Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy Book Giveaway (via Twitter in July)

“Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy”
Book Giveaway via Twitter

Time for our next book giveaway! This time, CMH will be giving away FIVE COPIES of “Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy” by authors by Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from July 3 through Aug 5. (plus ONE more copy via Facebook and this Blog, details to follow on Wednesday).

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, August 5 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • July 8: One Winner
  • July 15: One Winner
  • July 22: One Winner
  • July 29: One Winner
  • August 5: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday July 9 at 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE cop via Facebook/Blog as well!

Harry Landon: King of Silent Comedy


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, August 5 at 1oPM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

What do you love most about Harry Langdon? And, if you’re not familiar with his work, why do you want to win this book? 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win “Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.


About the Book:  Among silent film comedians, three names stand out―Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd―but Harry Langdon indisputably deserves to sit among them as the fourth “king.” In films such as The Strong Man (1926) and Long Pants (1927), Langdon parlayed his pantomime talents, expressive eyes, and childlike innocence into silent-era stardom. This in-depth biography, which features behind-the-scenes accounts and personal recollections compiled by Langdon’s late wife, provides a full and thoughtful picture of this multifaceted entertainer and his meteoric rise and fall. Featuring never-before-published stories and photos from his immediate family, this biography is a fascinating and revealing look at an unsung silent film giant.


Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

Good Luck!


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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15 Responses to Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy Book Giveaway (via Twitter in July)

  1. Joe Migliore says:

    I’ve been a huge Langdon fan for most of my life; I think his Sennett shorts are superior to Chaplin’s, and I think THREE’S A CROWD is an underrated masterpiece. (I’m still hoping Sony will release his Columbia shorts on DVD.) I’ve been waiting for decades to read Mabel Langdon’s memoir, and I’m glad it’s finally been published! I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  2. The few movies I have seen of his I loved. Would love to learn more about him.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Stephen, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Could you please confirm here that you tweeted, or let me know if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks 🙂

  3. Carl says:

    I was not familiar with Harry Langdon at all until I looked him up just now. Did you know he made about 100 films in just a little over 20 years? Pretty phenomenal. right? I love to learn about historical figures in all fields, thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  4. Sara Stewart says:

    I’ve only seen short clips of his work and am fascinated by these marvelous actors who relied on facial expressions and animated gestures to tell you the story.

  5. Harry Langdon is a favorite! He has this wonderful light touch to his comedy, his character is a delicate, elfin creature who can’t quite deal with this whole “life” thing. He plays this so brilliantly in The Strong Man, in which he parodies damsel-in-distress tropes as he flees from a knife-wielding Gertrude Astor. Sadly underrated, I’m glad to see he’s getting some more coverage these days.

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  7. Pete Chun says:

    I’ve only seen a few of Harry Langdon’s films and I really like his comedic skills. I love the time period of when his movies were made and would love to know more about it.

  8. Joseph Kolakowski says:

    I love how Langdon had the perfect timing and facial expressions that made him look like the closest thing a “plain face” could look to a clown. He was a great genius.

  9. Jim Reid says:

    I love Harry Langdon’s innocence. He’s like a baby, or an alien who doesn’t understand what’s going on around him. I also love the time it takes him to react when something happens. You can see the realization of what’s happening dawn on his face. He’s hilarious!

  10. Mike OConnor says:

    What makes Harry Langdon stand out for me is that while many of the other silent clowns could be childlike in their mannerisms, Langdon more often than not nailed being a child: a mischievously clever perpetual 12 year old. He wasn’t afraid to let a gag play out in its own time, and for audiences, awkward laughter would quickly turn into the real thing.

  11. Trav S.D. says:

    I love Harry Langdon because he goes against the grain of what every body else does. He took real risks as a performer — stuck his neck out, by being as strange and as slow and as weird as he dared be. I love him even in the later pictures that don’t click — for ths very reason. His integrity I’d sure love to win that book!

  12. Hannu Björkbacka says:

    In HARRY LANGDON I love most his childlike innocence, which can turn on a dime into knowingness. Like his genuine attempt at acting tough in THE STRONG MAN’s hilarious scene where’s he’s having a flu in the carriage and annoying the gentleman sitting next to him. He is totally unique among silent film comedians, but the most unsung of the greats. Very interested in the new book!

  13. Jodi says:

    I would love to win because I do not know Langdon’s work and would love to learn more. The silent era is my favorite time in history and in cinema. If I could live in another time (taking family with me!), I would go back to that era!

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