“Forgotten Hollywood”- Please Vote for Robert Youngson…

Posted on February 11, 2023 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…


“`Forgotten Hollywood is teaming with the  International Laurel and Hardy Society in an effort to send the film work of Robert Youngson into the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2023. A two-time Oscar-winning documentarian, Youngson was one of the first advocates in the preservation of silent films. He did so through a series of flicks over the course of a dozen years. We are campaigning to get The Golden Age of Comedy and/or When Comedy was King selected by the Film Registry,  an annual process held at the end of each calendar year. Robert Youngson was truly the Martin Scorsese of his day.

“`Why are The Golden Age of Comedy and When Comedy was King worthy of attention? Here are my compelling arguments:

  • Some of Charlie Chaplin’s earliest work (with Mack Sennett) was saved by Youngson
  • The Los Angeles City Council just named the Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd Alley as a city landmark. It is featured by Youngson in a Buster Keaton clip of his production – Cops
  • Gloria Swanson’s first role has been preserved. Early silent works of Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery and filmmakers George Stevens, Leo McCarey, and Frank Capra are on full display.
  • Battle of the Century,  for decades considered Laurel and Hardy’s lost classic, except for portions featured in The Golden Age of Comedy. This was recently restored to its mostly original status after missing celluloid was found.  Deemed so essential after its restoration, the Library of Congress immediately added this to its Film Registry. This remained in the conversation due to its inclusion in Robert Youngson’s production.


“`The best news… It is FREE to vote on the Library of Congress website. And it only takes a couple of minutes. We are not asking for donations or a lot of your time. Simply exercise your franchise and support the genius of a cinematic pioneer who dedicated his attention to saving silent comedy. He also introduced the genre to the baby-boomer generation starting in 1957.

“`While on the website, you can vote (FREE) for up to fifty productions not included in the Film Registry and they provide a list of movies still not in. And that list is quite extensive. They also ask you to single out a couple as to why they deserve special merit. The above reasons should be compelling. Click on the link below to enter the Library of Congress site:


“`On behalf of the International Laurel and Hardy Society and Forgotten Hollywood, please let me offer my heartfelt thank you, in advance. Cinema needs preserving and Robert Youngson is worthy of our appreciation. Did I mention it is FREE to vote?

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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