Classic Comedy Marathons

(Above: Edna Purviance, “Scraps,” and Charlie Chaplin in ‘A Dog’s Life.’ Source: The Film Detective)

The Film Detective, a 24/7 streaming channel that also offers free on-demand access to a large collection of films in dozens of categories, (including Blaxploitation, the British Film InstitutePre-CodeSerials and Silent) will highlight classic comedy this month.

April Fools’ Day

Today, April 1, The Film Detective 24/7 channel will showcase a 24-hour April Fools’ marathon including such classic comedic legends as Buster Keaton (Speak Easily, from 1932, co-starring Jimmy Durante and Thelma Todd, at 3:03 pm ET) and Abbott and Costello (Africa Screams, from 1952, at 10:36 pm).  For a complete listing, visit You can also find additional titles on demand for Keaton and Abbott and Costello.

Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily on The Film Detective
(Above: Buster Keaton, Thelma Todd and Buster Keaton in ‘Speak Easily.’ Source: Wikimedia)

Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin

The streamer will celebrate the Little Tramp, born on April 16, 1889, with a weekend-long marathon from April 17-19 (schedule of titles to be announced). Before that, you can access The Film Detective’s archives featuring such Chaplin films as The Kid (the 1921 tear-jerker starring future Uncle Fester, Jackie Coogan), Easy Street (1917),  A Dog’s Life (1918) and filmmaker Sam Sherman’s 1966 documentary, Chaplin’s Art of Comedy.

Happy Birthday, Roger Corman

Horror-comedy cult-legend Roger Corman will celebrate his 94th birthday on Sunday, April 5. On that day, from 3:30 pm to midnight, The Film Detective will show such films as the beatnik satire A Bucket of Blood (1959) and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) with a young Jack Nicholson. You can find trailers with commentary for both movies – and others – in The Film Detectives’ Trailer’s from Hell section.

Jack Nicholson in The Little Shop of Horrors on The Film Detective
(Above: Jack Nicholson in ‘The Little Shop of Horrors.’ Source: Wikimedia)

Where to Watch The Film Detective

The streamer’s 24/7 channel is available on Sling, STIRR and DistroTV.

You can also watch the service on demand at The Film Detective, and via its app for iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

Although The Film Detective is free,with commercials, you can sign up for an ad-less experience for $3.99/month or $34.99 for the year.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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