Boris Kaufman, Jean Vigo

Votes: 3,601

Criterion

16. Flunky, Work Hard! (1931)

29 min | Short, Comedy

The story of a poor insurance salesman who struggles to provide for his wife and family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Shizue Akiyama, Seiichi Katô, Tomoko Naniwa, Tokio Seki

Votes: 380

Criterion

17. The Dream (1911)

11 min | Short, Drama

A loutish husband neglects his patient, loving wife to enjoy a night on the town. When he comes home drunk and irritable, he mistreats her. Then he falls asleep, and has a dream that causes... See full summary »

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Charles Arling, William Robert Daly

Votes: 128

18. Danger Ahead (1926)

Not Rated | 20 min | Comedy, Short

Greedy, Unscrupulous Rudolph learns that Belinda has just inherited $10,000, and he decides to steal it from her. He and his henchmen arrive at her house just as the money is being ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Pembroke | Stars: Earl McCarthy, Charlotte Merriam, Jack Cooper, Max Asher

Votes: 39

19. What the Daisy Said (1910)

16 min | Romance, Short

Two sisters want to know whether there is romance in their future. One sister pulls the petals off of a flower, while the other has her fortune told by a gypsy. When the gypsy tells the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mary Pickford, Gertrude Robinson, Joseph Graybill, Verner Clarges

Votes: 149

20. Don't Be Foolish (I) (1922)

18 min | Short, Comedy

Billy gets into trouble with a couple of cops by littering in the park, and must use all his ingenuity to elude them.

Director: Billy West | Stars: Billy West, Frank Hayes, Tom Murray

Votes: 8

21. R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (1917)

10 min | Animation, Short, Romance

Two prehistoric suitors, one a mailman, compete for the affections of a prehistoric maiden and a dinosaur.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 117

22. The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918)

Not Rated | 16 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

In a dream Uncle Jack looks through a magic telescope owned by the ghost of a hermit and sees what life was like millions of years ago, including a battle between prehistoric monsters.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien | Stars: Alan V. Day, Chauncey A. Day, Herbert M. Dawley, Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 218 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Where is My Treasure? (1916)

35 min | Short, Comedy

Husband is hounded by his nagging mother-in-law who lives with him and his wife. After coming home drunk one night he is kicked out by the mother-in-law. He disguises himself as a servant and gets a job at his own house.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ernst Lubitsch, Louise Schenrich, Helene Voß, Julius Falkenstein

Votes: 222

24. Ins Blaue hinein... (1931)

36 min | Short

A recent discovery, master cinematographer Schüfftan's only film as a director is a free-spirited, fast-paced ode to being young, free, and hopeful.

Director: Eugen Schüfftan | Stars: Toni van Eyck, Carl Balhaus, Aribert Mog, Theo Lingen

Votes: 78

25. A Two-Cylinder Courtship (1917)

Short, Comedy

A young couple head to Mexico to elope, but as they get closer to the border they realize they're running out of gas.

Director: Scott Sidney | Stars: Billie Rhodes, Jay Belasco, Gino Corrado

Votes: 10

27. A Straight Crook (1921)

Short, Comedy

When the client can't pay his bill he's reduced to bell boy and involved in a fake jewel theft.

Stars: Eddie Boland, Ethel Broadhurst, Harold Adkins, Betty Atwood

Votes: 10

30. Be Honest (1923)

12 min | Comedy, Short

One monkey is stealing eggs from the farmyard. Another monkey, with his dog friend, tries to stop the crook.

Director: Len Powers

Votes: 7

31. At First Sight (1924)

10 min | Short, Comedy

While Jimmy Jump is having a shine, he sees a girl struggling to put the top of her convertible. He helps her and they make a date for dinner, and exchange calling cards. Jimmy tells his ... See full summary »

Director: J.A. Howe | Stars: Charley Chase, Blanche Mehaffey, Lyle Tayo, Westcott Clarke

Votes: 30

32. Tell It to a Policeman (1925)

Comedy, Short

Two young lovers (Glenn Tryon and Blanche Mehaffey) are at home when a policeman (James Finlayson) comes to the door and begins telling them his life story.

Director: Fred Guiol | Stars: Glenn Tryon, Blanche Mehaffey, James Finlayson, Olive Borden

34. 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Comedy

A young man visiting Hollywood on family business gets into trouble when he sees a bank robbery in progress, and thinks it is a movie scene.

Director: Fred Guiol | Stars: Theda Bara, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Glenn Tryon

Votes: 434

37. A Convict's Happy Bride (1920)

Short, Comedy

Alice and Phil's happy home is disrupted when their furniture is being repossessed by a huge bullying workman. To placate him, they try being nice and inviting him to dine with them, but ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Smith | Stars: Alice Howell, Phil Dunham, Frank J. Coleman, Jackie Condon

Votes: 7

38. Under a Spell (1925)

Short, Comedy

When Neely is hypnotized to think he's a monkey, he goes on a freewheeling chase where he climbs things he wouldn't ordinarily and throws lots of things.

Director: Richard Smith | Stars: Neely Edwards, Bert Roach, Alice Howell

Votes: 13

39. Help! (1924)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Max accepts a wager that he cannot remain in a haunted castle for one hour (11 PM to midnight) without crying for help. As soon as he arrives he encounters strange and nightmarish visions, ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Max Linder, Jean Toulout, Gina Palerme, Gaston Modot

Votes: 325

40. La folie du Docteur Tube (1915)

6 min | Short

A scientist develops a powder that he believes will have the effect of distorting reality for those who take it. To test its effect tries it out on his assistant, a dog, himself and two young couples.

Director: Abel Gance | Star: Albert Dieudonné

Votes: 299

41. A Bird's a Bird (1915)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Comedy

Since his in-laws are coming for dinner, Mr. Walrus is to buy a turkey. Instead, he loses the money on a raffle, meaning no money for the turkey. Meanwhile, Mr. Walrus' neighbor, Mr. Spegle... See full summary »

Director: Walter Wright | Stars: Chester Conklin, Minta Durfee, Harry Ward, Alice Davenport

Votes: 109

42. Taxi for Two (1928)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

Dan Doolittle is a poor schmuck whose big talk usually gets him into trouble. After he is fired from his plumbing job, he saves Dolly Davis, who, grateful, promises to get him a job at the ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Jack Cooper, Virginia Vance, Otto Fries, Andy Clyde

Votes: 36

43. Fiddlesticks (I) (1927)

Not Rated | 20 min | Comedy, Short

Harry will do anything to be a musician, but it takes a junk collector to discover his hidden talents.

Director: Harry Edwards | Stars: Harry Langdon, Vernon Dent, Anna Dodge, Billy Gilbert

Votes: 139

44. The Pride of Pikeville (1927)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

Unlikely Lothario, the less-than-dashing crossed-eyed Ben Turoin, finds himself pursued by many beautiful ladies.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Ben Turpin, Thelma Hill, Andy Clyde, Ruth Taylor

Votes: 57

45. Ice Cold Cocos (1926)

Passed | 19 min | Comedy, Short

Billy and Andy impersonate two ice-delivery men in a suburban town. Billy takes a fancy to a newly-wed bride and most of his loose cash is liquidated as he flirts with her. Her husband is ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Kewpie Morgan

Votes: 46