I am the author of a series of books about Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, entitled Silent Traces, Silent Echoes, and Silent Visions, respectively. My books examine the historical settings preserved in the background of their classic films, and the changes wrought by the ensuing decades.
This blog supplements my books with tours, videos, and PowerPoint lectures that can’t be replicated in books, and new discoveries, and expanded coverage of the great silent clowns and their home turf, that would not otherwise be published. Look for discoveries concerning Harry Langdon, Charley Chase, and other silent stars as well. I welcome your questions and suggestions, and invite you to step back in time with me to explore silent-era Hollywood as seen through the eyes of its greatest comedians.
John Bengtson – “the great detective of silent film locations” New York Times (01/04/13)
John Bengston gave his meticulously-researched, mind-blowing “Silent Echoes” presentation at Cinecon 49. His site is a must-visit for fans of silent film!