During the peak of his career, Douglas MacLean — who typically played energetic, industrious and charming young men, very much in the mold of Douglas Fairbanks — starred in 23 feature films, appearing on screen with nearly the same frequency as the outputs of Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton combined. Unlike these giants of comedy, whose films were regularly revived and reissued, MacLean’s films have been practically impossible to see until now. The Douglas MacLean Collection offers viewers a chance to rediscover the work of a forgotten master of silent comedy.
Undercrank Productions, in partnership with the Library of Congress, has revived two of MacLean’s most entertaining films, One a Minute (1921) and Bell Boy 13 (1923), in brand new digital restorations sourced from the best surviving elements. Douglas MacLean’s fast-moving and whimsical comedies of the early 1920s were some of the Thomas H. Ince studio’s most popular releases. A bonus short, A Trip Through the World’s Greatest Motion Picture Studios (1920), presents a fascinating glimpse into the Ince studios at Culver City, and features Ince with many of his contract players including MacLean.
With new scores by Ben Model, these classics belong on the shelf of every silent film comedy fan.
One a Minute (1921) – 56 min.
Bell Boy 13 (1923) – 44 min.
A Trip Through the World’s Greatest Motion Picture Studios (1920) – 23 min.
123 mins ● B&W ● Stereo ● 4:3 aspect ratio ● 2-disc set ● Not Rated ● NTSC ● Region 0 (all-regions)
Produced for DVD by Ben Model/Undercrank Productions
Release date: February 18, 2020